ROUGH RIDE FOR SCOTT AT CHARLOTTE; IDAHO NATIVE SWEPT UP IN LEADERS' CRASH CONCORD, NC (May 15, 2009) -- It was a really rough ride for Brian Scott in Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC....
ROUGH RIDE FOR SCOTT AT CHARLOTTE; IDAHO NATIVE SWEPT UP IN LEADERS' CRASH
CONCORD, NC (May 15, 2009) -- It was a really rough ride for Brian Scott in Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The second year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver was swept up in a series of incidents on the 1.5 mile high speed oval, and the heavy damage to the No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra relegated Scott to a less than satisfying 21st place finish.
"It is very disappointing," Scott said after the event. "We had really high hopes coming into tonight's race but got caught up in two wrecks that were not of our making. This just makes a deeper hole that we will have to climb out of. We were just overcoming the deficit from awreck at California, and now we'll be fighting back from this one as well."
Scott started the race in the 7th position after rain cancelled Friday afternoon's scheduled qualifying session. When the green flag fell Scott fell back a few positions before he settled in line. Over the course of the first green flag run Scott battled a tight condition with the chassis of his Toyota Tundra. As Scott and fellow Toyota competitor Timothy Peters were battling side by side on lap on lap 24, Peters' truck suddenly lost grip and spun hard into the inside retaining wall almost collecting Scott. During the ensuing caution flag, Scott came down pit road for two separate pit stops to change four tires, add fuel and make massive chassis adjustments to relieve the tight condition on his Toyota. Scott restarted in the 17th spot on lap 133. Just one lap later Johnny S auter and Mike Skinner collided on the frontstretch, causing Skinner to slid across the track in front of heavy traffic where he was struck by the Toyota driven by T. J. Bell. Skinner was forced hard into the wall and high into the air, coming down on the side of his truck. Scott was caught in the jam, damaging the front of his Albertsons Toyota. After a lengthy red flag period, Scott came down pit road three times for extensive repairs to the front nose section of his Toyota on laps 35, 36 and 38. Scott was placed 24th on the following restart on lap 40.
Scott made the most of what he could with his damaged truck. He had climbed back into the top 15 and was in line for a decent top ten finish via pit strategy as the leader began to make green flag pit stops on lap 85. Just two laps later however, leader Colin Braun was spun as Kyle Busch clipped his left rear quarter panel. That sent Braun hard into Scott's left rear end, and both trucks went sailing into the inside retaining wall near the end of the backstretch. Scott was forced once again to pitroad for time consuming and labor intensive repairs, losing four laps in the process. From that point, all Scott could do is ride out the storm, grab as many spots as possible and salvage a 21st place finish.
"The truck was damaged worse than I thought after the big wreck on the frontstretch," Crew chief Jeff Hensley said. "Despite all our troubles we were going to get a solid finish out of it until we were finished off. The truck was not as good as any of us wanted tonight but the wrecks ended our chances. We will just have to rebound and come back strong at Dover. We have a team, a driver and the equipment capable of doing that."