BACKSTRETCH "BIG ONE" ENDS SCOTT'S BID FOR WIN AT TALLADEGA; IDAHO NATIVE LOOKED STRONG EARLY BUT FELL VICTIM TO LATE RACE SKIRMISH Talladega, AL (October 31, 2009) -- Brian Scott made a strong bid for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck...
BACKSTRETCH "BIG ONE" ENDS SCOTT'S BID FOR WIN AT TALLADEGA; IDAHO NATIVE LOOKED STRONG EARLY BUT FELL VICTIM TO LATE RACE SKIRMISH
Talladega, AL (October 31, 2009) -- Brian Scott made a strong bid for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win on a superspeedway, leading on two separate occasions for 7 laps of Saturday afternoon's Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Unfortunately for Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra/Xpress Motorsports team, a late race lap 90 melee on the backstretch involving 11 trucks ended his chance for the win and relegated him to the 23rd finishing position. The crash did more than damage his Toyota Tundra -- it also knocked Scott out of the top-five in the NCWTS points chase, and he now sits in the 6th position, 30 points out of fifth.
Scott made a strong charge from his 18th starting position during the early laps, deftly picking his way patiently through heavy race traffic and working the draft to perfection. He moved into the top 10 by lap 25 and into the fifth spot by lap 29. Scott teamed with eventual race winner Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola to carve his way to the front of the pack in a tight draft and stormed to the lead coming to the start finish line on lap 44. Scott held the lead for several laps and then eventually settled into the second position behind Almirola for the next 12 circuits around Talladega's 2.66 mile tri-oval.
When the caution flag fell on lap 65 for an incident involving Colin Braun and Tayler Malsam, Scott darted down pit road on lap 66 for 2 left side tires and then again for fuel on lap 67. NASCAR accessed a pit road speeding penalty on Scott for exiting pit road too quickly and he was forced to restart at the tail end of the longest line. Scott worked his way back to the top 10 and was just starting his final push when Mike Skinner and Johnny Sauter collided on lap 90 creating an 11 truck pile up on the backstretch. Scott radioed his Xpress Motorsports crew with the bad news, "Were done guys, really, really done." Scott's No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra was too heavily damaged to continue and he was credited with a 23rd place finish.
Billy Ballew Motorsports teammates Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola finished one-two in the Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Todd Bodine,Terry Cook and David Starr rounded out the top-five. The next stop for the NCWTS competitors is the Lone Star 250K at Texas Motor Speedway.