Michigan: Brian Scott preview

SCOTT READY TO MOVE UP AT MICHIGAN; 21 YEAR-OLD NCWTS DRIVER IN THICK OF POINTS BATTLE MOORESVILLE, NC (June 9, 2009) -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Brian Scott has a singular focus as he prepares for Saturday's Michigan 200...

SCOTT READY TO MOVE UP AT MICHIGAN; 21 YEAR-OLD NCWTS DRIVER IN THICK OF POINTS BATTLE

MOORESVILLE, NC (June 9, 2009) -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Brian Scott has a singular focus as he prepares for Saturday's Michigan 200 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. Having posted a third place finish at Kansas and topping that off with a win at Dover, Scott finds himself in the thick of the NCWTS points battle. Despite a small slip up at Texas last weekend, the No. 16 Xpress Motorsports team is currently fifth in the NCWTS standings. Heading to the Irish hills of Michigan, Scott knows that points are at a premium at this stage of the 25 race season.

"We know that we need top-five finishes," Scott says. "Wins are great and we certainly enjoyed that first one. If we get another opportunity to win again we will give it all we have, but if we are going to stay in the points race we have to be consistent and string together a number of consistently solid finishes. We finished 15th at Texas and we were very fortunate to not have lost any positions in the standings. We know we are only going to get so many of those slip ups per season and still survive. Right now it seems like whoever gets out front in the points race has problems. We need to be=2 0in position to take advantage of that. We know we have a good enough race team to do that and we know that we have run good enough to prove we belong in the hunt. Now we just need to do it on a week by week basis."

Scott's crew chief Jeff Hensley is a veteran of several points battles in both the Nationwide and NCWTS divisions. He knows that while you can get too caught up in the points scenario you can't exactly avoid it either.

"It is very important to think about points at this stage of the season but we can't change what we have been doing to get where we are," Hensley said from the team's shop in Mooresville. "We leave the shop every week as prepared as we can be and we go race the best we can. We set out at the beginning of the season to get top five and top 10 finishes and put ourselves in position to win and we need to keep doing that. Deep down though you know how important getting points is each week and if you have a problem you try and salvage as many points as you possibly can. You have to be aware of the points situation but you can't change what you do each week."

This will mark Scott's second trip to Michigan International Speedway. Last year he got extra track time by running both the ARCA and NCWTS events on the same day. He knows that both he and his Xpress Motorsports team are much better prepared for battle on the two-mile oval this time around.

"Michigan is one of those places where if your chassis is good you love it, and if you are not handling well then it is a real challenge," Scott said. "Last year we went there and ran really good in the ARCA race with Venturini Motorsports and then ran the truck race later in the day and couldn't get a handle on the track. I feel much better about where we are now with our truck program with Jeff Hensley as our crew chief. Michigan is similar to California and we were really, really fast there so there is certainly room for optimism heading to Michigan. The racetrack is big and fast with wide sweeping corners and it gives a driver an opportunity to find his own groove."

"Racing at Michigan is the closest thing we do to racing at Daytona and Talladega," Hensley adds. "You have to walk a fine line, you have to have a truck that is as low on drag as possible, yet with the downforce you need to be able to handle properly. Michigan is a multi-groove racetrack. You can take your truck to the top, to the bottom, to the middle. You have your choice. Really it's a track where anybody can win. You just have to get your truck slick enough and down out of the air. It is a whole lot like Daytona or Talladega in that respect."

Chassis for Michigan International Speedway: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis number 48 to the Michigan 200 at Michigan International Speedway. This Triad Racing Technologies chassis has not been raced this season.

-credit: xm

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