SCOTT MAKES STRONG RUN AT TEXAS ALBERTSONS CHEVROLET POSTS SOLID TOP 15 FINISH Fort Worth, TX (June 6, 2008) -- 13 finally proved to be the lucky number for Brian Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Chevrolet. After several races ...
SCOTT MAKES STRONG RUN AT TEXAS
ALBERTSONS CHEVROLET POSTS SOLID TOP 15 FINISH
Fort Worth, TX (June 6, 2008) -- 13 finally proved to be the lucky number for Brian Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Chevrolet. After several races worth of bad luck, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor shook off the gremlins that had recently haunted his Xpress Motorsports team and made a strong charge through the field to post a solid 13th place finish in the Sam's Town 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night.
"We were really patient tonight and it paid off for us," Scott said after the event. "We wanted to be there at the end and we were able to do that and it paid off in a decent finish. I think this is what the whole team needed after the last couple of weeks. I tried to be smart and if I had a really good run I took it but if it wasn't there I didn't force it. By not taking a lot of unnecessary chances it allowed me to put myself in position to have a good finish."
Scott started the race in the 28th spot and slowly but steadily moved his way forward. During the first green flag segment Scott radioed to his crew that his truck needed help off of the corners, "It drives in good but I am too tight off." When the caution flag fell on lap 31 Scott brought his Albertsons Chevrolet down pit road and took on four tires and fuel, and his crew made a series of strategic adjustments design to free up his chassis. Over the next 30 green flag laps Scott picked up 8 spots, moving from 28th to 20th in the running order. When asked how his truck was handling on Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5 mile quad-oval Scott replied, "I wish it was tighter in and looser off." His crew chief Dave Fuge said, "You can't have both." Scott's reply was, "I can wish though."
Scott's Xpress Motorsports team continued to work on improving his Albertsons Chevy over the next two pits stops. Scott's last crucial pit stop came after the yellow flag flew on lap 112. His crew busted off a quick stop, made the required adjustments and got him off pit road in the 16th position. He stayed at or near the top 15 over the final 40 laps. When Scott Speed and Marc Mitchell collided on lap 166 Scott narrowly missed catastrophe, skillfully dodging Speed's spinning Toyota. That set up a green-white-checkered flag finish and Scott made the most of the final two lap dash, picking up several spots and securing a solid 13th place finish.
"There at the end on the final two laps was one of the few times tonight where I threw caution to the wind," Scott said. "I just got all I could get. I can't say enough about the guys on this Xpress team. They have hung in with me through thick and thin and they did a great job tonight. They gave me a good truck and they gave it their all in the pits and I really appreciate their efforts."
NASCAR's loop scoring results showed how strong Scott's Texas effort was. He was listed as 5th in number of passes made under green flag conditions with 46 successful green flag passes.
Ron Hornaday Jr. won the Sam's Town 400 in front of 51,000 enthusiastic fans, his 35th NCTS win. He was followed by Kyle Busch, Johnny Benson, Jack Sprague and Todd Bodine. The next stop for the NCTS competitors will be the Cool City Customs 200 at Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. The event is slated for Saturday June 14th at 3:00 ET. The national television broadcast on SPEED starts at 2:30pm ET. The event will be broadcast via radio worldwide on Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 128.