Nashville: Brian Scott preview

SCOTT READY TO MAKE STRING MUSIC AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY; IDAHO NATIVE LOOKING TO TURN "CONCRETE DOUBLE" MOORESVILLE, NC (July 28, 2009) -- Brian Scott has a one track mind as he heads to Nashville Superspeedway for this Saturday's Toyota ...


MOORESVILLE, NC (July 28, 2009) -- Brian Scott has a one track mind as he heads to Nashville Superspeedway for this Saturday's Toyota Tundra 200. The track maybe Nashville but the prize on his mind is the fabled Gibson Guitar given to the winner of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at the 1.33 mile concrete oval. Scott has high hopes that it is his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra that makes the hard turn into Victory Lane.

"Man, I would love to win one of those Gibsons," Scott says. "The Gibson Guitar is one of the most sought after trophies in motorsports. Miles the Monster from Dover is right there as is the Elvis Trophy from Memphis. I came up one spot short at Memphis for Elvis. Ask any driver and they will tell you how much they want that guitar from Nashville Superspeedway. It would be great to win the guitar to go with my Monster trophy from Dover, maybe the Monster can play the guitar. It would be a really good match. I would cherish it forever if I could be fortunate enough to win one."

Close but no cigar, or no guitar, as the case may be for Scott's crew chief20Jeff Hensley. Hensley has been within mere laps of claiming the coveted trophy but has come up just shy of being able to strum his way home.

"It would be huge to finally win of those guitars," Hensley said. "On three different occasions I have come within 10 laps of winning that guitar only to finish second or third. That hurts because the Gibson is such a special deal. With this being a Toyota sponsored race that would make it just that much sweeter."

Scott has established a record of success at concrete surfaces already in 2009. He won on the concrete surface at Dover earlier this year, setting off a hot streak that includes a second place finish at Memphis, a third place finish at Milwaukee and a sixth place finish at Kentucky. Scott has run the last four races with a broken right wrist suffered in a hard crash at Michigan. He welcomes the return to the cement based surface in Middle Tennessee.

"Nashville and Dover as concrete tracks are affected the same by rubber build up and temperature," Scott added. "You use some of the same things to help tune on the truck. With our set ups we have a lot of adjustability built in and I think that really helps us on concrete surfaces. I think in some ways the concrete tracks are more finicky than asphalt racetracks. They tend to need a little more fine tuning. I think our set u ps play into that hand really well. Nashville is a great track, one of my favorite tracks. Toyota has a big presence there and they sponsor the race, so as a Toyota team we really want to do well there. Everybody on our team has a lot of confidence going into the race at Nashville. Our crew chief Jeff Hensley has a lot of confidence going to Nashville, his set ups have worked very well there in the past. All that coupled with the fact that the racetrack matches my driving style very well gives us a good shot to run well. If we can get a little luck then hopefully we can have a really good race."

Hensley relishes the opportunity to challenge Nashville Superspeedway's high banked oval. His track record there as a crew chief is stellar despite having never captured the checkered flag.

"I love Nashville," Hensley claims." I love the racetrack, the facilities, really everything about it. It is a good racetrack to race on with plenty of grooves to choose from. It has a lot of grip. The biggest challenge is to make sure that the truck rotates well in the corner where Brian can keep his momentum up down the backstretch. You also have to make sure the driver doesn't overdrive turn one. It is easy to drive into that corner too hard. It is easy to do that, the track can fool you. If you do that you kill your momentum and it kills you coming off of turn two and tha t ruins your entire lap. If you make sure that your truck is stable on entry and rotates the corner good, you are ahead of the game."

Chassis for Nashville Superspeedway: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis number 127 to the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. This will be Scott's second event in the chassis this season. This Triad Racing Technologies chassis was originally built as a Dodge by Xpress Motorsports crew chief Jeff Hensley when he worked for BHR-VA in 2008. It placed second at Gateway and fourth at Loudon last year with Dennis Setzer behind the wheel. Xpress Motorsports purchased the chassis during the off-season and converted it to a Toyota Tundra. This will be Scott's third event in the chassis. He finished 10th at Atlanta with it earlier this season and then won at Dover, his first NCWTS win.

-credit: xm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Brian Scott