Chicagoland: Brian Scott race report

SCOTT FIGHTS FOR CAREER BEST THIRD PLACE FINISH AT CHICAGOLAND Joliet, Ill. (July 9, 2010) - Brian Scott finished a career-best third in the Dollar General 300 Powered By Coca-Cola on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. Battling Cup Series regulars,...


Joliet, Ill. (July 9, 2010) - Brian Scott finished a career-best third in the Dollar General 300 Powered By Coca-Cola on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. Battling Cup Series regulars, Scott endured two late-race caution flags to pick up six spots in the last nine laps.

Qualifying 18th, Scott knew his AccuDoc Solutions Camry was much better on race runs than what his qualifying effort had shown. With new crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz at the helm, the team was confident in their race-pace speeds shown in practice earlier that day.

Scott wasted no time in moving to the front. Picking up six spots in the first two laps, he quickly gained the 12th position. Before green-flag pit stops began on lap 47, radio chatter was limited. Scott's focus was laser intense. Just before the stop, Scott radioed to the crew that the car was a bit tight in the center of the corner, but overall, he was happy.

Four tires and fuel later, Scott went back to work after the pit stop. Picking up one spot in the pits under green, the AccuDoc Solutions Camry sat in the 11th position. Since taking tires, Scott began diagnosing a loose condition that was hurting his short run speeds. Only asking for lap times, Scott began moving his line around the race track to search for grip.

The first yellow flag of the night flew on lap 70 with Scott in the 11th position. Scott needed more speed on short runs and new interim crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz ordered Scott to bring the AccuDoc Solutions Camry down pit road for adjustments. The Braun Racing No. 11 team fired four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment at the AccuDoc Solutions Camry in a lightening quick stop that had Scott restarting 13th.

Despite still being loose on short runs, 15 laps into the session Scott began gaining time on the leaders. Working his way all the way back up to 7th, he still needed more grip on shorter runs. Stankiewicz again brought Scott down pit road during green-flag pit stops on lap 134. Another air pressure adjustment on four tires and fuel gave Scott a car to work toward the end of the 200-lap event.

When the fuel mileage results came apparent to team engineer Brian Harrison, he quickly shared them with Stankiewicz. The interim crew chief of the No. 11 made a quick request of Scott to save some fuel, letting him know that they were five laps short on fuel. Just then, a yellow flag flew, giving Scott the fuel mileage needed for the end.

Restarting eighth, Scott was among the elite with 50 laps to go. Settling into ninth position as the laps wound down, it began looking like Scott would score his fourth top-10 of the season. Just then, a yellow flag flew with 15 laps to go, bunching the field back together again. Quickly, the crew chiefs up and down pit road were forced to make a strategy call. At the last second, Stankiewicz called Scott to pit road for two tires, a splash of fuel and a track bar adjustment.

Restarting fifth with 10 laps to go, Scott fought Kyle Busch side-by-side for fourth-place. After clearing him with four laps to go, another yellow flew set the field up for a green-white-checkered finish. On the restart, Scott battled side-by-side with the No. 10 Beringer Camry of David Reuitmann for third before another yellow flag flew, finishing the race under caution. The 22-year-old Boise, ID native finished his NASCAR Nationwide Series career-best, third place.

"What an incredible night," Scott said after the race. "To see Braun Racing's four cars in the top eight positions is just a testament to how hard this team works to give us great cars. Jeff Stankiewicz did an incredible job all night and made the right two-tire call at the end to give us great track position as well as the proper adjustments to turn a long run car into a short run car. The AccuDoc Solutions Camry was great today, the team did good job in the pits. It's so nice to be fighting for top-10's with all the Cup Series regulars. I have to thank this AccuDoc Solutions team, Braun Racing, and all of our other partners for sticking with us through our recent slump. This team can do it and we proved it here tonight."

This 3rd place finish puts Scott 13th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 2 points out of 12th and 1070 points from the lead.

Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Gateway International Raceway this weekend for the Missouri- Illinois Dodge Dealers 250.

-source: braun racing

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Drivers Brian Scott , Kyle Busch