Scott Hansen No Longer A Rookie In Las Vegas Concord, N.C. --- The story has been the same all year long for Scott Hansen, driver of the No. 52 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet. Although Hansen has over 25 years experience in racing, he has had to put...
Scott Hansen No Longer A Rookie In Las Vegas
Concord, N.C. --- The story has been the same all year long for Scott Hansen, driver of the No. 52 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet. Although Hansen has over 25 years experience in racing, he has had to put all that experience behind him and start anew. Hansen, age 44, has won in every series he has competed in and has a stellar record in the American Speed Association. He was an ASA title runner up twice and is fifth on the all-time win list with 24 wins. He has also earned 17 poles in 160 starts. Today, Hansen finds himself with a yellow stripe on his truck competing for rookie-of-the-year honors in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. This year has proven to be a challenge for the seasoned driver.
"I didn't expect to come into this series and set the world on fire because I knew better," said Hansen. "But it's been tougher than I thought. We went to some tracks that I dominated in ASA and then struggled in the truck."
To his surprise, Hansen's best finish this year was third at Nazareth, a track where he had never raced. Hansen hopes to improve on his season-high performance when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to Las Vegas on September 24th for the Las Vegas 250. Vegas is one of four tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule where Hansen has logged his fair share of laps in a truck. "I am really looking forward to competing at Las Vegas this year," said Hansen. "I had the opportunity to start this race last year in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck, so I do have some experience in a truck at Las Vegas. Experience behind the wheel is so important in understanding how these trucks handle and I am happy to go to a place where I have competed before in a truck and everything won't be so new to me. "The track drives very similar to Pikes Peak. We were able to learn a lot there that we can apply to the setup of the truck at Las Vegas. I really feel that we will be strong right out of the box and the Oakwood Homes Racing team will be a strong contender for the win at Las Vegas. "The Oakwood Homes Racing team has performed better this year at the tracks where I had competed in a truck last year. In addition to the event at Las Vegas, I raced last year at Milwaukee, IRP and Phoenix. This year at Milwaukee I qualified seventh and I was able to communicate better to the team about what the truck needed to run faster because of my previous experience there. This year at IRP, we had a top-10 qualifying effort and brought the truck home 11th. I hope we can continue on this streak of improved performances at tracks where I have experience."
It seems as though the odds will be in favor of Hansen's experience taking center stage when he and the Oakwood Homes Racing team race towards the checkered flag at Las Vegas. Oakwood Homes Corp., founded in 1946, is a fully integrated housing company that manufactures, retails, finances and insures factory-built homes in a 28-state region stretching from coast to coast. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Oakwood Homes is the largest retailer and is the third-largest manufacturer in the industry. Oakwood Homes has more than 400 retail sales centers, 29 plants and more than 11,000 employees nationwide. Oakwood Homes is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OH.