SCOTT GETS MIXED RESULTS IN SATURDAY TWIN BILL AT MICHIGAN; POSTS EXCEPTIONAL RUN IN ARCA TILT BUT BATTLES LOOSE CHASSIS IN TRUCK SERIES SHOOTOUT Brooklyn, MI (June 14, 2008) -- Famed Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks became well known for his...
SCOTT GETS MIXED RESULTS IN SATURDAY TWIN BILL AT MICHIGAN; POSTS EXCEPTIONAL RUN IN ARCA TILT BUT BATTLES LOOSE CHASSIS IN TRUCK SERIES SHOOTOUT
Brooklyn, MI (June 14, 2008) -- Famed Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks became well known for his catch phrase, "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame... Let's play two," expressing his wish to play a doubleheader every day out of his pure love for the game of baseball. NASCAR driver Brian Scott has professed a similar affection for motorsports and on Saturday got the chance to live out Banks' mantra by competing in twin 200 mile events at Michigan Speedway. In Saturday morning's opening Automobile Racing Club of America tilt, The Racing for Wildlife 200, Scott took the lead early and appeared to have a dominant car before a fuel faux pas on lap 54 placed him near the back of the pack. Scott roared from 27th back to 5th with clearly the fastest car on the track until he simply ran out of time to get to the front. In Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Cool City Customs 200, Scott battled a loose truck for most of the event and posted a 25th place finish.
Scott qualified his No. 15 Venturini Motorsports prepared Chevrolet third on the grid during Thursday's ARCA qualifying session. Inclement weather on Friday forced the Racing for Wildlife 200 to be rescheduled for early Saturday morning creating a doubleheader for Scott. The 20 year-old Idaho driver came sprinting out of the blocks taking the lead from former Formula One driver Scott Speed on lap 14 and holding it until the first round of pit stops under caution on lap 22. Scott exited the pits in the second position but quickly regained the lead from ARCA points leader Ricky Stenhouse on lap 26. Scott led until he was passed on lap 31 by Sean Caisse. Scott and Caisse clearly had the two fastest cars and were pulling away from the pack when Scott unexpectedly ran out of gas on lap 54. Due to a technical malfunction Scott's crew did not get the required amount of fuel during Scott's first pit stop. The snafu placed Scott 27th in the running order, one lap down to the leaders. Scott was able to get his lap back and then roared toward the front. Crew Chief Jonathan Davis radioed to his driver on lap 81, "You are the fastest car on the track, just keep doing what you're doing." Scott climbed back into the top five on lap 96 while reeling in the leaders. In the end there was simply not enough time and Scott finished the event with a very strong fifth place showing.
"We had a really good car and we had a chance to win today," Scott said after the first event. "It is a lot of fun when you have a car that is as competitive as ours was today. Running out of gas midway through the race was unfortunate but I was proud of how everybody rebounded so quickly and that allowed us to get a decent finish. I just want to thank all the guys from Venturini Motorsports and Xpress Motorsports who worked so hard to get us a good finish today." Justin Lofton won the Racing for Wildlife 200. Stenhouse, Frank Kimmel, Speed and Scott rounded out the top-five.
In Saturday's second event Scott qualified his No. 16 Albertsons Chevrolet Silverado in the 27th spot. On lap 14 he radioed his crew that his truck was "loose off the exit in turns two and four." Scott made a green flag pit stop while running 27th on lap 35 and made numerous changes designed to tighten up his Chevrolet. He exited the pits in 28th place, one lap down. Scott made two more pit stops on lap 47 and lap 60, and both times his Xpress Motorsports crew made changes that helped the handling on his Chevrolet. Ultimately Scott was unable to make up his lap and finished in the 25th position.