Talladega: Brian Scott preview

SCOTT SET TO TAKE ON TALLADEGA; IDAHO NATIVE LOOKS TO IMPROVE ON 7TH PLACE FINISH MOORESVILLE, NC (October 27, 2009) --Talladega Superspeedway, 2.66 miles of high banked asphalt ribbon carved out of the deep red Alabama clay, presents the next...


MOORESVILLE, NC (October 27, 2009) --Talladega Superspeedway, 2.66 miles of high banked asphalt ribbon carved out of the deep red Alabama clay, presents the next challenge for 21 year-old Boise, ID native Brian Scott. Scott made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Talladega start just one year ago, led the pack on several occasions and had a legitimate shot at capturing the checkered flag with a spirited charge to the finish line. Unfortunately his bid for the win was halted by a block from a fellow competitor and he fell back to the 7th position. Heading into this Saturday's Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, Scott is looking to improve on last year's performance in his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra and add his name to the impressive list of drivers who have graced Talladega's Victory Lane.

"We have been in position to win on these superspeedways before," Scott said. "Talladega would be a great place to finally make that happen. It has a lot of tradition and history. Really racing at Talladega is about good timing. You have to time your charge just right, get in the right draft and be in front when it counts most. Talladega is a place that has treated me very well. You have to stay on your toes and be on your game the whole time. It is notorious for having things happen quickly and collecting a good portion of the field in one swift incident. In order to get a good finish you need to be there at the end. You need to have a truck that can get to the front and draft well but you also having parts of the race where you just want to ride where you are in line, survive and make a charge when the time comes."

Survival is certainly a key element to a good finish at both superspeedways on the NCWTS circuit. Due to the engine plate restrictions, trucks are very equal in horsepower and top speed. Those conditions create tight fender to fender action. With the competitors being in such close proximity to each other, dodging an incident as it is unfolding in front of the driver can be very challenging. The tiniest miscue can lead to one of the large multi-truck accidents that have come to be called "The Big One". Talladega Superspeedway is famous for such jarring metal bending, gravity defying spectacles. Veteran NCWTS crew chief Jeff Hensley knows going into the lion's den of speed at Talladega presents both opportunity and risk.

"There is no safe place to run at Talladega," Hensley said. "When you are racing with these plates everyone is just on top of each other and if something happens there really is just no place to go. Just being able to miss the big one and just being able to be in the right line to draft in are the two biggest things that control your destiny at Talladega. If you can get your truck to handle well and draft and pull up good, you can run really well. Last year we started 23rd and were leading by lap 10. The race last year did a lot for Brian's confidence on the superspeedways. He ran up front, led laps and had a good shot to win at the end. I think he realized that he could race with the best of them at Talladega and Daytona and that he belonged. So much of superspeedway racing is confidence. He drove an excellent race all day long at Talladega last year. He was patient when he needed to be and aggressive when he needed to be. Coming to the checkered flag we were within an arm's length of winning the race."

Scott is the type of driver who enjoys racing almost anywhere anytime. He got his start racing on the short dirt tracks of the Northwest. He progressed on to late models, USAR Pro-Cup cars, ARCA cars and then on to the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series in 2007. Racing on NASCAR's storied high-banked superspeedways is a special thrill for the Idaho native.

"It is a tremendous amount of fun to run at those speeds so close together at Talladega and Daytona," Scott added. "I love superspeedway racing. It is so much fun to draft with all those other competitors. The things that you can do with your truck on the racetrack when everything is just right are really cool, just eye opening. To be part of a big pack where you can go from the front to back and back to the front is unique. It is a real rollercoaster ride. It is one of the most enjoyable aspects of driving in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The draft multiplies all the sensations you are having in the truck. When you get the right pocket of air or steal air off of someone you can get a really good run. It is like nothing else."

Chassis for Talladega Superspeedway: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis number 94 to the Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. This new Triad Racing Technologies chassis will be utilized in its second race with Brian Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra/Xpress Motorsports team. It previously posted a 12th place finish at Daytona.

-credit: xm

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