Chicagoland: Brian Scott preview

INAUGURAL CHICAGOLAND TRUCK SERIES TILT ON TAP FOR SCOTT 21-YEAR-OLD IDAHO NATIVE LOOKS TO CONTINUE CHARGE MOORESVILLE, NC (August 24, 2009) -- As Brian Scott prepares for the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland ...


MOORESVILLE, NC (August 24, 2009) -- As Brian Scott prepares for the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL one has to marvel at the 21-year-old's ability to deal with adversity. Since crashing into the wall at Michigan and suffering a broken right wrist, the Boise, ID native has reeled off four top-five finishes in 6 starts for an average finish of fifth in that timeframe. In his previous six starts before his hot streak Scott's average finish was 13.66. It appears as if that cast on his right hand truly has turned Scott into the "one-armed bandit." The recent charge has lifted Scott into the fourth position in the NCWTS points chase. Now he and his Xpress Motorsports teammates have a chance to make history by winning the first truck series contest at Chicagoland Speedway.

"I have never been to an inaugural truck race or an inaugural race of any type so it will be exciting," Scott said. "It will be an opportunity to put our name in the record book. I know the fans from the Chicago area and the Midwest will come out and show their support for the truck series. It will be great to put on a really good show for them and hopefully put our No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra in Victory Lane where it belongs. I cannot say enough about the effort this team gives week in and week out. That has allowed us to have some really good finishes and it gives me a lot of confidence every single time I climb in this truck. That type of consistency could help us win the first race at Chicagoland."

Scott's crew chief Jeff Hensley has seen almost every type of racetrack known to man in his storied NASCAR career as both a driver and a crew chief. He indicates that Chicagoland should provide the Xpress Motorsports team with a venue that can lead to success based on the team's performance at similar type tracks in 2009.

"I look at Chicago as a lot like Kansas," Hensley adds. "We ran really well at Kansas so I am excited. We get a chance to go test for a day at Chicagoland which might backfire on us. We usually unload our truck really, really close to where we need to be set up, where some others tend to struggle right off the hauler. That test will help them and take away a little of our advantage. We are taking a really good truck to Chicago, the same one we had at Kentucky and at Kansas. I am pretty excited about it. I think we can go there and challenge for the win. Chicago and Iowa both are inaugural races back to back. They would be=2 0really special races to win because there is only one first time winner at those tracks. I think we will be good at both places. We haven't been anywhere this year where we weren't fairly decent. We need to get just a little bit better to beat the 33, but not much. The good thing about going to Chicago is that we are there and Kyle Busch isn't so that will level up the playing field a little l bit. I am looking forward to it."

Scott believes the fans in the greater Chicago area are in store for some great racing when the NCWTS teams take to the track for the first time. Even though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams have graced the venue since 2001, this weekend represents the first time the area has hosted the rough and tumble, hard charging truck series competitors since the series ran at the now defunct Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero, IL during the 2000 and 2001 campaigns.

"The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is all about tight, close, hard fought racing where you earn every inch you get on the racetrack," Scott says. "The fans are in for a real treat. The racetrack is really fast like a lot of the mile and a half racetracks we race on. These trucks have so much downforce and so much sideforce that we carry a lot of speed into the corners. That translates into good speed down the straight-a-ways and makes for a really good show. I am excited about going to Chicago. Everybody has had a chance to test there over the past couple of years and now we get to race there. It's going to be fun to get a new racetrack on our resume and on the schedule. It will be a blast to go up there and put on a great show for all the fans in the Chicago area who have never had a chance to see this series race."

The 225 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL is slated for Friday August 28th.

Chassis for Chicagoland Speedway: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis number 52 to the 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. This will be Scott's fifth event in the chassis this season. This Triad Racing Technologies chassis finished second at Homestead in the 2008 season finale with Scott at the helm and finished third at Kansas earlier this season. Its most recent voyage came at Kentucky Speedway where Scott qualified second, led for 29 laps before blowing a right front tire and crashing hard into the outside retaining wall. Despite the heavy damage Scott rallied to finish 6th in that event. The chassis was then sent to Triad for extensive repairs before being prepared for Chicagoland Speedway.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brian Scott , Kyle Busch