USAR: Lakeland: Brian Scott race report

Brian Scott Earns His Rookie Stripe at Lakeland Despite Bad Luck, Rookie Gains Experience and Prepares for the Rest of '07 MOORESVILLE, NC (March 12, 2007) -- Brian Scott is looking to make a name for himself. After establishing himself as...

Brian Scott Earns His Rookie Stripe at Lakeland

Despite Bad Luck, Rookie Gains Experience and Prepares for the Rest of '07

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 12, 2007) -- Brian Scott is looking to make a name for himself. After establishing himself as a young hotshoe in the Super Late Model ranks across the Southeast, he has now added to his list of experiences this past weekend, as he began his rookie season in the 2007 USAR Hooters Pro Cup with the season opener at USA International Speedway (FL).

The weekend was supposed to serve as a learning experience. Scott and his Scott Racing team headed down to Florida with a list of goals that they wanted to achieve. After all was said and done, the mission was accomplished.

"We went out there to Lakeland, and we had a couple of objectives on our mind," said Scott. "We wanted to adapt to the track. It was only my second time being there but my first time in a Hooters Pro Cup car. I only had about a hundred laps in a Pro Cup car prior to this weekend, so we wanted as much seat time as possible."

Experience and practice were key for Scott, as a competitive field of 44 cars attempted to make the race. The next test for Scott and his crew was simple...make the race. And he passed with flying colors; he was able to securely put himself in the race, starting in the 22nd position.

"We had a little bit of brake issues in practice, just a couple of hiccups here and there that we had to deal with but we were able to work them out. Then we got down to qualifying. We felt that qualifying went pretty well based on practice times and everything. We were happy to make that race. That was another main objective of ours."

When racing got underway it looked as though it would be a very productive race for the team. They started the race mid-pack and were working their way up front when bad luck struck at the halfway point.

"We just wanted to run the 200 laps; that was our goal. It looked like everything was going well, but then our battery died about halfway. It took us awhile to figure out that the battery died. We got about twenty laps down, and we swapped batteries. We just went back out there and kept on running. One reason is that we are planning on running for points, so we need as high of a finish as possible, and the other is to just to get more experience out there.

"That was going alright given the circumstances. Then (Mike) Garvey spun out near the end of the race. We about had that clear, but then everything got piled up with people trying to avoid it and we took some damage. We were still rolling, and then going down the front stretch we blew a tire and that ended our night. We had to settle for finishing 26th."

Overall, Scott and his team achieved what they had set out to do. He got more seat time in a Pro Cup car, brought home a solid finish considering the circumstances, and he gained experience on a track that he will see again later on this season when the Pro Cup Series returns to Lakeland.

"I definitely think that we have a shot at being a contender this year," added Scott. "We have a good team together and all the means to do it. We just have to get it done. I think once we get everything sorted out, which should be by the next event at South Georgia, you will definitely see us up front and contending for the Rookie Title."

The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series will continue their season at South Georgia Motorsports Park on Saturday, March 31st.

-credit: 51 sports

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