IDAHO NATIVE POSTS SOLID 7TH PLACE FINISH, STRENGTHENS HOLD ON FOURTH SPOT IN NCWTS POINTS LOUDON, NH (Sept. 19, 2009) -- Brian Scott sustained damage to the right front corner of his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra in a pit road collision on...
IDAHO NATIVE POSTS SOLID 7TH PLACE FINISH, STRENGTHENS HOLD ON FOURTH SPOT IN NCWTS POINTS
LOUDON, NH (Sept. 19, 2009) -- Brian Scott sustained damage to the right front corner of his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra in a pit road collision on lap 39 but with the help of his Xpress Motorsports team, Scott was able to rally for a solid 7th place finish in Saturday afternoon's Heluva Good 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The aerodynamic shortcomings caused by the damage did not allow him to take full advantage of the strength of Toyota, but Scott was still able to post his 12th top-10 finish of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and solidify his hold on fourth place in the NCWTS points chase. Scott now leads fifth place Colin Braun by 93 markers.
"It was tough day for this Xpress Motorsports team," Scott said in the garage area immediately after the event. "It was just a hard day all around. We suffered some damage on pit road to the right front that really affected the handling of our truck and that just put us way behind. We had to come back into the pits and try to repair the damage and that gave away all of our track20position. We were mired in the back of the pack, tried everything we could to get back up to the front and we just weren't good enough with the front end damage. We utilized pit strategy as best we could to help put us in a better position and all in all, I think we salvaged a decent finish out of it. I guess we'll bring our Tundra to Vegas and try to have a better run."
Scott qualified his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra in the sixth position with a time of 29.892 seconds that translates into a speed of 127.419 MPH on New Hampshire Motor Speedway' s 1.058 mile oval. Scott hovered near the top-five over the course of the race's first green flag run and was 7th when the event's first caution flag fell on lap 36 for a blown engine on Tim Bainey Jr.'s Chevrolet. Scott came down pit road for a series of pit stops, first on lap 38 for four Goodyear tires and then again on lap 39 for Sunoco fuel. As he exited the pits following the fuel stop Scott was trailing veteran Rick Crawford who slowed and then stopped suddenly while attempting to find his pit stall. Scott's Toyota collided with Crawford's Ford and as a result Scott was forced to give up excellent track position in order come back down pit road on lap 40 to repair the fairly extensive damage to the right front of his Toyota Tundra.
Scott restarted the race in the back of the pack and started the long hard climb back to the front. When the yellow flag fell on lap 91 Scott came back down pit road on lap 92 for additional repairs, fixing a hole in the right front corner which affected the aerodynamic flow on his Toyota. He also came back down pit road on lap 93 for only two right side tires. The two tire gambit won Scott some much needed track position, as he came into the pits in the 16th spot and exited in the 9th position. Scott fought hard over the next very long green flag run, which lasted almost 90 laps. He maintained his position in or near the top ten against competitors with four tires until slipping back slightly in the running order. Scott eventually took the lead on lap 174 as the field was forced to make a green flag pit stop for fuel. Scott gave up the lead with 23 laps remaining and darted down pit road for a quick splash of fuel. He rejoined the running order in 10th and after a short caution for debris on lap 188 Scott was able to climb up to 7th and hold off a hard charging Mike Skinner as the checkered flag fell.
Kyle Busch won the Heluva Good 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He was joined in the top-five by Ron Hornaday Jr., Kevin Harvick, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. The next race for the NCWTS is the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event is slated for Saturday September 26th and will be telecast live on SPEED at 9:30pm ET. It will also be broadcast live via radio worldwide on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and on SIRIUS Sa tellite Radio NASCAR channel 128.