CAREER BEST NATIONWIDE SERIES FINISH FOR SCOTT AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY FONTANA, Calif. (February 20, 2010) - Brian Scott finished a NASCAR Nationwide Series career-best 10th in the Stater Bros. 300 on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway. Scott...
CAREER BEST NATIONWIDE SERIES FINISH FOR SCOTT AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
FONTANA, Calif. (February 20, 2010) - Brian Scott finished a NASCAR Nationwide Series career-best 10th in the Stater Bros. 300 on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway. Scott impressed the estimated crowd of 36,000 by qualifying third and contending near the front of the field all day long.
"Qualifying is mainly in the hands of the driver to mess up and in the hands of the crew to put together a good car. I think that everyone on the AccuDoc Solutions team put together a good car and I think it shows. Our biggest focus has been qualifying for the first five races and to unload this good is a testament to how well these guys prepared," said Scott.
Starting third, Scott quickly settled into fourth place until finding life in the No. 11 Camry and worked his way to second by lap 30. Scott then set his sights on the leader with a car that he described to crew chief Billy Wilburn as 'a rocketship' over the radio. Scott began searching around Auto Club Speedway's wide surface for speed. Using a number of different lines, Scott began pressuring the leader for a number of laps before green-flag pit stops began on lap 78. Four tires, fuel, air pressure and a slight chassis adjustment was all the No. 11 Camry needed. Returning to the track in the fifth position, Scott clicked off laps to set up for a fight at the finish.
A different pit strategy had Scott lining the AccuDoc Solutions Camry up 12th on the lap 92 restart. Over the next 27 laps, Scott made quick work of the top-10 and moved into the fifth position before the caution was thrown on lap 119. Four fresh tires, fuel and a round of wedge out by the Braun Racing No. 11 crew had Scott restarting fifth for what appeared to be a run to the end. Scott ran in the fifth position after the restart as laps wound down. With six laps to go, a yellow flag slowed the field setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Wilburn made the call to stay out with the leaders, instead of electing for fresh tires and a 19th place restart. With all Sprint Cup Series regulars around him and fresh tires only three cars back, the lone rookie held his own on the top side and picked his way through the wild finish to end up 10th.
"I have to say, our finish is a little bittersweet. Our AccuDoc Solutions Toyota was really good. We ran in the top-five pretty much the whole race and ran as high as second. At the end, we were sixth and there's always a lot of discussion on how much tires are worth. We elected to stay out and hold onto our track position thinking it would take fresh tires a lap or so to come in and we were wrong. We had a good day finishing 10th. It's just a little upsetting that we didn't finish better after running better all day. I look forward to taking the momentum we have to Las Vegas," said Scott.
This 10th place finish puts Scott 11th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, only 16 points out of 10th and 95 points from the lead.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend for the Sam's Town 300.
-source: braun racing