Texas II: Brian Scott preview

IDAHO NATIVE ON A ROLL AS HE HEADS TO LONE STAR STATE MOORESVILLE, NC (October 27, 2008) -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie Brian Scott rolls into the Lone Star state with a full head of steam. The 20 year-old Idaho native is fresh off...


MOORESVILLE, NC (October 27, 2008) -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie Brian Scott rolls into the Lone Star state with a full head of steam. The 20 year-old Idaho native is fresh off a 10th place finish in Atlanta, has posted three top 10 finishes in his last five starts and is in on a streak of 6 straight top 15 finishes. It has been a tale of two seasons for Scott. In the season's first 14 races his average finish was 23.5. Since some mid-season changes, Scott's average finish over the past 8 races has improved dramatically to 12.5. Now Scott heads to Texas Motor Speedway in his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra for Friday night's Chevy Silverado 350K with a bounce in his step.

"Every week since Kentucky we have been running better and better," Scott said from his team's Mooresville, NC headquarters. "Now I really look forward to coming to the racetrack each week. Our entire team has been really enthusiastic and energetic and that kind of energy just translates into better performances on the racetrack."

Scott has two previous starts at Texas with a 13th place showing in the spring and a 21st place finish last fall. He knows that with a proven commodity like crew chief Jeff Hensley on board he has the chance to significantly improve on his previous trips to Texas Motor Speedway.

"I like Texas," Scott says. "It is one of the more fun mile and a half tracks that we run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. It has really good grip and it has multiple grooves that you can run in. It has much more grip than Atlanta. There are a lot of things we learned in Atlanta from the race and in practice that we think are going to translate well into our Texas efforts and give us a very good truck. We have a better down force truck which will help keep grip and run, and we have some ideas on spring combinations and geometry for what we want to do. Everybody on this race team is really excited, and Jeff Hensley our crew chief is looking forward to it. He has a lot of great experience there and he feel like he can give us a really good truck for Texas so we are looking forward to it."

Hensley knows what a string of good finishes will do for a team and he sees growing confidence in his Xpress Motorsports troops every day. He continues to see plenty of promise in his rookie driver.

"It is important to collect top ten finishes to build momentum for next year," Hensley said. "It is great to start to get some consistency I told Brian on the radio at Atlanta that when you run around good drivers and good teams all day long that is when you start to learn, that is how rookies learn. They don't learn anything by running 25th every week. If you run from fifth to 10th to 15th every week that is how you learn and hopefully we can continue to do that for the rest of the year and build for next year. But all in all this is pretty cool right here."

Hensley knows Texas inside and out. He has a bundle of top-five finishes on the high-banked intermediate speedway.

"I am excited about Texas," Hensley says. "We tried some different things at Atlanta and it worked pretty good there. We have a new truck we are going there with. I have always been able to run good there. I don't think I have ever finished worse than third there so I am really looking forward to it. Every year we go back to Texas it gets a little rougher. Down in the tunnel turn in one and two it gets a little bumpier and you have to work through those. You have to keep up with the shock combinations, and the weather changes on you from day to night. You can tend to get a little free there at night so hopefully we can keep up with the racetrack and be good. Atlanta and Texas are night and day different. They are both mile and a half racetracks but that is the only common denominator. Texas is quite a bit smoother, the transition into the corner is quite a bit smoother so it does take a totally different set up. Texas is faster I think, the middle of the corner speeds are a lot faster and the grip level is a lot better at Texas as well. I like it a lot. I have never won there, but I've finished second there four times and I have always wanted that cowboy hat so maybe we will get it this time."

-credit: em/xm

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