BRIAN SCOTT , No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports Finishing Position: 2nd What does this run show about your team? "I think we showed that if we don't have bad luck or get caught up in an accident, we're a top-five truck week...
, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Finishing Position: 2nd
What does this run show about your team?
"I think we showed that if we don't have bad luck or get caught up in an accident, we're a top-five truck week in, week out. My hat's off to our guys. Everybody on our Xpress Motorsports Albertson's Toyota Tundra -- they put in really hard work and a good effort in the shop. That ultimately translates to how we showed up at a race. We unload well and we run well. That's just their preparation! All the guys, they just work tirelessly. Jeff Hensley is the best crew chief when you get to a race track. He calls a great race and he can see it through to the end. He knows our fuel mileage. He knows our pit strategy. He has it figured out. I'm just lucky enough to go out there and drive. If I don't screw up and we don't have any bad luck, we can contend for a win every week and definitely a top-five."
Do you think the lapped trucks allowed Ron Hornaday to catch and pass you?
"The lapped down trucks plagued us the whole last part of the race. When we had the lead, I had no idea where they were going when I got to them. The lack of thinking ahead on that part. We got messed up on the 90 (Brent Sherman). I might have been able to stay in front of (Ron) Hornaday a little bit longer. I don't know if we could've beat him. He was awfully good. I can't adjust the brake adjuster in our trucks with my broken wrist. It just started getting tight. We were low on fuel so our nose-weight percentage kept picking up. I just needed to keep dialing rear brake as the run went on and wasn't able to do it. Ultimately, we just overused our front tires. We were sliding in the center of the corner and loose off because I was trying to make time back up and stay in front of David (Starr). It's unfortunate, but you can never be upset with second."
Was your broken wrist an issue on the final restart?
"I got a good jump on the restart and got to his (Ron Hornaday) bumper and drove in the corner right there with him. Unfortunately, I drove in a little harder and it wouldn't stick quite as well as his because I slid my front. Once I lost the bottom, I was like, 'Maybe I can get to the gas and get to his outside quarter-panel here and make a shot at him.' He got off the corner really well and there was nothing I could do. I was just lucky to settle back in second and not lose second to David (Starr). That was all I was thinking about. I knew he could at times run faster than me and at times I could run faster than him. I was just hoping to run faster than him that last little bit. I think somebody got side-by-side with him, and that helped me out. I was just able to hold on for second."
Were you distracted by the heat?
"You definitely know it's hot the whole time out there. You're sweating, you're doing everything you can, drinking water. It's not just hot for drivers. The pit crews, they're in full uniform. The Sunoco guys, the track help, the cleanup guys, the fans. I can't believe all the fans that endured the heat to watch us race. That was really cool to see. At times you look up under caution and just before the race started and you're like, 'Wow, there's a lot of people sitting in the 110-degree heat on steel bleachers or aluminum bleachers.' They're hot too. It was hot for everybody, not just us. I think everybody did an awesome job just staying hydrated and dealing with it. You try to block it out, but there's only so much you can do."
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