SCOTT TAKES HOME THIRD AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE 21 YEAR-OLD IDAHO NATIVE JUMPS TO SEVENTH IN NCWTS POINTS WEST ALLIS, WI (June 20, 2009) -- It's hard to wrestle a 3,400 pound NASCAR Camping World Truck to a top five finish. It's even harder to...
SCOTT TAKES HOME THIRD AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE
21 YEAR-OLD IDAHO NATIVE JUMPS TO SEVENTH IN NCWTS POINTS
WEST ALLIS, WI (June 20, 2009) -- It's hard to wrestle a 3,400 pound NASCAR Camping World Truck to a top five finish. It's even harder to do with a broken right wrist. That's exactly what Brian Scott did Saturday afternoon. Demonstrating tremendous determination, Scott fought off the effects of the injury he suffered just one week ago in a hard crash in Michigan to post an impressive third place finish in the Copart 200 at the famed Milwaukee Mile. The strong run helped Scott and his Xpress Motorsports team climb back up to seventh in the NCWTS points chase, just 24 points out of fifth.
"It was good to get a top-five," Scott said on pit road after the event. "I feel like we're a top-five team week in and week out. We've just had a rough couple weeks. It's good to start to get some consistency and some good finishes. Of course you want to win every race, but third, given the circumstances that we had, was good. We started off and it was teamwork all day. We made the right adjustments in the pits and had good pit stops. We were a long run truck. We were really good the longer and longer we went. It seemed like we would start off a little slow, but at the end of it, we were running a couple tenths faster than the leaders and started to pull back the gap that they spread on me. I just wish this race was a longer race. I think with another 50 laps, we probably would've kept moving forward. Our truck got better and better. It would've been interesting to see if it was a longer race. Jeff Hensley (crew chief) made good calls and we had good pit stops. The Albertsons Toyota Tundra was really good when it counted -- and that was at the end."
Scott started the event in the 12th position on owner's points after rain postponed the event from its scheduled Friday night slot pushed the action to Saturday afternoon. He steadily moved up through the field climbing into the 8th spot by lap 12. When the caution flag fell on lap 38, Scott and the rest of the leaders came to pit road for a series of pit stops for tires and fuel. Xpress Motorsports crew chief Jeff Hensley made a couple of chassis adjustments designed to aid the handling on Scott's No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra. Scott exited the pits in the 6th position. After one more quick caution the race settled into a long green flag run. As the leaders started to pit around lap 121, Scott stayed on the racetrack climbing as high as the third spot when Aric Almirola spun bringing out a caution. That left only 9 trucks on the lead lap and proved to be a huge benefit to Scott and his Xpress Motorsports team.
"We stayed out und er the green flag run when we needed too," Scott added. "We were going to come in the next lap when the caution came out. That helped us out a lot. We stuck with our plan and it paid off."
Despite a small pit snafu on a lap 129 pit stop, Scott was in perfect shape for a run to the finish. He restarted in the 7th position and once again steadily climbed up through the leaderboard. He was fifth by lap 139, fourth by lap 155 and made a bump and run pass for third on Todd Bodine on lap 187. He survived a late race restart to finish third and claim his third top-five finish of the 2009 NCWTS season.J "Wow! Anytime you can get a top-five finish it is a good day," Crew chief Jeff Hensley said during post race inspection. "We had a pretty decent truck and we made it better as the day went along. Brian hung in there. I know he was hurting but he did a heck of a job. We were a top 6 or 7 truck all day and ended up getting a top three finish out of it. I am tickled to death, this is what we need to do until Brian can get back to 100%."
For Scott the day was about pain management as well as race management. He did both extremely well. Heavy traffic and restarts provided him with the biggest challenge.
"Going through the gears was hard, and it was just as hard in race situations," Scott said. "Once I went i nto the corner, I was pretty much stuck there. I couldn't change the line or juke to get to someone's quarter panel. Ultimately, that's why I got into Todd Bodine. I was established and rolling the center better because he was tight and I couldn't do anything once I ran up on him other than hit the brake. You just can't afford to do that with these restrictor plates. It's just so much momentum. There was not a lot of skill involved in that pass. It was a good day, though. I'll take a top-three with a broken wrist any day."
Ron Hornaday Jr. won the Copart 200 at The Milwaukee Mile on his birthday. Dennis Setzer finished second, one second behind Hornaday and was followed by Scott. Germain Racing's Todd Bodine was fourth and Circle Bar Racing's James Buescher was fifth. The next race for the NCWTS is the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park. The event is slated for Saturday June 27th and will be telecast live on SPEED at 6:00pm ET. It will also be broadcast live via radio worldwide on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and on SIRIUS Satellite Radio NASCAR channel 128.