BROKEN RIGHT WRIST SLOWS BUT FAILS TO STOP SCOTT IDAHO NATIVE TO COMPETE AT MILWAUKEE MILE MOORESVILLE, NC (June 16, 2009) -- The hard crash sustained last Saturday by Brian Scott on lap 8 of the Michigan 200 at ...
BROKEN RIGHT WRIST SLOWS BUT FAILS TO STOP SCOTT
IDAHO NATIVE TO COMPETE AT MILWAUKEE MILE
MOORESVILLE, NC (June 16, 2009) -- The hard crash sustained last Saturday by Brian Scott on lap 8 of the Michigan 200 at Michigan International Speedway did more than destroy Scott's No. 16 Toyota Tundra chassis. It also broke a bone in the right wrist of the 21-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor. Despite the injury Scott will still compete in this Friday night's Copart 200 NCWTS event at the Milwaukee Mile.
"I knew as soon as I hit the wall something was wrong," Scott said. "Usually with all the adrenaline flowing through you when you are competing on the racetrack you don't feel any pain, but in this case my wrist hurt right away. I was hoping for the best, maybe that I had just banged it up. As more time passed after the wreck it felt more and more like a broken bone. It was the hardest hit of my career and the steering just yanked out of my hand. Usually I try and let go of the wheel if I know I am going to hit the wall hard but in this situation I didn't have time. You have to commend NASCAR on the safety measures they have put in place. I am fortunate to have an injury that I can deal with and still c ompete effectively. We will go to Milwaukee and make the most of the situation."
This will be Scott's second trip to the famed and historic Milwaukee Mile. With a recent win at Dover under his belt and a strong Xpress Motorsports team preparing his Toyota Tundras, Scott should be in better position to be a major factor this time around. Milwaukee's one mile flat layout is just what the doctor ordered.
"Milwaukee is a great race track with a ton of history behind it," Scott added. "It is the type of track where we have done really well recently. This Xpress Motorsports team runs well on flat tracks like Phoenix, Loudon, Gateway and Milwaukee. We are excited about going there with a brand new truck -- it's a great piece of equipment and I know our crew chief Jeff Hensley will do everything in his power to make sure we are fully prepared and ready for the challenge. The track has a unique layout with significant straightaways and long sweeping corners. You drive with the throttle a lot just like you do at Gateway. You have to have good rear grip and you have to be able to drive up through the corners. It is most definitely a finesse racetrack. Those long sweeping corners are similar to both Loudon and Phoenix. You enter the corner and then get back on the gas. If you can stay on the gas it's great, but if not you have to play with throttle a ll the way through the corner. It fits my driving style well."
Scott knows his team needs to rebound from its poor finish at Michigan. Even though it was a crash not of their own doing, the hangover from the effect on the NCWTS points race is a reminder of the situation they find themselves in.
"Racing with an injury like this is not the situation any of us on this team want to be in," Scott said. "But we know we can overcome it. Overcoming adversity has sort of been our theme of the year and this is just one more obstacle thrown in our path. We bounced back after California and Charlotte, and now we just need to come back strong from our accident in Michigan. If there is one thing this team can do it is bounce back and climb back into this points race."
The Copart 200 at the Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, WI is slated for Friday June 19th and will be telecast live on SPEED at 9:00 pm ET. It will also be broadcast live via radio worldwide on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and on SIRIUS Satellite Radio NASCAR channel 128.
Chassis for The Milwaukee Mile: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis number 134 to the Copart 200 at the Milwaukee Mile. This is a brand new Triad Racing Technologies chassis that will be making its maiden voyage at Milwaukee this weekend.