AN 'UNCHARACTERISTIC' 26th PLACE FINISH FOR SCOTT AT NEW HAMPSHIRE Loudon, N.H. (June 26, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 26th in the New England 200 on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Never able to gain a grip on their tight-handling ...
AN 'UNCHARACTERISTIC' 26th PLACE FINISH FOR SCOTT AT NEW HAMPSHIRE
Loudon, N.H. (June 26, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 26th in the New England 200 on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Never able to gain a grip on their tight-handling Toyota, the No. 11 BigSpot.com team's struggles started in Friday's practice session.
As Scott took to the track in his BigSpot.com Camry, he immediately called on crew chief Billy Wilburn's assistance. Not able to get back to the throttle through the corner, the No. 11 Braun Racing crew threw a multitude of chassis adjustments at the tight-handling Camry. Qualifying for the New England 200 would prove to be just as frustrating.
On the green flag lap of his qualifying attempt, Scott knew right away something was amiss on his BigSpot.com Toyota. He radioed to the crew that the car was extremely tight from the center to corner exit. His lap resulted in a 27th place starting position.
When the green flag dropped for the start of the 200-lap event, Scott dissected the car's handling right away for Wilburn. Stating the tight condition had changed only slightly, Scott picked up one spot on the start to 26th. An early yellow flag was shown to the field on lap five, giving Wilburn the opportunity to make wholesale chassis adjustments on the No. 11 BigSpot.com Toyota. This also put Scott on a different fuel strategy as the BigSpot.com crew packed the car with fuel.
Restating on lap 10 in the 35th position, Scott went to work. 13 laps later, he radioed to his crew that the changes had only slightly helped and that he was still struggling with the car turning through the corner. As green-flag pit stops began on lap 82, Scott had moved his way up to the 23rd position just before pitting for four fresh tires, more extreme chassis adjustments and fuel. Making little progress, a yellow was shown on lap 90 giving another chance to make some adjustments.
Restarting in the 28th position, Scott kept making laps, giving the crew more feedback on the big changes they kept making. Lap 147 saw another yellow in which Scott brought the car to pit road. Major track bar and air pressure adjustments seemed to make a little difference once the race went back green. Gaining ever so slightly, Scott kept his head down toward the finish.
Scott and his crew kept working on the handling, making small gains. He would eventually pick up two spots and finish 26th.
"It was definitely an uncharacteristic day for us," Scott said after the race. "The BigSpot.com crew has given me such good cars all year long that I'm just perplexed as to what we had happen today. No matter what adjustments we made today, we couldn't get the car to respond. Billy has already told the guys that we will take it back to the shop and tear it apart to figure out what is wrong. I know these guys will investigate and find whatever it was to stop us from the speed we were searching for this weekend. We'll learn, improve and move onto Daytona."
This 26th place finish puts Scott 13th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 10 points out of 13th and 1038 points from the lead.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the Subway Jalapeno 250. The Friday evening race will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN starting at 7:30 p.m. EST. The green flag is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST.
-source: braun racing