BRIAN SCOTT , No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports Finishing Position: 1st How does it feel to get your first win? "It feels great. It's been a long time coming. I got to thank everybody in Idaho. I got to thank my Dad,...
, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Finishing Position: 1st
How does it feel to get your first win?
"It feels great. It's been a long time coming. I got to thank everybody in Idaho. I got to thank my Dad, 'Thank you Dad. Thanks Mom.' Thanks everybody. This is awesome. Thank the fans for coming out. God, that was awesome. I'm so happy to win with this team. These guys are like my brothers. I love it. They've been so supportive. It's been so great. I wish my family and everybody could be here because this is just an awesome feeling."
How has this team developed so quickly?
"I can't take any credit. It's all these guys. Everybody standing behind me. All the support -- Albertson's, Toyota -- oh man it's great. Jeff Hensley (crew chief) can put together a great team. Man, it's awesome. I can't thank everybody for sticking with me through the years. Everybody who's now my fan, thank you."
Were you concerned about tire wear?
"I watched all those tires blow. It's kind of scary. My crew chief (Jeff Hensley) kept me calm and kept saying that we were getting really good tire wear. Track position at the end -- we played the game perfectly. I commend him. At times I didn't think it was the right call or we were going to be in position, but it all worked out and now we are in victory lane."
What were you feeling when you crossed the finish line?
"I'll tell you, first off I didn't even think I'd won once I took the checkered. I've seen so many times when the leaders have been leading getting to the white -- especially with all of the tires problems that had happened. All I was thinking was, 'Oh great, I'm going to get to the white and then I'm going to blow a tire going into one. Then I made it through (turns) one and two and then I thought it's going to take a little longer for me to ruin this thing. So, I went into (turns) three and four and sure enough I came around and hit the checkered. I was beside myself. I didn't know what to think. My heart was pumping. I don't think I breathed the last ten laps. I think Jeff (Hensley, crew chief) said it the best right when I got done doing the burnout and he said, 'Somebody pinch me.' So, I reached over to pinch myself to make sure to make sure I wasn't dreaming, too. It's just an awesome feeling. You're exuberant. You're ecstatic. You have every emotion because your whole life goes into this. You work day in and day out. The guys bust their backs. Everybody is putting in so many hours. There's so much money and there's so much sponsorship and there's so much stress on the driver, especially an up-and-coming driver like myself that's trying to make it to the next stage. Once you feel like the monkey is off your back and the burden is washed away it's a great feeling to let yourself release."
How much support has Toyota given your team?
"Toyota's support has meant everything to us and it has allowed us to be competitive as a single truck team because of all their support, all their engineering, all of their data and all of their team sharing between other Toyotas. That's really the reason why we're in victory lane if it all boiled down to something I believe."
JEFF HENSLEY , crew chief, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
How does it feel to win with a young driver?
"It's special. You can't really put it into words -- I can't. All these guys at Xpress Motorsports work really hard and the Scott family gives us everything we need to get the job done. Brian (Scott) has done a heck of a job. I'm fortunate to be here. Our first race together last year was Las Vegas in September and we just kind of clicked. I have a lot of respect for his ability and I think he had a lot of respect for my ability and whenever you can get that, it's pretty special. This sport has so many mechanical pieces and all of the technology that we have it's still about people. This is a pretty special deal."
How much has Toyota's support helped your team?
"One thing that I haven't forgot about, because I live and breathe it every day , is the amount of help we get from Toyota. I don't know the last time -- it might have been last week -- that a single truck has won a race. As I told Brian (Scott) and his dad, us being a single truck team with Toyota's help and support -- it's not near as critical as it would be if you were with another manufacturer. A lot of the success that we had, whether it was at Bill Davis at the end of last year or Xpress Motorsports right now. We owe a bit of gratitude to Toyota and what they've done there. You can't even put a price tag on that and that alone makes our single truck team as competitive week in and week out as anybody out there."
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