SCOTT ESCAPES THE MONSTER MILE WITH CAREER BEST FINISH DOVER, Del. (May 17, 2010) - Brian Scott finished a career-best ninth in the Helluva Good! 200 on Saturday at Dover International Raceway. The 22-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year ...
SCOTT ESCAPES THE MONSTER MILE WITH CAREER BEST FINISH
DOVER, Del. (May 17, 2010) - Brian Scott finished a career-best ninth in the Helluva Good! 200 on Saturday at Dover International Raceway. The 22-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender fought the Monster Mile all day, missing two accidents and overcoming a pit road miscue to take his third top-10 of the season.
Starting 17th, Scott complained of a very loose condition in qualifying. Crew chief Billy Wilburn called for some adjustments prior to the race that gave Scott a fast car on the start. Narrowly avoiding a collision on lap two, Scott put the AccuDoc Solutions Camry in the 12th spot in just 30 laps. A yellow was shown to the field on lap 33, giving Scott the option to pit. With the No.11 Toyota Camry slightly tight coming off the corner, Wilburn brought Scott down pit road. The No. 11 Braun Racing crew bolted on four tires, gave Scott a full fuel tank and a slight air pressure adjustment for the next run.
Restarting 13th, Scott went to work on getting ito the top-10. By the time a caution was called on lap 79, Scott had worked his way to 11th, just outside the top-10. Still needing front grip off the corner, Scott once again brought the No. 11 Camry down pit road. Billy Wilburn called for a quick two-tire stop with a half of round of wedge. The No. 11 crew went to work on the right side of the car when a right front lugnut jammed. Even while slowing the pit stop dramatically, Scott still re-joined the field in the 11th position.
Back to work when on the restart, Scott hung right in the fight for the top-10 through the mid part of the race. One last stop with just under 50 laps to go gave Scott four fresh tires and enough fuel to last to the end. A piece of front nose tape had been rubbed off, so the No. 11 Braun Racing crew replaced it, giving Scott some missing front downforce. On a mission, Scott passed two cars immediately. As he ran down the top-10, another two positions were gained. Just then, a crash occurred right in front of No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry. Scott tip-toed through the carnage with cars spinning left and right. When the smoke settled, Scott had a flawless car with just three laps to go.
Restarting 11th, Scott buckled down and picked off two more positions on the green flag. Scott brought home his career best ninth-place finish at a track he had never been to in a Nationwide Series car.
"The AccuDoc Solutions crew did an awesome job today," Scott said after the race. "They did everything just right. We battled all day with a good race car. It was a lot of fun out there today. We had good speed at the end. If the race went another lap we probably would have had another two positions. I'm just real happy with the car that we brought today and real happy that we are not taking it home completely tore up. If we can just keep doing that, the top-fives will come later in the year. Glad to come out of Dover with a top-10 and got Raybestos Rookie of the Race."
This ninth-place finish puts Scott 10th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 23 points out of 8th and 585 points from the lead.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Charlotte in two weeks for the Tech-Net Auto Service 300.
-source: braun racing