SCOTT SEEKS SHORT TRACK SUCCESS AT MARTINSVILLE; XPRESS TEAM LOOKING FOR STRONG PUSH IN LAST FIVE NCWTS EVENTS MOORESVILLE, NC (October 20, 2009) -- At .526 miles in length Martinsville Speedway may be one of NASCAR's shortest tracks but ...
SCOTT SEEKS SHORT TRACK SUCCESS AT MARTINSVILLE; XPRESS TEAM LOOKING FOR STRONG PUSH IN LAST FIVE NCWTS EVENTS
MOORESVILLE, NC (October 20, 2009) -- At .526 miles in length Martinsville Speedway may be one of NASCAR's shortest tracks but it certainly stands tall in stature. Throughout the years a win at Martinsville has served as a jewel on the crown of stock car racing's most accomplished competitors. 21 year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Brian Scott would like nothing more than to add his name to the list of conquerors when he competes in Saturday afternoon's Kroger 200 at Martinsville.
"Everybody wants to win at Martinsville," Scott said. "There are some tracks that really put a stamp on your resume if you can win there and Martinsville is one of those places. You gain a lot of respect if you can win there. It has a storied history, and some of the greatest names in NASCAR history have had great success there. Drivers who have shaped this sport like Earnhardt, Petty, Waltrip, and Wallace have proven they can win multiple times at one of the most difficult racetracks around. It makes it a very prestigious accomplishment to get to victory lane at Martinsville. With a combination of a really good truck, my past experience there and some good pit strategy we could have a good shot at winning there. It would be a huge win for us. It would be a great victory. With Jeff Hensley being from that area and with all the guys having friends and family attending, Martinsville is a really big deal. This is almost a home track race for this whole team. It is a very important race and I know all the guys on this Xpress Motorsports team are putting in 110 percent in trying to give us the best opportunity possible to win at Martinsville."
Scott's crew chief on the No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Jeff Hensley, knows Martinsville Speedway extremely well. The Horsepasture, VA native practically grew up on the grounds of the racetrack. One of the things he respects most about the tight half-mile oval is the difficulty level associated with finding victory lane.
"Martinsville is a tough place to win," Hensley says. "There are so many circumstances out of your control. When you take a look at the last five races of the 2009 season, Martinsville and Talladega are the two biggest question marks we have. You can go to either place, be running good and then get caught up in something that was totally out of your control and end up with a really bad day. That is as true for Martinsville as it is Talladega because of how hard it is to work the traffic. Your strategy has to work out for you to have the finish you would like. It is just a tough place to race, a tough place to go and win. That is why some of the names you see as consistent winners at Martinsville have been some of the best drivers in NASCAR history."J Some NASCAR venues require more bravery than technique. Martinsville's unique paperclip shape, extremely tight confines and flat corners require more finesse than a lot of the high-speed high-banked tracks on the NCWTS tour. After four previous visits to the Virginia short track, Scott hopes he has a handle on it.
"Martinsville is a very technical track," Scott said from the team's shop in Mooresville, NC. "You carry a lot of speed into a really tight flat corner. All of your success depends on your entry into the corner. If you under drive the entry you have a tendency to want to pick up the throttle too soon and you can disrupt the effectiveness of the corner. If you drive in too hard you end up picking up the throttle too late. It is all about hitting your marks. You are also at the mercy of other drivers as well, as they can try and root and gouge you. The best thing is to just run your race, be consistent and hope that others slip up and that you are in position to take advantage of it. You have to be real methodical in working your way to the front."
Both Scott and Hensley see the importance of having a good run at Martinsville. The Kroger 200 starts a streak of five consecutive events that will ultimately determine the final running for the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points chase.
"The most important thing for us over these last five races is for us to be able to show consistency by running in the top-five," Scott added. "I think that will go a long way towards solidifying our points standing and give us a good chance to gain some points positions on some of the other teams ahead of us. We can't have a good race here or a good race there we need to be a factor each and every week. We need to show how consistently strong we can be over these next five races."
"Words can't even describe how important these last five races are to us," Hensley claims. "We have come a long way in a short time with this team. We have been competitive, won, run in the top ten almost every week and are currently fourth in points. Now we get a chance to go to some racetracks where Brian and I have a little bit of history together so we have high expectations for these last five events. We are going back to places where we had some good top 10 runs like Talladega and Texas and to some tracks like Phoenix and Homestead where we had top-fives at the end of last year. I am excited about it because some of the tracks coming up are where we have had some of our best runs. I feel like we have every opportunity in the world to move up in points. If we can put together a string of good consistent runs here at the end of the season then we can make up some ground. To win at Martinsville with Brian Scott would be a really big deal for me, especially with how hard it is to win there. It would be a good way to kick off these last five races. Another win at Martinsville would be huge for me personally. I won there twice with Mike Skinner in the midst of a points battle in 2007 and I have won there a couple of times in the Nationwide Series back in the early 90's."
Chassis for Martinsville: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis number 133 to the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. This new Triad Racing Technologies chassis will see its fifth race with Brian Scott and his Xpress Motorsports Toyota team. It previously posted a top-10 at Martinsville, placed 14th at ORP, finished second at Memphis and third at Gateway.