TOP-10 RUN TARNISHED FOR SCOTT AND THE STOPREPAIRBILLS.COM TEAM AT LAS VEGAS Las Vegas, Nev. (February 27, 2010) - Brian Scott ran in the top-10 for much of the Sam's Town 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday. Unfortunately, the end...
TOP-10 RUN TARNISHED FOR SCOTT AND THE STOPREPAIRBILLS.COM TEAM AT LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas, Nev. (February 27, 2010) - Brian Scott ran in the top-10 for much of the Sam's Town 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday. Unfortunately, the end result didn't show the effort as the StopRepairBills.com team finished 31st after a late-race accident cut their day short
Scott started the day by qualifying the StopRepairBills.com Toyota an impressive eighth fastest.
"The StopRepairBills.com guys gave me an excellent car for qualifying. It's kind of disappointing to be forced into conservative mode to make sure we're in the show. I feel like our first lap would have been faster had we just gone for it. The car was a lot more neutral the first lap when it got tight as I held it wide open on the second lap. We are sitting good. A top-10 qualifying spot in the Nationwide Series is always good and I think we'll have a good car for the race," said Scott.
After starting the StopRepairBills.com Toyota from the eighth position, Scott quickly moved into the sixth position by lap five when a caution slowed the field. Right away, Scott diagnosed a tight racecar and crew chief, Billy Wilburn, planned adjustments on the next stop. By the time green-flag pit stops came around on lap 54, Scott was hanging on to the seventh position, despite the tight condition of his racecar. Coming to the attention of the StopRepairBills.com crew, Scott returned to the racetrack with four tires, fuel and air pressure.
By the time pit stops had cycled through, Scott was sitting in the sixth position. Making laps, he continued to fight a tight handling condition. A yellow flag was shown to the field on lap 84, giving Billy Wilburn another chance to work on Scott's racecar. Four fresh tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment had Scott restarting seventh. When the green came out, Scott starting sliding backwards as the changes did not correct the tight racecar.
By the time a yellow flag flew on lap 117, Scott was 13th in the running order. Going back to square one, Wilburn called for baseline air pressures and slight chassis adjustment during the next pit stop. A lugnut falling off the left front tire caused the StopRepairBills.com crew a slow pit stop that resulted in a 17th place restart on lap 122. Rounding up his confidence and calmly rallying the troops, Scott began an assault on the top-10.
One by one, Scott picked off racecars as he drove to the front of the field. By lap 135, Scott had picked up five positions, showing 11th in the running order. Knocking on the door to the top-10, Scott made an aggressive three-wide pass for the ninth-place on lap 136. A man on a mission, Scott set his sights on the eighth spot.
After cutting the deficit from a straightaway back, Scott began a cat and mouse game of racecars as he battled side by side for eighth place on lap 143. For three laps, Scott worked the inside lane to give the StopRepairBills.com Toyota the advantage. Just as it appeared he had cleared for the eighth spot, Scott's No.11 machine jumped sideways with a shower of sparks and spun on lap 146. His day finished, Scott brought the badly damaged No.11 car behind the wall to finish 31st.
"I think it was obvious we were having a good day. Our StopRepairBills.com Toyota was really fast. The only hiccup all day was a bad pit stop, and we were overcoming it and back in the top-10. We just got caught up in a racing incident. It was my fault for putting myself in that position. When running side-by-side like that, there isn't any downforce on the inside car and we went around. I don't normally expect people to race me that hard with that many laps still to go; however, I put us down there and I was behind the wheel so I apologize. We were fast and I hate that a fast racecar got torn up now. Especially for the No. 11 Braun Racing guys that have worked so hard since January just to get things ready for the beginning of the season. I hate they have to go back to the shop and fix a fast, tore up racecar," said Scott.
The 31st place finish puts Scott 17th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, only one point out of 16th and 195 points from the lead.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway in two weeks.
-source: braun racing