IDAHO NATIVE QUALIFIES 3RD FOR CAMPING WORLD 200 Madison, IL -- Brian Scott's day started with a bright ray of sunshine. The 20 year-old Boise, ID native busted off an impressive lap in Saturday morning's qualifying session for the Camping World...
IDAHO NATIVE QUALIFIES 3RD FOR CAMPING WORLD 200
Madison, IL -- Brian Scott's day started with a bright ray of sunshine. The 20 year-old Boise, ID native busted off an impressive lap in Saturday morning's qualifying session for the Camping World 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Gateway International Raceway. Scott toured Gateway's 1.25 mile oval in 33.989 seconds which translates into 132.396 mph. The effort was good enough to place Scott and his No.16 Albertsons Chevrolet third on the starting grid for Saturday afternoon's 160 lap event.
"That was a good lap, not a perfect lap but a good one," Scott said after the qualifying run. "Our crew chief Dave McCarty and all the guys on this Xpress Motorsports team did an outstanding job getting this Albertsons Chevrolet better and better in practice. We are going to get a pole here pretty soon. We are getting closer and closer."
When the green flag fell at the start of the event Scott soon found out he was battling a tight condition that forced him to drop back a few positions. When the caution flag fell on lap 20 for Mark Mitchell's exploding tire, Scott and crew elected to bring his Chevrolet down pit road for a quick pit stop taking fuel only and making a chassis adjustment designed to loosen up=2 0his truck. The rapid stop got Scott back on the track in the fifth position. Over the next long green flag run Scott held his own with the leaders, who posted consistently fast lap times, and maintained his position solidly in the top ten. When caution befell the speedway once again on lap 59 Scott once again came down pit road for a four tire and fuel stop. His crew also made an air pressure and a chassis adjustment to help aid his persistent tight condition. He entered the pits in the 7th spot and rejoined the fray in the 12th position. Scott pitted again on lap 104 under yellow flag conditions for a two tire stop.
On lap 121 while running in the 11th spot Scott was spun from behind when a major melee happened in front of him in turn 4. The pile up collected Terry Cook, Jason White, Scott, Colin Braun, Andy Lally, Ted Musgrave, Rick Crawford, Chad McCumbee and Jack Smith, among others. The crash began when White was tapped, turning around his Dodge. From there, the field wadded up in the middle of the corner. Scott was spun into the grass by McCumbee coming off of turn 4 and the resulting front end damage significantly impaired the performance of his Albertsons Chevrolet. Scott made one last pit stop on lap 134, bolting on four fresh Goodyear tires and was able to move from 20th to 14th over the last 15 laps of the event.
"This was not exactly the finish we thought we might get when we started the race but at least we were competitive," Scott said in the garage area after the event. "We were just tight all day. I think a lot of teams were battling the same thing. The track conditions were totally different today than they were for practice yesterday and the track tightened up considerably. I just could not get it to turn like it needed to in the center of the turn and coming off the turn. We just really struggled getting off of turn two, it really pushed right there. We were a little better in turns three and four . Most of the time you can get it to turn by using the throttle down there but when it gets too tight, you can't even get it to do that and you lose time. After that crash down in turn 4 the truck was just never the same. I know that there was just no place for the 8 truck to go, it was just a racing incident. All in all though we had a better truck today than we have had in a while and I need to give all the guys on this Xpress team credit for that. They have hung in there through some tough times and kept their focus and we are seeing the results. I am really looking forward to going to Loudon next week with a little momentum."