SCOTT BATTLES FOR 16TH IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN AVONDALE, Ariz. (April 12, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 16th in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 on Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. The battle began early as the long day, consisting of ...
SCOTT BATTLES FOR 16TH IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN
AVONDALE, Ariz. (April 12, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 16th in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 on Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. The battle began early as the long day, consisting of practice, qualifying and the race, started with some setbacks.
"When practice started, we had a water pump go bad which caused us to lose a large majority of practice," said Scott. "Without those valuable laps in practice, it was really hard to gauge where we were at in terms of speed and handling. We were really behind the gun. Everybody on the BigSpot.com team rallied back and put forth a really great effort in getting it fixed and getting me out for a little bit of practice."
Qualifying 17th, Scott fell in line on the start in the 20th position. Scott began discussing changes to the BigSpot.com Toyota right off the bat. While the Camry was a little free, Scott wanted to maintain the forward bite off the corner. A yellow flag flew at lap 17 and crew chief, Billy Wilburn, wasted no time bringing Scott down pit road for changes. A spring rubber out of the right rear, four tires, fuel and some tape off the nose were all the changes necessary to send Scott back out in the 30th spot.
Scott went to work on the restart, picking off a few cars before the yellow flag flew once again on lap 32. With the leaders pitting and service work already done to the No. 11 BigSpot.com Toyota, Scott stayed out and restarted from the seventh position. Scott then battled to remain in the top-10 for the next 40 laps. Another pit stop at lap 74 had another round of changes for the No. 11 BigSpot.com Camry and a gain of three positions in the pits to restart 13th. Battling hard with spots 14th, 15th and 16th for the next 40 laps, Scott wanted more overall grip in the car. A yellow flag at lap 129 had the field reset with Scott restarting just outside the top-10 in 12th.
Just as the green flag flew for the restart, the lead cars began to slow causing an accordion effect throughout the field. Scott, in 12th, jumped on the brakes just in time to avoid another car slowing quickly in front of him. The car behind Scott was not so lucky. The No. 11 BigSpot.com Camry received a heavy blow to the back bumper forcing the hood to become damaged after contact with the car in front. A red flag was shown to the field as the accident involved 10 cars, including teammates Casey Mears and Jason Leffler.
The No. 11 BigSpot.com crew began assessing the damage and assembling pieces to repair the car right away. As the red flag was lifted and the yellow displayed, crew chief, Billy Wilburn, took charge and began barking orders to repair the damaged nose, hood and rear quarter panel of the No. 11 Toyota. Scott restarted the race in the 17th position with much of his Camry's downforce lost due to the damage. Carefully picking his way through traffic and accidents, Scott brought the damaged BigSpot.com Toyota home in the 16th place.
"The BigSpot.com team worked really hard today and we were rewarded with good handling and a shot at the top-10," said Scott. "Unfortunately, a late-race restart incident severely hurt the handling of our Toyota and we were stuck in the 15-18th range. We fought hard to keep ourselves on the lead lap and in contention for a top-10 but we ran out of laps there and finished 16th. It was a solid points day, but I'm looking forward to putting today behind us and moving on to Texas."
This 16th-place finish moves Scott up to 12th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 32 points out of 13th and 355 points from the lead. Scott also maintains a one point lead in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Texas next week for the O' Reilly 300.
-source: braun racing