TOUGH DAY AT BRISTOL FOR BRIAN SCOTT BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 20, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 29th after running in the top 15 at the Scotts Turf Builder 300 on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. However, the day began even before the race ...
TOUGH DAY AT BRISTOL FOR BRIAN SCOTT
BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 20, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 29th after running in the top 15 at the Scotts Turf Builder 300 on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. However, the day began even before the race with some drama during qualifying as the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Toyota was not guaranteed a starting spot.
"Because we started this season from scratch and we have no previous year's owner's points, our big hurdle this season has been qualifying. Even though we were in the top 15 for most of the practice sessions, we didn't get the car tight enough for qualifying the next day. Our first lap wasn't good enough to make the field, but luckily our second lap put us in the show," said Scott.
Starting 23rd, Scott quickly began picking off cars one at a time moving through the field. By lap seven he was already in the 17th position and gained four more spots by lap 39. A yellow flag flew on lap 53 and with only a complaint of a slight loose condition, crew chief Billy Wilburn elected to stay out with the leaders as Scott was making advancements through the field.
Restarting 11th on lap 59, Scott started patiently clicking off laps. Suddenly on lap 87 Scott began feeling a vibration. Crew chief Billy Wilburn told the young rookie to bring it to the attention of the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions crew as soon as he could. Just as Scott began slowing for pit road, contact from behind sent Scott spinning into the outside wall.
The No. 11 Toyota suffered heavy damage to the front and rear ends of the car. A broken radiator was replaced quickly and Scott returned to the track 35 laps down to ultimately finish 29th.
"I felt a little bit of a vibration around lap 85 but it wasn't too bad. We hadn't made a pit stop yet, so I didn't think it could have been a loose wheel. We diagnosed that somehow the lugnuts worked their way loose even though we had torque them down before the race. As soon as the vibration began getting worse, I knew we had to bring it in. Even though I was waving my hand, the cars behind me must not have realized I was trying to get to the pits. It's obviously a disappointing result, but it doesn't show the effort the AccuDoc Solutions crew put in. We were quick in practice and I knew we had a great car. The No. 11 Braun Racing crew did a great job replacing the radiator to get us out and gain those valuable owner's points. I really look forward to moving on to Nashville," said Scott.
This 29th place finish puts Scott 19th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, only 7 points out of 28th and 284 points from the lead.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Nashville Superspeedway in two weeks for the Nashville 300.
-source: braun racing