Michigan: Brian Scott race report

SECOND STRAIGHT TOP-15 FINISH FOR SCOTT AT MICHIGAN BROOKLYN, M.I. (August 14, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 15th in the Carfax 250 on Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. Paired with last week's 13th-place finish at Watkins...

SECOND STRAIGHT TOP-15 FINISH FOR SCOTT AT MICHIGAN

BROOKLYN, M.I. (August 14, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 15th in the Carfax 250 on Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. Paired with last week's 13th-place finish at Watkins Glen, this 15th-place finish gives Scott four top-15 runs in the past six races.

Rolling out on the grid for the second of five Nationwide Series "new car" events in 2010, Scott and his No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry started an impressive 12th. At the drop of the green flag, things got dicey. Cars dove three and four-wide all around Scott making aggressive moves to get valuable track position. Fighting for every spot, Scott settled into 18th on lap nine.

Scott started reporting a major tight condition on the No. 11 Camry by lap 18. Losing front grip every lap, Scott was unable to tell if he could make a chassis adjustment or if the tight condition was the effect of an aero tendency. By the time pit stops began on lap 36, Scott asked for more front grip. Four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment was called and a lightning-quick pit stop gained Scott four positions to 14th-place.

The first yellow flag flew on lap 61, giving Scott a chance to come down pit road once again. Calling for a bigger swing on adjustments, crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz called for an aggressive air pressure adjustment with four tires and fuel. Scott returned to the track in the 14th position.

Restarting on lap 67, Scott went to work. For the first time all weekend, the car was finally free. Running faster laps than before, Scott was the knife edge of control. Examining the new car's habits, the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions team realized the measure of their adjustments. Slipping two spots to 16th, Scott began thinking of strategy. Stankiewicz brought Scott down pit road to pit early, hoping to gain track position on the rest of the field as they would have to pit later if the race went green to the end.

Lap 91 saw the No.11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry come down pit road for its last scheduled stop. Four tires, fuel, air pressure and a track bar adjustment later, Scott returned to the track in the 16th spot. 19 laps later, a yellow flag flew negating the strategy and giving Scott another opportunity to gain positions. Restarting in 16th, Scott went to work, passing three cars to the 13th spot. As the laps wound down, Scott quickly found his Camry's handling went to the tight side and couldn't pass. Scott slipped two spots at the end to finish 15th.

"We really learned a lot about the Nationwide Series "new car" today," Scott said after the race. "Our goal was to come here and improve our new car program and I think we made great strides. A top-15 run is good for points and shows that we have legitimate shots at top-10's week in and week out. We will continue to improve on the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry and be ready for the next new car race in Richmond."

This 15th place finish puts Scott 13th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 31 points out of 11th and 1209 points from the lead.

Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Bristol this weekend for the Food City 250.

-source: braun racing

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