Talladega: Brian Scott race report

Scott Scores Second Career Top-10 Without Power Steering Talladega, Ala. (April 26, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 10th in the Aaron's 312 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The 22-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate endured a loss...

Scott Scores Second Career Top-10 Without Power Steering

Talladega, Ala. (April 26, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 10th in the Aaron's 312 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The 22-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate endured a loss of power steering and a last lap wreck to mark his second career top-10 NASCAR Nationwide Series finish.

Starting 10th, Scott began working the draft early. Sniffing the lead, Scott seesawed his way back and forth, trying the high line and then the low line at the start. A competition caution came out at lap 21 with Scott in the 5th position. Crew chief Billy Wilburn brought the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.

Restarting 8th on lap 26, Scott began settling into the front pack, running among the leaders. Just as he became comfortable in the sixth spot, Scott began describing an issue with the No. 11 AccuDoc Toyota on the radio on lap 40.

"Billy, I just got really tight. The steering wheel just got really hard to turn. I must have a tire going down or something. The oil temperature is pegged! I have to get out of the lead pack," said Scott.

In a calming voice, Wilburn asked his driver to poke the nose of his AccuDoc Camry out of the draft when he had the chance to get some air to the radiator. When the yellow flag flew on lap 46, Scott diagnosed the issue. All power steering had been lost in his No. 11 Toyota. Wilburn rallied his driver by reminding him that Richard Petty didn't have any power steering either and he won seven championships. Scott responded with a confident "10-4".

Restarting 9th, Scott put an assault on the lead pack. Working the outside lane, Scott led the 54th lap of the Aaron's 312 before getting shuffled back again through the field. Green-flag pit stops came on lap 91 and eventually forced Scott to lose the lead draft. Running in a small draft of cars, Scott seemed certain to finish 20th. A yellow flag on lap 113 changed that course, setting Scott up for a green-white-checkered finish in the 16th spot.

When the green flew, Scott worked the bottom lane to his advantage. Running 16th coming into turn three on the last lap, Scott stayed low just as the leaders began to wreck. Jetting to the apron, Scott missed carnage happening above him on the racetrack until a car came off the banking at the last minute right in front of the No. 11 AccuDoc Camry.

Smashing the front of the car, Scott held the throttle wide open through the Talladega tri-oval. Extreme damage kept him from any type of vision as he relentlessly tried to finish his race. Coming across the line 10th on fire and smoking, Scott spun the car to the inside and escaped with no harm.

"We had a pretty crazy day," Scott said following the race. "Right off the bat my spotter, Jeremy Brickouse, helped me make some good moves to get us near the front and luckily we stayed there for a while. Kyle Busch is the best pusher in the game. He and I worked together to get near the front a couple times and he really taught me a lot in the first segment. I lost my power steering mid way through the race and I thought I was done. Billy really cheered me on and we kept digging. Then we lost the draft and ran around 20th for a while with no drafting help to get near the front. Then, to miss the majority of the last lap crash and come home 10th, it's amazing. Honestly, I would say we were better than 10th-place today, but if you could guarantee anyone a 10th place finish at Talladega, they would be ecstatic."

This 10th-place finish puts Scott 8th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 202 points out of 7th and 448 points from the lead.

Scott also leads Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings by seven points.

Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Richmond next week for the Bubba Burger 250.

-source: braun racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Richard Petty , Brian Scott