Iowa: Brian Scott preview

SCOTT SEEKS STRONG SHOWING AT IOWA XPRESS TEAM LOOKS TO REBOUND IN HAWKEYE STATE MOORESVILLE, NC (August 31, 2009) -- After a less than satisfying first go-round at Chicagoland Speedway last Friday night, Brian Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons...


MOORESVILLE, NC (August 31, 2009) -- After a less than satisfying first go-round at Chicagoland Speedway last Friday night, Brian Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota team are looking for a much better result in this weekend's inaugural Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA. It will be the first time the truck series has competed in the Hawkeye state and Scott says the new .875 mile venue could prove to be the perfect tonic for his Xpress Motorsports team to rebound from last week's finish.

"Iowa should be a great place for us to get a really good finish," Scott said. "I heard it's a lot like Richmond with more grip and a little bit more racing groove. I really don't know what to expect when we hit the track for the first time. I've never seen the racetrack although I have heard really good things about it. It will be a great experience to go to Iowa Speedway for the first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event."

Scott has always shown an uncanny ability to adjust to new venues. Over the past two years he has had to learn everything from short high banked concrete tracks like Bristo l to the 2.66 behemoth at Talladega. His capacity for learning new venues has been expanded since joining the NCWTS in 2007 and that resourcefulness has paid off with a win at Dover, 6 top-fives and 9 top-10 finishes during the 2009 campaign. Scott and his Xpress Motorsports team currently sit fifth in the NCWTS points race. JI think one of the reasons I adjust to a new racetrack quickly is because I've raced on so many different tracks from dirt to asphalt," Scott says. "I was always venturing out to different venues and never getting comfortable at a home track. It was a new track every week. And a little bit of that is a skill you learn to acquire, adaptation. Adaptation is a skill just like anything else. And I've been lucky enough to learn it with all the various tracks that I've competed on. Iowa Speedway will give me an opportunity to adapt to a brand new venue and I am excited about that. Our entire Xpress Motorsports team has been looking forward to this race."

Scott's crew chief Jeff Hensley has seen his share of racetracks in a long and storied career. Hensley practically grew up at racetracks tagging along with his father, car owner Hubert Hensley, at tracks across the United States as just a kid in the sixties and seventies. Hensley then competed on a slew of tracks as a driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in the 1980's. He has tested a NCWTS chassis at Iowa and is looking forward to the inaugural event at what he says should be a very racy venue.

"Iowa Speedway is very reminiscent of Richmond," Hensley says. "That is how we attacked it when we went there to test, and it was just a bigger version of a Richmond. Turn two has a little more room than turn two at Richmond. The things you do at Richmond, you have to be able to do at Iowa to be good, so it's a race track that you can tell has had a lot of racers' input. You can look at the garage area and tell, and you can look at the way they park the haulers in the garage and tell it's has had a lot of racers input. I am pretty excited to go there, and I think we should be good. It will provide us with a chance to bounce back from our run at Chicago. Just because we had a bad weekend at Chicago, it's not going to affect what we do at Iowa. We will leave it at Chicago. We just go to Iowa and try to win the race there. And the same thing, Iowa is not going to affect Gateway and Gateway will not affect Loudon. I think a lot of times teams get wrapped up in that too much, like would have, should have, could have been able to do. I've been at this long enough to know you can't change what has happened. Nobody can. So you just build on that and Brian has the ability to do that and I've always tried to do that.D

Chassis for Iowa Speedway: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis number 128 to the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway. This brand new Triad Racing Technologies chassis is also running its inaugural event. It served as the back-up truck for Brian Scott and his Xpress Motorsports Toyota team for 11 straight events stretching from Martinsville in the spring to Nashville in August. It finally breaks out of the box for the maiden Iowa clash.

-credit: xm

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