St. Louis: Brian Scott race report

MOMENTUM CARRIES SCOTT TO SECOND STRAIGHT TOP-10 AT GATEWAY MADISON, Ill. (July 17, 2010) - Brian Scott finished sixth in the Missouri- Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 on Saturday at Gateway International Raceway. Coming off of his career-best third...

MOMENTUM CARRIES SCOTT TO SECOND STRAIGHT TOP-10 AT GATEWAY

MADISON, Ill. (July 17, 2010) - Brian Scott finished sixth in the Missouri- Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 on Saturday at Gateway International Raceway. Coming off of his career-best third place finish at Chicagoland a week earlier, the 22-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year points leader picked up four spots in the final two laps to score his sixth top-10 this season.

Qualifying 6th, Scott put the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry in prime position to start the night's 200-lap event. Scott knew track position would be key and reminded the crew to focus hard on pit stops and strategy to keep them up front.

Scott quickly settled into ninth at the start, getting a good feel for the car and planning adjustments with interim crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz. Scott waited 20 laps before his first radio transmission, praising his AccuDoc Camry for its handling and power.

A yellow flag on lap 44 gave Stankiewicz and the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions team the first shot at adjustments. Scott reported he needed a bit more front grip, but was otherwise happy with the car. Four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment later, the AccuDoc Solutions pit crew picked Scott up two spots on pit road.

Restarting eighth, Scott settled in and set the cruise control. Clicking off the laps, Scott worked on finding some speed by trying some different lines over the next 60 laps.

Green flag pit stops began on lap 110 with Scott staying out until lap 113. This time, Scott asked Stankiewicz for some right side grip. After getting four tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment, Scott went back out seventh after pit stops cycled through.

A yellow flag flew on lap on lap 141 for debris, putting the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry just inside its fuel window. Four tires, fuel and more air pressure adjustments gave Scott a Camry his final set up for the end.

Restarting 10th due to some teams taking two tires over four, Scott went back to work. With 54 laps to go, Scott went to work fending off some hard charges to stay in the top-10.

Settling into the ninth position, Scott clicked off laps waiting for the checkers. Just then, a yellow flag flew with just 20 laps to go. In the middle of the lead lap cars, a decision to stay out was made for the reason of track position. Scott would restart fifth on 30-lap tires with a hard charging pack of fresh tires behind him.

At the drop of the green flag, Scott defended nicely on the restart. Slipping back to ninth, Scott hustled the No. 11 Accudoc Solutions Camry against pressure of fresh tires on cars behind him. A yellow flag flew with just six laps left, setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

With tensions higher than the scorching hot temperatures, Scott prepared for a battle. The green flag dropped and the chaos began. Three-wide, inside, outside, Scott fought for positions. With one lap to go, Scott picked up two spots for eighth. Side-by-side for seventh, Scott dropped low into turn three. Off of turn four, the leaders made contact, sending cars spinning everywhere. Scott kept his foot firmly on the gas and sped through the wreck crossing the line in the sixth position.

"Solid night for the Braun Racing AccuDoc Solutions team," Scott said after the race. "We had a top-10 car all night. I think that if we could have gotten a little more side bite we could have a shot at the top-five or top-three. It was a good night all around. The crew did a great job today. We had solid pit stops and never gave up any positions on pit road. It got crazy there at the end and I'm happy we could get through and score another top-10."

This 6th place finish puts Scott 12th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 1 point out of 11th and 1051 points from the lead.

Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to O' Reilly Raceway Park this weekend for the Kroger 200.

-source: braun racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brian Scott