DARLINGTON RACEWAY LIVES UP TO ITS REUPTATION FOR SCOTT AND THE NO. 11 TEAM DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 10, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 25th in the Royal Purple 200 on Friday night at Darlington Raceway. However, the result does not show the effort,...
DARLINGTON RACEWAY LIVES UP TO ITS REUPTATION FOR SCOTT AND THE NO. 11 TEAM
DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 10, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 25th in the Royal Purple 200 on Friday night at Darlington Raceway. However, the result does not show the effort, as the 22-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate fought his way all the way to 11th-place after starting from the back of the pack.
The day began with a qualifying incident that forced the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry to start at the rear of the field for the evening's race. After posting the 13th fastest time on his first qualifying lap, Scott lost grip coming through turn four on his second lap and brushed the wall with the right rear corner of the No. 11 Toyota Camry. Crew members from all four of Braun Racing's teams came to the aid of the No. 11 team to repair the damage and prepare the car for the race only two hours later. Due to unapproved adjustments of body damage repair, NASCAR forced the team to start from the back.
Dropping to the rear of the starting grid before the green flag, Scott methodically made an assault on the field. 10 laps in, he had already moved into 28th position. When a yellow flag flew on lap 26, crew chief Billy Wilburn called for two tires and an air pressure adjustment. The pit call resulted in a 16th-place restart and a racecar that Scott described as "pretty quick".
Scott grabbed 15th place on lap 41 and held on to that spot as the laps clicked off. During a break in the action on lap 84, Scott told the crew that he lacked some sideforce due to the right rear body damage, but overall was confident in the car. "I'm just racing the racetrack right now guys. This place will bite you and I'm doing my best to just keep the fenders on it," said Scott.
A myriad of yellow flags flew as Scott negotiated the accidents well. When a caution came out on lap 121, with just 26 laps to go, Scott came down pit road for presumably the last stop of the day. Wilburn called for two tires and some wedge, arming Scott with some fresh rubber for the last little run of the night. Restarting in 11th, Scott began his fight to climb inside the top-10. Just then, the rear end of the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry swung out and tagged the wall with the right rear corner. As the yellow was displayed to slow the field, Scott brought his Camry down pit road for repairs.
The AccuDoc Solutions crew went to work repairing the wounded No. 11 Camry the best they could, putting Scott back out into the fray in the 14th spot with five laps to go. The track 'Too Tough To Tame' would have other plans however, and Scott complained of a tire going down with just four laps to go. Forced to come in and change tires, Scott would end the night by finishing 25th.
"We had a tough day," Scott said following the race. "Today was indicative of how resilient this Braun Racing AccuDoc Solutions team is. I put us in a bad position in qualifying but all of Braun Racing battled back and put the car back together. The race was tough. This place is a hard place to get around and put together a good finish but we had really fought our way to a decent spot. Things really looked optimistic for a while before the end. Hopefully we can bounce back on our way to a place I've had some success, Dover, and keep putting together some decent finishes."
This 25th-place finish puts Scott 12th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 4 points out of 11th and 572 points from the lead.
Scott also leads Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings by seven points.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Dover next week for the Helluva Good! 200.
-source: braun racing