SCOTT THUNDERS TO FIFTH AT BRISTOL IDAHO NATIVE CLIMBS TO FOURTH IN NCWTS POINTS BRISTOL, TN (August 19, 2009) -- Brian Scott continued his strong surge up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standing with a solid fifth place showing...
SCOTT THUNDERS TO FIFTH AT BRISTOL
IDAHO NATIVE CLIMBS TO FOURTH IN NCWTS POINTS
BRISTOL, TN (August 19, 2009) -- Brian Scott continued his strong surge up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standing with a solid fifth place showing in Wednesday night's O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Scott's quality run in the No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra moved him up one spot to fourth in the NCWTS points race, only 78 points out of third. The fifth place finish was Scott's sixth top-five of the 2009 NCWTS campaign.
"It was a fun race," Scott said in the garage area after the race. "It is always a blast to race here at Bristol under the lights with all these fans. We had a pretty good Albertsons Toyota Tundra at some points tonight and at other times it wasn't quite as good as we would have liked it to be. We had a good qualifying run and were able to stay up front. It was really somewhat of a gamble to come in and pit with 50 laps to go, get tires and try to come back out and win the race. We just got a little too tight there at the end. Fortunately a Toyota won, congratulations to Kyle Busch and his guys. We did what we needed to do and got a top-five finish. Our guys are working their tails off and it shows on the racetrack and that is what I am happiest about."
Scott qualified his Toyota Tundra in the fifth starting spot and quickly moved up to fourth at the start of the event. Scott darted down pit road for a splash of fuel under the first caution on lap 37. He restarted back in the fourth spot. Scott maintained his place in the top-five until his tires started to fade halfway through the event. Even though the Xpress Motorsports team had planned to stay out and not return to pit road it became obvious they would have to alter their strategy. Crew Chief Jeff Hensley made the call to bring Scott back down pit road on lap 154 for four Goodyear tires and a chassis adjustment. He restarted the event in the 8th position. Scott did some of his finest work over the last 40 laps, climbing up to as high as fourth and ultimately holding on to fifth at the end of the event.
"It was good to move up in the points," Scott added. "We now have our eye on third. We just need to keep working, keep working, keep working. The high line proved to be the line to run here at Bristol, which is a little unusual for here. That was definitely were you wanted to run because you would get loose on the bottom. This Xpress Team keeps bringing really good trucks to the track every week."
"We had a perfect plan on the pit strategy but we had to switch gears," Hensley said during post race inspection. "We ran out of tires but were still good enough to come in and change tires and only lose one position. We got back to fourth but we were just too tight there at the end. Passing was really tough because everybody was running the same speed. I have been coming here for a long, long time and I have never seen it where you had to run up top to be fast. Not since the track was asphalt. Everybody was running right up against the wall. The lapped trucks could not get out of the way. We tried to go to the bottom a couple of times and we couldn't make it work. Anytime you can go to Bristol and qualify in the top-five and finish in the top-five that's big. Brian did an excellent job tonight."