SCOTT GAMBLES FOR A 17th-PLACE FINSIH AT ORP INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 26, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 17th in the Kroger 200 on Saturday night at O' Reilly Raceway Park. Coming off of two top-10 finishes in a row, Scott never quite found the ...
SCOTT GAMBLES FOR A 17th-PLACE FINSIH AT ORP
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 26, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 17th in the Kroger 200 on Saturday night at O' Reilly Raceway Park. Coming off of two top-10 finishes in a row, Scott never quite found the handle on his AccuDoc Camry that he was looking for all weekend.
Qualifying 16th, Scott quickly settled into the 19th position on the start after narrowly missing an accordion effect wreck that happened just in front of him. Halfway through the first run, Scott radioed a familiar complaint. The 22-year-old Boise, ID native was fighting forward drive off the corner of the .686 mile short track.
By the time a yellow flag flew on lap 75, Scott had slipped to 25th. Interim crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz brought Scott down pit lane to the attention of the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions crew. Four tires, fuel and major chassis adjustments later gave Scott a different racecar when he returned to the track for the restart on lap 81.
Back under the green flag, Scott still couldn't make up any ground. He searched high and low for grip as the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry began a severe tight condition in the center of the corner. Another yellow on lap 118 gave Scott the opportunity to bring the car back to pit road for adjustments. More wholesale adjustments came with four tires and fuel.
Restarting 25th on lap 125, Scott began making some headway. One spot here, another there, Scott found himself in 22nd by lap 140. Just inside their fuel window, Stankiewicz brought Scott down pit road for more adjustments in the same direction as the previous stop. Restarting 21st with 55 laps to go, Scott went to work.
Working his way all the way to 16th in just 15 laps, Scott started to gain a handle on the AccuDoc Solutions Camry. Meanwhile, team engineer Brian Harrison was pointing to the radar screen where weather was imminent. As the rain drew near, lightening appeared in the distance over turn four.
When a yellow flag came out on lap 161, Stankiewicz took a gamble and elected to stay out on used tires. With track position being key, Scott would have to fend off fresh tires behind him while waiting on the rain to come. Restarting seventh with just 27 laps to go, this was the team's best shot at a top-10 finish.
When the field went back to green-flag racing, Scott began to slip back. With older tires on his No. 11 Camry, the cars with fresh tires behind him had a tremendous advantage. Even with lightning near, it never rained with the field completing the race. Scott would finish 17th.
"We took a gamble tonight that just didn't pan out," Scott said after the race. "With the rain coming like that, we knew our only shot at a top-10 at the time was to stay out and pray for rain. If we would have come down for tires, I don't know if we would have been much better. At the time, it was a great gamble. We worked all day in practice to gain grip off the corner and I never quite got the AccuDoc Solutions Camry comfortable on corner exit. We'll go back and compare notes with the other Braun Racing teammates and work on it for Iowa next week."
This 17th place finish puts Scott 13th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 5 points out of 12th and 1086 points from the lead.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Iowa Speedway this weekend for the U.S. Cellular 250.
-source: braun racing