SCOTT FIGHTS FOR A 15th IN TEXAS Fort Worth, Texas. (April 20, 2010) - Brian Scott fought to finish 15th in the O'Reilly 300 on Monday at Texas Motor Speedway . That fight began in practice as the No. 11 Dollar General Toyota scraped the wall ...
SCOTT FIGHTS FOR A 15th IN TEXAS
Fort Worth, Texas. (April 20, 2010) - Brian Scott fought to finish 15th in the O'Reilly 300 on Monday at Texas Motor Speedway . That fight began in practice as the No. 11 Dollar General Toyota scraped the wall after a left front tire went down.
"I went into turn one and waved to the car behind me by because I knew we had a problem," said Scott. "Once I loaded the car into the corner, it just skipped up the track and we barely brushed the wall. The No. 11 Dollar General crew did a great job fixing the body work and making sure we were set for qualifying. Even though we qualified 10th, I think we were even faster than that."
Starting 10th, Scott began complaining of a severe tight from center of the corner to off the corner early on. A competition yellow flew at lap 25, giving crew chief Billy Wilburn and the No. 11 Dollar General team a chance to fire four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment at the No. 11 Toyota. Restarting 18th on lap 31, Scott fell four more spots fighting the same condition. Around lap 38, a vibration developed which Scott expertly diagnosed with help from Wilburn over the radio. With speculation pinpointing the vibration to drive train, the No. 11 Dollar General team was sent scrambling for an extra driveshaft on standby.
Fighting the tight-handling No. 11 Dollar General Toyota, Scott did a masterful job of remaining on the lead lap. A series of green-flag pit stops came around lap 135. Running in the 20th position, Scott wanted to loosen the No. 11 Toyota up if they had any change at a decent finish. Wilburn commanded four fresh sticker tires, fuel, and a trackbar adjustment, all under green-flag conditions. As pit stops cycled through, Scott settled into the 17th position on lap 149.
"Now we've got a car," said Scott over the radio.
Battling to remain on the lead lap, Scott began clicking off lap times faster than the leaders. Running down the race lead, the yellow flag flew on lap 166, giving Scott the chance to finish on the lead lap. After the restart on lap 173, Scott held off charges for the remaining 27 laps to finish 15th.
"What a weekend," Scott said following the race. "Not only have we been here in Texas for a long time, but the drama really began early with that left front tire going down in practice. We really showed how fast our car was sitting atop the practice sheets and then again in the race when we were running faster than the leaders. Unfortunately, the fastest car doesn't always win. We just battled all race long. We'll take this Dollar General Toyota back to the shop and figure out what that vibration was and focus our efforts on plate racing at Talladega."
This 15th place finish puts Scott 13th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 1 point out of 12th and 417 points from the lead.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Talladega next week for the Aarons 312.
-source: braun racing