SCOTT FINISHES 14th AT KANSAS Kansas City, KS (April 26, 2008) -- NASCAR Rookie of the Year candidate Brian Scott must have seen calamity in virtually every corner during Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at...
SCOTT FINISHES 14th AT KANSAS
Kansas City, KS (April 26, 2008) -- NASCAR Rookie of the Year candidate Brian Scott must have seen calamity in virtually every corner during Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. It seemed every time Scott brought his truck up to speed his spotter was yelling "watch out, spin right in front of you." The 20 year old Idaho native artfully dodged 7 potentially race ending crashes that occurred in close proximity to his Albertsons Chevrolet on his way to a solid 14th place finish. "There were a lot of wrecks," Scott said in the garage area after the event."We were lucky enough to stay out of them. My spotter and crew chief, Dave Fuge, did a great job all day. We were able to keep making adjustments on our Albertsons Chevrolet and make it through the whole race. Every time we came in we had great calls on our adjustments, and every time we went out and restarted, it was always better. We really improved throughout the whole race and put ourselves in solid position to get a good finish. It was truly a team effort, all the guys on this Xpress Motorsports team earned their pay today"
While Scott successfully navigated his way past the first 11 caution flag periods, the 12th one unfortunately found him. While running in the top ten with just seven laps remaining, Scott was battling with veteran NCTS competitor Rick Crawford when Crawford'sFord pinched Scott down on the apron of Kansas Speedway's 1.5 mile oval. Throw in a massive oil slick emanating from Terry Cook's ailing Toyota directly in front of the combating duo and Scott was faced with a perfect storm. His Chevrolet spun off the exit of turn four and brought out the race's final caution. After a quick pit stop to put on four fresh Goodyear tires Scott bounced back with a fury, passing four competitors in the event's last three laps to claim his top 15 finish.
"We went through 1 and 2 really well and had a run on Rick Crawford," Scott said after the race. "I dropped down below him and probably was at least up to his back tire about 0x00be of the way down the back straightaway, and he just kept coming down so I ran on the apron to keep from hitting him. Then I just tried to work my way back up on the banking. I was kind of half and half and then I felt all my side force going away when we were right next to each other. I had to follow him -- I couldn't get on the gas and I couldn't turn down off of him because it was really loose, so it just kind of sucked me around. I had to come in with 3 laps to go and we got tires and were lucky to gain back the ground that we gained."
Scott's promising finish was an encouraging sign for him and his team. His Albertsons Chevrolet ran in the top ten for the better part of the event after qualifying 11th. It was his best finish to date on an intermediate track. It also serves as a strong indication that the youngster with only 12 NCTS starts under his belt is beginning to grasp the nuances of NCTS competition.
"We will keep trying to work on our mile-and-a-half program," Scott said. "It's kind of been my Achilles heel, and it makes it even more frustrating that we had the ability to come out of here better than we did. We were headed for a top ten. In the last 10 laps we had to overcome some adversity, but it is good news for me on a 10x00bd mile track. I'm definitely looking forward to them now where before I was kind of dreading them. We will head to Charlotte with a little more confidence."