SCOTT LOOKS FOR TEXAS TWO-STEP; IDAHO NATIVE HOPING TO BACK UP DOVER WIN MOORESVILLE, NC (June 2, 2009) -- The Texas Two-Step is a popular western dance that includes three steps: a quick step, a quick step, and then a slow step. Brian Scott and...
SCOTT LOOKS FOR TEXAS TWO-STEP; IDAHO NATIVE HOPING TO BACK UP DOVER WIN
MOORESVILLE, NC (June 2, 2009) -- The Texas Two-Step is a popular western dance that includes three steps: a quick step, a quick step, and then a slow step. Brian Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota/Xpress Motorsports team took one giant quick step last Saturday at Dover by capturing Scott's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. They hope to take another quick step this Friday night with a win in the Windstar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. The slow step hopefully would be the long march to the NCWTS Championship at Homestead. Scott's victory at Dover provided momentum in that direction as he moved up to fifth place in the points chase, only 107 out of first.
"I think everybody on this Albertson's Toyota Tundra crew is looking forward to going to Texas," Scott said. "Getting our first win at Dover has really pumped up this entire team. Our crew chief Jeff Hensley has a great track record there. I feel really good there and am really confident about running at Texas. I know we will have a good truck there so I'm looking for a good run and good results. Who knows, maybe we can get another win there. It's a very fast racetrack, one of the fastest mile and half racetracks w e go to. It has a couple of grooves of racing and it always provides a really exciting truck race because of all the room you have to race. The outside groove will be critical once again -- it allows you to keep your momentum up and not get bogged down. You can manipulate the person on the inside of you by taking the right side air off. It is a better position to be in. That suits my style, I like the outside line. Hopefully we can take advantage of that."
Hensley's win with Scott came after only their 14th start together. In those 14 races the dynamic duo has registered 9 top-10 finishes, four top-five finishes and a win. Their average finish together is 10.28. Pairing him with Scott has been like throwing Br'er Rabbit in the briar patch.
"Brian Scott has done a heck of a job," Hensley said from the team's shop in Mooresville. "As I said before he even won last week's race at Dover, this kid is the real deal. I'm fortunate to be here. Our first race together last year was Las Vegas in September and we just kind of clicked. I have a lot of respect for his ability and I think he had a lot of respect for my ability and whenever you can get that, it's pretty special."
Hensley has a good track record at Texas. He has dominated qualifying sessions and racked up good finishes but has never donned the celebratory cowboy hat presented to the win ning team. He is hoping that the next trip to Texas with Scott will provide an opportunity to score some new head gear.J"We had a real good run with there with Brian last fall," Hensley said. "We were probably a couple of spots better than our finish. We were running in the top five and got shuffled out there a little bit at the end. We are taking the truck we finished third with at Kansas and we know it's a good truck so we can't wait to get there. I have never finished out of the top 10 there but one time. We were fortunate enough to have won the pole there four or five times there in the past. It is by far my favorite race track. I love that place."
Scott's win at Dover is the highpoint of a very busy year for the Boise, ID native. In addition to his full time NCWTS schedule, Scott has competed in four races for Braun Racing. The young driver's plan is to make the move up the ladder as soon as humanly possible. At 21 years-old he is the truck series' youngest first-time winner since Kyle Busch won in 2005, 18 days past his 20th birthday.
"I love the truck series but it is no secret that I want to move up," Scott said. "The ideal situation would be to get myself involved with a top flight organization that can help develop my career even further. I have come a long way since I started racing in a NASCAR touring se ries in 2007. Now I have both NASCAR Camping World and NASCAR Nationwide Series experience and I would like to align myself with a top notch team that can help get me to the next level. If I can pair up with a great team that can provide me with good equipment and a good organizational base then I feel like I can be really successful at the next level. So we are exploring all those options right now."