KANSAS THE RIGHT KIND OF TRACK FOR SCOTT; TOYOTA DRIVER LIKES LAYOUT, LOOKING FOR TOP 5 FINISH MOORESVILLE, NC (April 20, 2009) -- Coming off two straight top 10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and a top 15 finish in the NASCAR...
KANSAS THE RIGHT KIND OF TRACK FOR SCOTT; TOYOTA DRIVER LIKES LAYOUT, LOOKING FOR TOP 5 FINISH
MOORESVILLE, NC (April 20, 2009) -- Coming off two straight top 10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and a top 15 finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Brian Scott is now headed for the heartland of opportunity, Kansas Speedway. It was one year ago at Kansas where Scott had an epiphany of sorts, a moment where a driver realizes what it takes to compete in the ultra competitive NCWTS. Scott proved to be a factor late in the race as a rookie in his first visit to the 1.5 mile layout. Now as Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota team prepare for this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway, he comes armed with a sense of purpose and the knowledge that he needs to be successful at the mid western track.
"I really felt like I just hit it off at Kansas," Scott said from the Xpress Motorsports facility in Mooresville, NC. "Like any relationship in life, you have certain ones where the thunderbolt happens or lightening strikes or you just hit it off right off the bat and I felt like Kansas was one of those. Especially knowing how much better our equipment is now this year compared to last year. And to know th at last year we had a top 10 going, co uld have had a top 5, that gets me really excited for this year and we are going to try a couple things and I am really looking forward to it. I think it's going to be a good race for us in our Albertsons Toyota Tundra. Kansas is a very smooth, very methodical mile and a half. There are not very many bumps. You get your truck handling well and you need to be able to stay on the gas a lot. It's kind of one of those cookie cutter tracks as far as the D-shaped frontstretch. It is shaped similar to a lot of the mile and a half tracks we go to, but it has good grip and it's smooth so you are able to do a couple things set-up wise there that you're not able to do anywhere else."
In his second full year of NCWTS competition Scott has wisely begun to realize the value of the old adage, "In order to finish first you must first finish." While getting his first win is still important to the 21 year-old Boise ID, native he now clearly sees the value of a good finish.
"You can always learn a lot more when you are able to bring a truck home regardless of the finish and work on it and look at it and tear it down after the race and try to get it better," Scott says. "I'm just trying to focus on each week being as good as we can be. We know that the goal is to always be clicking off top 10's and=2 0I definitely think we have a shot for the20win at a lot of these races. I'll go for the win if we're in that position but the more important thing is to keep good runs going and keep everything going the way it has. I would like to continue to get top 10's, and I would like to start getting top five finishes. I think that is a goal we need to be working at but all in all, we will take what we can get, as long as we finish the race and have a decent finish. It will continue to help us in points, in our season-long goals and in learning what we want to learn with these new set ups."
Scott recently ventured outside the NCWTS and stepped up to the Nationwide Series. His two race stint with Braun Racing has produced a top 15 finish at Phoenix, and he is hopeful the experience will reap benefits with his Xpress Motorsports truck team.
"I do think the Nationwide races will help," Scott says. "It won't help in the real definitive sense of it as far as a Nationwide car and a truck are not similar, but I believe that seat time and racing against better competition makes me a better driver. It helps in instances when you are side by side and you are really racing somebody. It gets you better on restarts. The more restarts, the more laps you log in and the added experience you get certainly help. It also helps you understand the Goodyear tires we utilize. The Nationwide series and20the Truck series are pretty much on the same tire, and getting that tire knowledge as Kyle Busch has shown is pretty critical. They make a lot of adjustments, learn a lot of things and know a lot about how a tire will perform on a given track."
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS is slated for Saturday April 25th.
Chassis for Kansas: Brian Scott will be driving Xpress Motorsports chassis number 52 at Kansas Speedway. This Toyota Tundra Triad Racing Technologies chassis finished second at Homestead at the end of 2008 with Scott behind the wheel. It most recently ran at California Speedway where Scott drove it up to third position before being sent headfirst into the wall. The chassis has been rebuilt and refurbished and is ready for action.