HARD FOUGHT 15TH FOR BRIAN SCOTT AT NASHVILLE LEBANON, Tenn. (April 5, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 15th in the Nashville 300 on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway. The 22-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate battled hard just...
HARD FOUGHT 15TH FOR BRIAN SCOTT AT NASHVILLE
LEBANON, Tenn. (April 5, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 15th in the Nashville 300 on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway. The 22-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate battled hard just outside the top-10 all day.
"We qualified a little conservative and had a top-10 car all day long," said Scott. "We just never had the top-10 track position we needed. Even though we got caught up in the back of the field after green flag pit stops, Billy Wilburn made excellent adjustments to the Dollar General Toyota and we fought our way back towards the front. I know that we were running times with the leaders, but track position was so vital and it got so hard to pass back in traffic."
Starting 13th, Scott slipped back at the start and settled into the 16th position. A competition yellow flew at lap 30, giving crew chief Billy Wilburn and the Dollar General No. 11 Braun Racing team a chance to fire four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment at the No. 11 Toyota. Restarting 16th on lap 36, Scott began making his way through the field. By lap 59, Scott had gained four positions to 12th. Silent on the radio, Scott continued to run down the leaders before breaking into the top-10 on lap 101.
A series of green-flag pit stops on lap 102 meant another four tire, fuel and track bar stop for the No. 11 Dollar General crew. Just as Scott returned to the track, a yellow flag flew putting all but three cars a lap down. Restarting 18th, Scott was again faced with a challenge. By the time a yellow flag flew on lap 132, Scott had already made his way to the 13th position. Even after complaining of a slight tight condition in the center of the corner, Scott managed to work his way back into the top-10 by lap 136.
Just as he broke the top-10, Scott radioed to the crew that he had tagged the wall off of turn three on lap 140. A yellow flag flew only five laps later and Scott brought the No. 11 Dollar General Toyota to Wilburn's attention. Four tires, fuel, a chassis adjustment and a tug on the right front fender got Scott back out in the 15th position. Still tight from the fender damage, Scott battled for most of the remaining laps, ultimately finishing 15th.
"I was excited coming into this race," Scott said following the race. "I wanted to get the first five go or go home qualifying races behind us. Secondly, I was real excited to come to Nashville to represent Dollar General at their home track and their Autism Speaks awareness campaign. There just past mid-race I hit the right front fender of our Dollar General Camry and we got a little tight because of it. It's a little unfortunate because I feel we were better than 15th, but we came away with a solid finish that we needed. We gained those valuable owners points so that we can focus on racing and not qualifying every weekend. We also made some gains in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year points which one of our primary goals. Hopefully we can continue to make solid finishes next week in Phoenix."
This 15th place finish puts Scott 14th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 16 points out of 13th and 316 points from the lead.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Phoenix next week for the Bashas Supermarkets 300.
-source: braun racing