SCOTT HOPING ST.LOUIS TRIP PROVIDES GATEWAY TO SUCCESS IDAHO NATIVE AND XPRESS TEAM LOOK TO CONTINUE UPWARD TREND MOORESVILLE, NC (September 9, 2009) -- After posting 10 top-10's, six top-fives and one win during the 2009 NASCAR Camping World...
SCOTT HOPING ST.LOUIS TRIP PROVIDES GATEWAY TO SUCCESS
IDAHO NATIVE AND XPRESS TEAM LOOK TO CONTINUE UPWARD TREND
MOORESVILLE, NC (September 9, 2009) -- After posting 10 top-10's, six top-fives and one win during the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign, Brian Scott and his Xpress Motorsports crew are looking to set the bar a little higher for this Saturday's Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway. Scott is currently fourth in the NCWTS standings but he and his teammates would like to make up some ground on his competitors this weekend at Gateway's tricky 1.25 mile oval.
"We want to make the most out of the rest of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and Gateway is a great place to set the stage for that," Scott said. "Gateway is a fun race track. We had a good truck there last year even though we were going through a lot of transition as a team. It was after we made some significant changes and things started looking up. We qualified well there, we ran well there. We got in a little bit of an incident that tore our splitter up, but overall I think it is a racetrack that fits my style. It is a fun race track to go to, a great area, right there by the St. Louis arch.}2 0It is a challenging racetrack and I think this year we will be even better than we were last year. I think we will have a really good run and hopefully continue this little streak that we're on."
Gateway is notorious for the problems that it presents to the drivers and the crews. With two radically different corners it forces teams to make difficult choices on where to gain time, one end or the other. Scott indicates that you have to make the most out of what you have underneath you as a driver.
"You have one end that is a little bit like Richmond turns one and two and then you have another end like a flat Loudon or Phoenix big sweeping corner," Scott adds. "You just drive them differently and it's exciting because you're not going be perfect in one end or the other, or you're going be perfect in one end and not very good in the other end. That makes you have to work at driving it and that makes you have to be able to drive multiple styles. You might be loose in one corner and tight in the other, and that I think plays into our benefit. I think that plays into my driving style. I think that helps us along the way and I think that is why we can have success at Gateway."
Xpress Motorsports Crew Chief Jeff Hensley has made numerous jaunts to the Madison, IL venue and knows how vexing the egg shaped oval can be. He is confident that both=2 0his driver and his team will prove up to the task.
"Gateway is a challenge," Hensley says. "I've been pretty fortunate there in the past though. We have always run fairly well there. You have to be able to be really good thru the long sweeper in turns three and four because you build so much momentum through there to keep your speed up down the front straightaway. If you can't get through there good, usually your lap times are not as good as they need to be, there is just so much corner there. Turns one and two are so tight and you've got to be able to roll the center good there to be able to get up off turn two because it is such a tight corner. It is pretty tough, but I enjoy it. We were fortunate enough to win the pole a couple of times there in the past. I think we should be good. It is enough like Loudon and places like that, that you've got to be able to do the same things well at Gateway as you do at those tracks, and I think our set ups work pretty good there."
Chassis for Gateway International Raceway: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis n umber 133 to the Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway. This new Triad Racing Technologies chassis will see its fourth race with Brian Scott and his Xpress Motorsports Toyota team. It previously posted a top-10 at Martinsville, placed 14th at ORP and finished second at Memphis.