TIRE WOES DOOM SCOTT AT TEXAS IDAHO NATIVE RETAINS FIFTH SPOT IN NCWTS POINTS FORT WORTH, TX (June 5, 2009) -- One week after the thrill of capturing his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, Brian Scott experienced ...
TIRE WOES DOOM SCOTT AT TEXAS
IDAHO NATIVE RETAINS FIFTH SPOT IN NCWTS POINTS
FORT WORTH, TX (June 5, 2009) -- One week after the thrill of capturing his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, Brian Scott experienced racing's more common outcome - trouble, struggle and a less than satisfying result. Friday night's Winstar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway was not so kind to Scott. His No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra blew a right front tire on lap 41, scraped the retaining wall and forced him to come in for repairs, costing him a lap in the process. After that it was a constant losing battle to try and get back on the lead lap under long green flags runs, and even though Scott and his Xpress Motorsports teammates rallied late, the end result was a 15th place finish. All was not lost for the evening however as Scott retained the fifth spot in the NCWTS points battle and is only 135 points out of first place.
"Man I never worked so hard for a 15th place finish in my life," Scott said after the event. "We just keep giving it everything we had but we couldn't catch a break and get back on the lead lap when we needed to. When you get behind like that you drive your guts out trying to get back in it. This team never gave up and=2 0we were able to come back and get a 15th place finish out of it and keep our position in the points and that is very important at this juncture in the season."
Scott qualified in the 17th position during Thursday night's qualifying session and quickly moved up three spots on the first lap of the race. He maintained his stature in the top 15 over the course of the first 40 green flag laps, albeit while battling a tight condition with his Toyota Tundra chassis. On lap 41 disaster struck in the form of a blown tire that sent the No. 16 Albertsons Toyota into the turn two retaining wall. Under the ensuing caution Scott came down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires on lap 42 and for Sunoco fuel and repairs on lap 43. Just when Scott needed help the most in form of another caution flag to get back on the lead lap, it failed to materialize. The race went green for 77 consecutive laps and Scott and the rest of the field were forced to pit under green flag conditions, scrambling the running order and placing Scott two laps down. He and his Xpress team rallied late and had one of the five fastest trucks over the last 40 laps but it was too little, too late. A 15th place finish was all that was in the cards for the 21 year-old Boise, Idaho native.
Todd Bodine won the Winstar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Matt Crafton, Colin Braun, Johnny Benson and Rick Crawford rou nded out the top five. The next race for the NCWTS competitors will be the Michigan 200 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. The event is slated for Saturday June 13th and will be telecast live on SPEED at 2:00pm ET. It will also be broadcast live via radio worldwide on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and on SIRIUS Satellite Radio NASCAR channel 128.