MILWAUKEE MILE PRESENTS NEW CHALLENGE FOR SCOTT IDAHO DRIVER READY FOR FIRST NCTS TRIP TO HISTORIC VENUE Mooresville, NC (June 17, 2008) -- It started out as a private horse track in 1876 while Ulysses S. Grant was nearing the end of his term ...
MILWAUKEE MILE PRESENTS NEW CHALLENGE FOR SCOTT
IDAHO DRIVER READY FOR FIRST NCTS TRIP TO HISTORIC VENUE
Mooresville, NC (June 17, 2008) -- It started out as a private horse track in 1876 while Ulysses S. Grant was nearing the end of his term as the 18th president of the United States. Motorized racing events there date back to 1903, a full eight years before the first Indianapolis 500, making The Milwaukee Mile the oldest, continually operating motor speedway in the world. The first event was held on September 11, 1903. William Jones of Chicago won a five lap speed contest, and set the first track record with a 72 second, 50 mph lap. In the 105 years since, the speeds have gone up and some of the most famous names in motorsports have done battle with its flat one mile surface. The list of auto racing royalty includes legendary competitors Barney Oldfield, Rex Mays, Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt, Jimmy Clark, the Unsers, the Andrettis, Nigel Mansell and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Now it is Brian Scott's turn. The 20-year-old Idaho native makes his first Milwaukee Mile start in his No. 16 Albertsons Chevrolet at this weekend's Camping World RV Sales 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series contest.
"I am excited to go to the Milwaukee Mile," Scott said from his team's headquarters in Mooresville, NC. "It has a great reputation and a reputation of being a driver's track. It is a flat track and this team has always done well on flat tracks so I look forward to it. Every racetrack you go to helps you learn more about this series and about these trucks. Milwaukee will be similar to two other one mile tracks that I have run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series -- New Hampshire and Phoenix. Every track you go to has its own character and its own set of challenges. You have to learn what the tendencies for each track are, what the line is, how far to drive it in. That is one of the things I really enjoy about going to a new racetrack, working on all those aspects. It can be a lot fun."
Scott says that the challenge of competing on a variety of venues of varying lengths is part of what makes his first year in the NCTS so much fun. Going from a two mile high-speed track with progressive banking to a flat weather beaten one mile oval is no sweat.
"Week to week we run all kinds of different types of tracks from intermediates to superspeedways to short tracks," Scott said. "We go from high banked tracks to flat tracks like Milwaukee and each week after you are done with a track you just focus on the next one. Mentally it is not hard to make the switch. It is just a different track with different circumstances but often the race strategies are similar --get the best track position possible, get your truck as good as you can get it and get a good finish. Milwaukee will be a good challenge for our Albertsons Chevrolet and our Xpress Motorsports team."
Xpress Motorsports veteran crew chief Dave Fuge is very familiar with the Milwaukee layout. Although not quite there for the first race in 1903, he missed that one by a few years, he does have four top 10 finishes in the past 7 years including runner up finishes in 2005 and 2006.
"We always seem to run pretty good there," Fuge said. "The way I equate Milwaukee is that it is kind of a cross between New Hampshire and Martinsville. It is not either one of them but it has flat turns so you have to roll through the corners a lot like Martinsville. It is a bigger track like New Hampshire. It is more of a Martinsville type set up than it is a New Hampshire set up because you have to roll fast through very flat corners. We have had some success there, won some poles and run up front so hopefully we can back that up this weekend."