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SCOTT READY FOR MONSTER MILE Mooresville, NC (May 27, 2008) -- One of the most common definitions for the word Monster is described as "any creature so ugly or monstrous as to frighten people." In racing parlance when one refers to the...


Mooresville, NC (May 27, 2008) -- One of the most common definitions for the word Monster is described as "any creature so ugly or monstrous as to frighten people." In racing parlance when one refers to the word Monster it can only mean one thing, The Monster Mile, a mile long high-banked ribbon of white concrete located in Dover, DE where many a driver has suffered a white knuckled experience or two. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie of the year candidate Brian Scott, in preparation for this Friday's AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Raceway, has heard all the tales of the Monster Mile, told late at night under a full moon. The 20 year-old Idaho native he says the scarier the track the better.

"There are a lot of tracks that have a reputation and a history," Scott said. "Throughout timethey have become tracks where people or drivers you know really have a heightened sense of awareness of themselves and their safety. Dover is certainly one of them. They might be scared of it because of the speed or because they run right by the wall, but I've always loved those tracks, every single one like Bristol, Salem, Winchester, Concord, Atlanta and Daytona. Every one of those type tracks that people go to and they're a little hesitant like --god you go fast here and it has significant consequences if you mess up. For some reason, and I don't even know why, those tracks have always liked me and I've liked them. We've adapted and run good at every one of those tracks. Hopefully we will again this week at Dover in the Albertsons Chevrolet."

One person with a keen awareness of the Monster Mile is Scott's crew chief Dave Fuge. The two-time truck series championship crew chief has competed at Dover in all three of NASCAR's premier series and he has posted top two top five finishes in the NCTS with Mike Bliss at the Monster Mile. Fuge says going to Dover with a young driver like Scott is not so monstrous as it may seem.

"Brian Scott has never been to Dover and that's kind of the fun part about going anywhere with Brian because you just never know," Fuge stated. "You go to places for the first time like Charlotte and you think oh he's going to have a tough time because it's a difficult race track, and I get myself in the mind set that he's going to struggle a little bit. Andthen it will be okay and we do what we did at Charlotte and unload off the hauler withthe sixth quickest time in practice. My feeling is if we have good equipment, he's got enough talent that he can adapt very quickly. It's pretty easy to find your line on the racetrack when the truck's working right. To me, the pressure's all on me, it's not on Brian. He just has to go out there and find his line. We have to give him a good truck."

"Dover is kind of like any other track," Scott says. "It's all about where you have to get off of the gas and where you can get back on it. You're better on high banked tracks to be able to pick up the gas soon and make it all just like a straightaway. Maybe you give up a little bit getting in but you'll pick it up coming off. It's all different too because those all work if you're racing against the clock, but when you are racing against people at Dover, like most places, it's all about getting position on them. You have to be able to go fast and have a good truck, but you also have to be able to drive it in there and mess with people and take their line away. You have to get position on them and then you complete the pass. I think there will be a lot of points during the race where you'll have to drive it completely different than you did in practice or qualifying. You just have to drive it in there and really screw up your exit, but if you get position on somebody, you're going to overcome that. I think like anywhere else you're going to have to have a truck that can respond to a lot of abuse, but I don't mean abuse like body damage and beating and banging. I mean abuse as a driver. Because those are the trucks that always seem to end up on top there. They have a driver that can abuse a truck and crank the wheel and do this and do that. Stab brake and stab gas and not get the truck all out of shape and still be pretty quick. That's what racing is about."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Bliss , Brian Scott