SCOTT EYES THE PRIZE IN INDY; 21 YEAR-OLD IDAHO NATIVE LOOKS TO SURVIVE SHORT TRACK MADNESS MOORESVILLE, NC (July 21, 2009) -- Brian Scott knows firsthand how hard the racing can be on the .686 mile flat short track at O'Reilly Raceway Park....
SCOTT EYES THE PRIZE IN INDY; 21 YEAR-OLD IDAHO NATIVE LOOKS TO SURVIVE SHORT TRACK MADNESS
MOORESVILLE, NC (July 21, 2009) -- Brian Scott knows firsthand how hard the racing can be on the .686 mile flat short track at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Last year the 21 year-old had a solid short track run going was sent hard into the wall by one of the veterans of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Since that race Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota/Xpress Motorsports team have been on a huge upswing with a win, 13 top 10 finishes and 6 top-five finishes. That momentum swing has propelled Scott and his Xpress crew up to fifth in the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points scramble. Scott credits the surge in competitiveness to several key changes the team has made since their last visit to ORP.
"As soon as we got Jeff Hensley on board as crew chief last year and made the move to Toyota, we saw just how competitive we were," Scott says. "We were contending for the win last year at Phoenix and Homestead, we knew we had a shot and if we kept it going, there was no reason we couldn't be in contention for the championship this year. Our program has come a long way in one year and we still have room to grow and get better. Nobody on this team is willing to just settle for go d finishes anymore, we all want to win and we all want to run upfront each week. I think we have proven that we have the capability to do that with our performances at Milwaukee, Memphis and Kentucky in the last three races."
Scott's crew chief Jeff Hensley has been coming to ORP since the first NASCAR event there in the early eighties. He knows that the tricky little track can be pretty unforgiving no matter how good you have been running.
"It is pretty hard to get around ORP," Hensley said. "It's not really multi-groove, it is really wide, but you have to be able to run the middle of the race track to be really good, I think, I mean there is a lot of race track there to use if you can get a hold of it, but unfortunately due to years it has gotten narrower and narrower as every race its run. It's harder to pass. So track position, of all places we go except maybe for Martinsville, track position is ultimate. There is one groove. If you get your truck working really good down low around the bottom where you can get some grip, forward bite off the corner, and get position on a guy, maybe crowd him up a little bit getting in the corner, then you can pass. It's tough. It just seems you get caught up in somebody else's mess because it is a hard place if a wreck happens. It's a hard place to miss it. It is very tight racing with a lot of bumping and shoving. It doesn't take a whole lot to get bumped up into the wall when you are only about 6" from it anyway. It will be a race of survival. We should run well there. We've got good stuff. Brian can get around there. We will see, it's a tough race."
In Scott's one race at ORP he has developed an appreciation for the challenge that ORP presents. It is not the typical cookie cutter mile and half that dominates the NASCAR landscape.
"The racetrack is really unique," Scott added. "It has been around for a number of years. You run a strange groove there, right up on the high side. That is where the truck likes to go, it is where the banking will hold the truck. One of the strangest things about the track to me is the two different walls. On the frontstretch you have a really high wall with the grandstands behind it and on the backstretch it is a really low wall with nothing behind it and as you come off turn two it is like there is no reference point at all. It is really hard to judge if you are up against it or not. It is a fun racetrack, I like it because it is different, truly unique and unlike any other track we run."
"The incredible fan support you see in Indy has made this race so important for me thru the years," Hensley adds. "The very first time we went there with the Busch series then, the stands were packed. It was like Wow, they've never seen stock car racing before. And that enthusiasm for the fans has never changed. Every time we go back there whether with a car or a truck, their grandstands are full. They are packed in, camped out on the grass getting into turn one, I mean, it's an awesome place to race. Just the aura of the place makes you want to be the best you can be and walk away from there with a win or a good finish. I'm excited to go and I think we should run well there. I'm looking forward to it."
The AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, IN is slated for Friday July 24th and will be telecast live on SPEED at 8:00pm ET. It will also be broadcast live via radio worldwide on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and on SIRIUS Satellite Radio NASCAR channel 128.
Chassis for O'Reilly Raceway Park: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis number 133 to the AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. This will be Scott's third event in the chassis this season. This Triad Racing Technologies chassis finished second at Memphis with Scott at the helm and finished 8th at Martinsville earlier this season.