Daytona II: Brian Scott race report

SCOTT'S DAY CUT SHORT BY FLAT TIRE Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 2, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 30th in the Subway Jalapeno 250 on Friday at Daytona International Speedway after suffering a flat tire late in the event. Throughout the evening, ...

SCOTT'S DAY CUT SHORT BY FLAT TIRE

Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 2, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 30th in the Subway Jalapeno 250 on Friday at Daytona International Speedway after suffering a flat tire late in the event. Throughout the evening, Scott never quite gained the grip he needed to compete with the Nationwide Series' "new car" at the 2.5 mile superspeedway.

Scott began the day by qualifying his Great Clips Toyota in the 23rd position. Reporting an extreme loose condition, crew chief Billy Wilburn made some extreme adjustments between qualifying and the race. Knowing the crew was in for a long night, the game plan was to stay out of trouble and bring the car home in one piece.

At the drop of the green flag, Scott worked the draft cautiously. Dropping into the 22nd position, the handling soon went away on the No. 11 Great Clips Toyota and Scott reported the same extreme loose condition to Wilburn. By the time a yellow flag came out on lap 32, Scott was ready to pit for tires, fuel and chassis adjustments. The No. 11 Great Clips crew dropped the track bar in order to get Scott the rear grip he needed.

The race went back green on lap 36 and Scott restarted in the 22nd position. He picked up two spot on the restart to 19th and again tried his hand at hanging in the draft. Still sawing the steering wheel back and forth, he radioed into Wilburn again that his No. 11 Great Clips Toyota had no rear grip. By the time a yellow flag flew on lap 69, Scott had fallen back to the 28th position. Another stop for fresh tires, fuel and more chassis adjustments had Scott restarting in the 23rd spot for a run to the end.

Working the draft late in the race, Scott had settled into 22nd place when trouble struck. The right rear tire on the No. 11 Great Clips Toyota began going flat. Scott immediately radioed into Wilburn and brought the car safely to pit road with only nine laps to go. The No. 11 Great Clips crew changed the tire under green-flag conditions and returned Scott to the fray in the 30th position, one lap down.

Scott would ride there until the checkered flag flew, finishing 30th.

"It was a frustrating day for the No. 11 Great Clips team," Scott said after the race. "We were so loose out there than I was just hanging on. These new cars have a very different handling characteristics that we're just going to have to learn and improve upon. The No. 11 Great Clips crew did a great job preparing this new car and working with it all weekend. I can say this weekend was a steep learning curve for everyone and I believe these guys will take what we know back to the shop and improve upon it for the next new car race in Michigan."

This 30th place finish puts Scott 14th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 28 points out of 13th and 1130 points from the lead.

Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the Dollar General 300.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brian Scott