SCOTT MAKES MOST OF MEMPHIS RUN TOP 10 QUALIFYING EFFORT AND TOP 15 FINISH HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND Millington, TN (June 28, 2008) -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor Brian Scott made the most out of his first visit to Memphis Motorsports Park...
SCOTT MAKES MOST OF MEMPHIS RUN
TOP 10 QUALIFYING EFFORT AND TOP 15 FINISH HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND
Millington, TN (June 28, 2008) -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor Brian Scott made the most out of his first visit to Memphis Motorsports Park this weekend. The 20 year-old Idaho native posted a top 10 qualifying run and then followed that up with a solid 13th place finish in Saturday night's O'Reilly 200.
Scott qualified his No. 16 Albertsons Chevrolet in the 6th starting position during Saturday afternoon's qualifying session touring the 0x00be mile venue in 23.029 seconds which translates into 117.243 mph. "That was a good qualifying run," Scott said after jumping out of his Albertsons Chevrolet Silverado. "It was just a tick tight, and it slid the nose about half a lane up. Other than that it handled great."
When the green flag fell Scott settled firmly in the top ten just getting a feel for his Chevy. When the third caution flag fell on lap 52 Scott brought his truck down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. He exited the pits in the 13th spot. Scott hovered in or near the top 10 for the next 70 laps of the event. When Donny Lia crashed in turn four on lap 122 Scott once again brought his Albertsons Chevrolet down pit road for four tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment.
He rejoined the fray 13th in the running order. Scott's most important pit stop came on lap 167. His Xpress Motorsports team gave him four fresh Goodyear tires and another air pressure adjustment. He restarted the event in the 19th spot. Over the remaining 30 laps Scott made a valiant charge, running three wide on occasion and gaining six positions to claim a respectable 13th place finish.
"These guys that work on this Albertsons Chevrolet did a great job tonight," Scott said following the event. "Our truck was pretty good. We weren't down into the racetrack as good as we would have liked to be but we got a decent finish. It was a good call to come in and get tires 30 laps from the end. That helped us climb back up on that last run. I am just looking forward to Kentucky. We're running both the ARCA race and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and I really enjoy getting as much seat time as I can."
"All in all it was a good night for us," said Xpress Motorsports crew chief Dave Fuge. "We didn't have to make any major adjustments during the race and Brian did a good job of staying out of trouble. Coming in and getting tires late in the race paid off. Older tires were not going to work out too well. It allowed us to move up near the end."