SCOTT MAKES MOST OF MUSIC CITY DUO; IDAHO ROOKIE RUNS 3rd IN ARCA, 14TH IN NCTS RACE Lebanon, TN (August 11, 2007) -- Brian Scott faced a unique challenge on Saturday, running two races in two different series virtually back to back. Scott made...
SCOTT MAKES MOST OF MUSIC CITY DUO; IDAHO ROOKIE RUNS 3rd IN ARCA, 14TH IN NCTS RACE
Lebanon, TN (August 11, 2007) -- Brian Scott faced a unique challenge on Saturday, running two races in two different series virtually back to back. Scott made the most of his challenge at Nashville Superspeedway posting two strong finishes in the daylight-twilight twinbill. The 20 year-old Boise, ID native came from the back to the front in the Toyota 150 ARCA/REMAX event to post an impressive 3rd place finish and then followed that up by charging from 25th to 14th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tilt.
Scott overcame a labyrinth of obstacles to achieve his 3rd place finish in Saturday's first race. His No. 25 Albertsons Chevrolet experienced mechanical issues during the morning qualifying session and Scott spun into the turn two wall on his second lap . His Venturini Motorsports crew did an outstanding job in repairing the damage but Scott was forced the start at the rear of the field. When the green flag fell Scott wasted no time in making up lost ground, charging all the way from 41st on the starting grid to 27th in one lap, gaining 14 spots in one circuit around the 1.33 mile oval. Scott and his team soon faced another hurdle -- he radioed to his crew that he had a clutch problem and was forced to pit under green to cut off the clutch line on lap 12, losing a full lap to the leaders. After a series of caution flag pit stops interspersed with long green flag runs Scott was finally able to get his lap back via the coveted "Lucky Dog" provision. Shortly thereafter however he and his Albertsons team were slapped with a "pass through" penalty under green flag conditions on lap 77 for adding fuel after receiving the 'Lucky Dog." As luck would finally have it however the team got a break when the caution flag fell as Scott headed down pit road for his pass through penalty, saving him from going another lap down. Finally Scott was positioned on the lead lap for a run to the finish. For the remainder of the race Scott consistently had one of the quickest cars on the track, gaining spots at an amazing rate. He moved into the top ten on lap 100 and claimed the 6th position four laps later. When the caution came out on lap 112 it set up a mad one lap=2 0dash for the finish. When the final green flag fell Scott passed two cars on the last lap to gain his impressive 3rd place finish.
"We overcame a lot of obstacles today," said Scott. "After wrecking the car in practice we had to work really hard to fix it and then we had a clutch problem during the race so I felt bad because that made it really tough on the crew. But the bottom line was, as always, these Venturini Motorsports cars are always really, really fast. Once we made up our lap the No. 25 Albertsons Chevrolet just took off. We certainly had a car capable of winning the race we just didn't have enough time to get all the way to the front. I would have loved to have had a few more laps and we could have been in Victory Lane. We will get there though, we just need the breaks to fall our way."
In Saturday evening's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra 200 Scott qualified his No. 16 Albertsons Chevrolet Silverado in the 25th starting position. During the race's first green flag run Scott radioed his Xpress Motorsports crew that his truck was "good, really good on entry and just a tick tight in the center of the corner." Scott brought his truck down pit road under caution on lap 38 for four fresh Goodyear tires, a full load of Sunoco fuel and an air pressure adjustment. He entered the pits running in the 20th position and exited in the same spot in the running order. Just a few laps later he narrowly dodged disaster as the trucks driven by Terry Cook and John Wes Townley collided and spun in turns three and four. Scott barely scraped the wall of turn four. Over the next 30 laps Scott steadily gained positions moving into the top ten by the time the caution came out again on lap 73. He came down pit road for two tires and fuel and still kept his position in the top ten. Scott returned to pit road for his final pit stop of the evening on lap 115. He exited the pits in the 16th spot. He held his own over the final run and nipped fellow competitor Timothy Pet ers at the line for a solid 14th place finish.
"We have made some great strides with this Albertsons Chevrolet over the past week or two," Scott said in the garage are following the race. "Crew chief Dave McCarty has worked really hard and we have brought in Billy Venturini from our ARCA program to help us make some gains. It seems to be paying off. Those two worked really well together and our truck handled very well. I also can't thanks the guys on this Xpress Motorsports pit crew enough. They pitted both races and we had to push the car off pit road each stop in the ARCA race because we lost the clutch. They had a workout tonight but they never quit. All in all it was a good solid day and we will work like crazy to keep improving."