Scott Takes Short Route To Daytona Truck Series Season Opener Mooresville, NC (February 11, 2008) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Brian Scott had always hoped to perform on racing's biggest stage, but even he is a bit amazed that he'll be...
Scott Takes Short Route To Daytona Truck Series Season Opener
Mooresville, NC (February 11, 2008) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Brian Scott had always hoped to perform on racing's biggest stage, but even he is a bit amazed that he'll be in the starting lineup for this Friday's Daytona 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
"If someone were to tell me six months ago -- or even two years ago -- that I was going to be in Daytona racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, I would have told them they were out of their minds," said Scott, who will pilot the No. 16 Shark Energy Drink/Albertsons Supermarket Chevrolet for Xpress Motorsports in the Truck Series this season. "Depending on your perspective, I got here pretty quick or it took me a long time to get here."
In reality, Scott's rise from an aspiring Idaho short-track racer to the high banks of Daytona was completed in record time. The 20-year-old Boise, ID native made his first Truck Series start just six short months ago last September finishing 21st in the New Hampshire 200. Now, seven career Truck Series starts later, Scott will make his NASCAR superspeedway debut Friday at Daytona. It's a trip that even the likeable young driver is waiting to sink in.
"I don't think I will really know is happening in until I actually get to Daytona and get ready to race," said Scott. "It's hard to comprehend at times how this has all come together, but I'm sure happy it has."
Scott's road to Daytona actually began in earnest two years ago when he moved from Idaho to North Carolina. The relocation allowed the bright young driver to make the switch from 410 Sprint Cars to Super Late Model Stock Cars. After a year of seasoning at a number of local raceways, Scott branched out in 2007 adding the USAR Hooters Pro Cup division to his Super Late Model mix competing in 24 events posting 13 Top-10 finishes. He then closed out his 2007 schedule with the seven Truck Series starts of Xpress Motorsports.
"Anytime you change divisions and vehicles, there's a learning curve," said Scott of last year's move to the Truck Series. "You have to adapt. I've had to learn to race on bigger tracks and learn about aerodynamics more in the Truck Series than I had to in the Late Models or the Hooters Series. Mechanically, there isn't a whole lot of difference between cars and the trucks, but adapting to things like bigger tracks and longer races have been a challenge."
This year, Scott will be a regular on the 25-event NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour that begins Friday evening in Daytona. The race will present a whole new challenge for Scott, who got his first on-track taste of the 'World Center of Speed' 2.5-mile super oval during pre-season testing in January.
"I had a huge advantage during the test having Derrike Cope there to coach me," said Scott, whose previous superspeedway experience is limited to the ARCA race at Talladega last fall. "Having a former Daytona 500 winner to coach me and two great Xpress Motorsports trucks to work with and learn from allowed me to get the most out of the test.
"I was a little shocked to see just how tough Daytona was," Scott continued. "I've seen a lot of races from Daytona on television and you see guys in front of the camera saying how tricky the track is. I didn't realize what they were saying until I got out there during the test. It's an incredible track. I had a blast during the test."
While Scott might be short on experience at Daytona, his Xpress Motorsports team isn't. A two-time Truck Series championship winning team, Xpress Motorsports is led by veteran crew chief, Dave Fuge. Scott's confident Fuge will give him the kind of direction he needs to excel not only at Daytona, but throughout the 2008 Truck Series season.
"Dave is a great leader -- probably the most valuable asset we have - and he's assembled a solid team," said Scott. "We have really good people from everyone in the back shop to the front office. I'm extremely grateful and comfortable going to the track knowing I have a team of the caliber of Xpress Motorsports behind me."
"There's no doubt I'm excited to be going to Daytona," concluded Scott. "We'll be looking to complete every lap and miss the wrecks, especially if we have the 'Big One.'" I just need to learn and be smart. If I can do that, I think we can finish in the Top-10. That's the goal."