SCOTT HOPES TO RECLAIM MOJO AT MONSTER MILE; XPRESS TEAM LOOKING TO REGAIN GROUND IN NCWTS POINTS RACE MOORESVILLE, NC (May 26, 2009) -- Brian Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota/Xpress Motorsports team are looking to get back on track in...
SCOTT HOPES TO RECLAIM MOJO AT MONSTER MILE; XPRESS TEAM LOOKING TO REGAIN GROUND IN NCWTS POINTS RACE
MOORESVILLE, NC (May 26, 2009) -- Brian Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota/Xpress Motorsports team are looking to get back on track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points chase in this Friday's the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway. Scott was an unwilling participant in a mid-race crash his last time out at Lowe's Motor Speedway when Kyle Busch wrecked leader Colin Braun on lap 87 of the 134 lap NCWTS event, sending Scott hard into the inside wall. Putting the past into perspective and looking to make the most out of the future is now foremost in Scott's mind as he heads to Dover.
"The most important thing for us right now is overcoming adversity," Scott says. "If you have overcome it or are in the process of overcoming it then you are making the most out of it. If adversity keeps happening to you then you are going to be trapped in a cycle. We have had adversity two times out of six races this year. It makes it hard because you know you are going to have to go through the rest of the races relatively perfect. You only get so many mulligans. So it is really important that we make the most out our next opportunity coming up this weekend at Dover. I know our team has what it takes to respond in a very positive fashion."
Xpress Motorsports crew chief Jeff Hensley is a veteran of several championship battles. The Horsepasture, VA native has seen both the ups and downs of NASCAR competition. He knows one must maximize the ups and minimize the downs or it can drive a competitor crazy.
"Any time you get your momentum up from a team standpoint and then you lose it, you want to be sure that when you do come back out of the box you can pick back up where you left off," Hensley said. "So this race is important from a mental standpoint. I know we have the equipment here that is capable of doing that and I know Brian Scott is a driver who can get that done. I also know we have a great group of guys that can get the job done. Unfortunately there are so many times in this business that you can't control your own destiny. We saw that at California and Charlotte. We overcame a crash at California by going to Atlanta and Martinsville and posting top ten finishes, and then we went to Kansas and got a top three finish. I don't see any reason why we can't go to Dover and pick right back up where we left off." This will be Scott's second trip to the "Monster Mile" in Dover. While he didn't get the finish he wanted last year after a cut tire and cras h relegated him to a 32nd place finish, Scott did however develop an affinity for the track that he hopes will bode well for this weekend.
"Dover is a great racetrack," Scott said. "It is unique and different and I like that. I like tracks that aren't similar to any other tracks that we race on. It is high banked, fast and a concrete surface which contributes to its uniqueness. It is a fun place to race. I don't have a whole lot of experience there. I do feel like I got a pretty good feel for the place during the truck race last year. I think given the right equipment we can be really good there. It is the type of track that fits my driving style really well. There is no reason to think we can't get a top five finish at Dover. To me Dover is kind of a hybrid track, you drive it like a short track but we go really fast there and I am really looking forward to going back."
Hensley has a lot of experience at the "Monster Mile." He even has three starts there as a driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with one top 10 finish.
"Dover is a big challenge in the sense that it is a race of survival," Hensley said from the team's shop in Mooresville, NC. "It is a lot like Bristol. There is a very fine line between being good and being not so good. You get around there so fast and if you are not good you will get lapped really fast. The truck has to turn good and get off the corner. Especially with these plates we are running now. One of the best things about Dover from my perspective is with the surface being concrete, the weather does not affect it nearly as much as some of the other tracks we race on. They are constantly working on the track, grinding it to get it smoother, but it is still a challenge. The rubber will build up on the expansion joints during the race. That makes the shock package very important there. I like Dover, I love racing there. It is a really fun place to race when things are going good but it is a nightmare when things are not. Dover is a place where if you get it right you can wear them out. Track position is really important there. If you can get out front you can really make hay if your truck is really good. With the new pit road rules that is going to be even more critical this year. Whenever you get in your fuel window it is going to be -- track position, track position, track position."
The AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE is slated for Friday May 29th at 5:00pm ET.
Chassis for Dover International Speedway: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis number 127 to the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway. This Triad Racing Technologies chassis was originally built as a Dodge by Xpress Motorsports crew chief Jeff Hensley when he worked for BHR-VA in 2008. It placed second at Gateway and fourth at Loudon last year with Dennis Setzer behind the wheel. Xpress Motorsports purchased the chassis during the off-season and converted it to a Toyota Tundra. This will be Scott's second event in the chassis, he finished 10th at Atlanta with it earlier this season.