SCOTT RALLIES TO 6th PLACE FINISH AT KENTUCKY IDAHO NATIVE JUMPS TO FIFTH IN NCWTS POINTS SPARTA, KY (July 18, 2009) -- It was a rollercoaster ride for Brian Scott and his Xpress Motorsports team in Saturday night's Built Ford Tough 225 at ...
SCOTT RALLIES TO 6th PLACE FINISH AT KENTUCKY IDAHO NATIVE JUMPS TO FIFTH IN NCWTS POINTS
SPARTA, KY (July 18, 2009) -- It was a rollercoaster ride for Brian Scott and his Xpress Motorsports team in Saturday night's Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Scott led for 29 laps early in the race and then suffered a cut right front tire on lap 34 that inflicted heavy damage on the No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra. Scott and his team made numerous pit stops to repair the damage and rallied from the back of the pack to post an impressive 6th place finish. It was Scott's 7th top-ten finish of the season and it propelled him into the fifth position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points chase.
"We were really good at the start of the race," Scott said after the event. "We had an awesome Toyota Tundra, we must have just hit a piece of debris or something and cut a tire. It really put us behind and damaged our truck pretty significantly. The guys did an awesome job on pit road to get us back in the game and get track position. Ultimately we leave here with as good a finish as we possibly could have considering the circumstances -- I think we could have finished fifth but probably no more. It's a tough day. We have to get luck on our side, that's about the only place we could improve right now."
Scott parlayed a strong second place qualifying run into a great start of the race. He ran side by side with pole sitter Ron Hornaday Jr. for the first lap before grabbing the lead coming off of turn four on lap two. Scott held the lead until he started losing speed due to the cut tire on lap 30. Just four laps later his right front tire gave way and sent Scott hard into the outside retaining wall. The damage forced a sequence of five pit stops from laps 36 through 40. Scott restarted in the 20th position and struggled with the handling of his badly damaged Toyota Tundra. Scott's crew chief Jeff Hensley and the Xpress Motorsports crew took advantage of every opportunity to bring Scott down pit road and work on his truck and they did a yeoman's job, making both extensive body repairs and major adjustments to the toe-in on Scott's Toyota over the next 80 laps of the event. The repairs seemed to take hold and Scott battled back into contention, climbing into the top 10 as the leaders made green flag pit stops just after lap 100. After several cautions over the last third of the race Scott found himself in the 11th position on a restart on lap 136. He passed four competitors one lap after the restart and climbed up to sixth after another quick restart on lap 145. Scott held on to finish 6th and post his third consecutive top-ten finish, all=2 0despite dealing with a broken right wrist suffered at Michigan.
"Really this finish is just a testament to the determination of this Xpress Motorsports team." Scott said in the garage area at Kentucky.
"These guys hung in there and worked their tails off every pit stop to try and get our truck competitive and that eventually paid off in a decent finish. I can't say enough about their efforts. My wrist definitely didn't bother me as much as it had in the last two races. I don't know if it has had time to recover or if it's the difference between a short track and a big track. It's getting better, but it's still a little bit of a handicap, really more of a nuisance, a bother. Maybe I'll get used to it and I won't even notice it's there anymore."
Hornaday Jr. won the Built Ford Tough 225 Kentucky Speedway before an estimated crowd of 30,000. It was his third consecutive NCWTS win and the 43rd of his career. Mike Skinner, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and Aric Almirola rounded out the top-five. The next race for the NCWTS is the AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, IN.