Scott Hansen Seeks First Victory At IRP Concord, N.C. --- From past history at IRP, it appears that it is essential to start the race up front if you plan on having a good finish. Therefore, starting the No. 52 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet up front...
Scott Hansen Seeks First Victory At IRP
Concord, N.C. --- From past history at IRP, it appears that it is essential to start the race up front if you plan on having a good finish. Therefore, starting the No. 52 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet up front is a major goal for the team.
Oakwood Homes driver Scott Hansen is quick to note that both qualifying and track position are the keys to winning at Indianapolis Raceway Park. In the previous four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events on the .686-mile oval, each race winner started third or better.
"I really enjoy competing at IRP because it is an extremely challenging track," said Hansen. "Because the track has only one groove, it is very hard to pass which means that track position is very important. The Oakwood Homes Racing team's main focus will be qualifying at IRP. If for some reason we qualify poorly, then we will use pit strategy to gain positions on the race track. IRP is a place where the best truck doesn't necessarily win."
Hansen's statistics at IRP prove that he knows the key to winning there. In five events in the ASA series, Hansen has two wins, three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
"I have been very successful at IRP in the ASA series," Hansen said. "I have two wins there and one of them came last year in 1998, so it hasn't been very long since I visited victory lane. I feel very confident about the Oakwood Homes Racing team's chances of getting to victory lane at IRP. Every time I return to a race track where I have run well, I am able to bring my knowledge and experience to the race team."
Even with Hansen's stellar accomplishments at IRP, he anticipates more success than he experienced driving a truck in 1998. Hansen started 20th and finished 24th last year.
"I wasn't able to take my past experience at IRP and transfer it into the truck as easily as I'd hoped," Hansen said. "Since then, I have gotten a better feel for how the trucks handle and I have learned a lot. I think many people feel a stock car is a stock car and anyone should be able to perform well, regardless of the series. I thought the same thing and even as a rookie, I felt I was going to do well from the start.
"I have been racing for 25 years and have been successful in every series I have run in. I just assumed that it would be just as easy in the truck series, but I was wrong. The competition in this series is very competitive and the trucks handle differently that anything I have ever driven. It has taken some time to adjust to the trucks, but I think we have really grown as a team this year."
Hansen has not finished outside the top 10 at Indianapolis Raceway Park in the ASA Series and he is looking for continued success this year with the Oakwood Homes Racing Team.