CRASH SPOILS SCOTT'S CHICAGOLAND DEBUT; IDAHO NATIVE FALLS TO FIFTH IN NCWTS POINTS CHASE JOLIET, IL (August 28, 2009) -- Brian Scott's maiden Chicagoland Speedway voyage didn't come off as planned. What started off as a promising trip to the ...
CRASH SPOILS SCOTT'S CHICAGOLAND DEBUT; IDAHO NATIVE FALLS TO FIFTH IN NCWTS POINTS CHASE
JOLIET, IL (August 28, 2009) -- Brian Scott's maiden Chicagoland Speedway voyage didn't come off as planned. What started off as a promising trip to the Windy City ended with a bang on Friday night when Scott's No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra slammed hard into the outside retaining wall off of turn four on lap 30 of the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series clash. The end result was a disappointing 28th place finish that dropped the 21-year-old Boise, ID native from fourth to fifth in the NCWTS points race.
Scott's weekend got off to a hopeful start when he posted the fastest laps in each of the first two practices on Thursday afternoon. He qualified his Toyota in the 12th position, touring Chicagoland Speedway's 1.5 mile oval in 31.664 seconds which equates to an average of 170.541 mph. When the green flag fell to start the event Scott wasted no time moving up the scoreboard, climbing into the 7th spot by lap five. Scott dodged one bullet on lap nine when veteran Rick Crawford lost traction and pushed up into the high side of the racetrack forcing Scott to make a great save. When the caution flag fell on lap 19 Scott informed Crew Chief Jeff Hensley that his Toyota was "a little loose, just loose right now, mainly loose in the center." Hensley called Scott down pit road for two quick pit stops, four Goodyear tires and then a splash of Sunoco fuel. Just a scant 10 laps later disaster struck as Scott got loose off of turn four, slamming hard into the retaining wall and then taking a wild slide through the infield. After assessing the damage, Scott's crew went back to the garage area where they made extensive body repairs, replaced the drive shaft, repaired the track bar and reset the suspension. Scott returned to the track on lap 62 but was unable to be competitive in his heavily damaged chassis. On lap 72 he and Xpress Motorsports called it a night.
"That was frustrating," Scott said in the garage area after the race. "One thing for certain though is there is no doubting this Xpress Motorsports team's ability to bounce back. We came back from a crash at Charlotte and won at Dover. We came back from a hard crash at Michigan and finished third at Milwaukee. This team has an uncanny ability to bounce back and I think you will see that next week at Iowa. JJKyle Busch won the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, and Todd Bodine, Colin Braun, Rick Crawford and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top-five. The next race for the NCWTS is the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA.