SCOTT SCORES 13TH-PLACE FINISH AT THE GLEN WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 9, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 13th in the Zippo 200 on Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. This marks the second time the 22-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the...
SCOTT SCORES 13TH-PLACE FINISH AT THE GLEN
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 9, 2010) - Brian Scott finished 13th in the Zippo 200 on Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. This marks the second time the 22-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year points leader has finished 13th on a road course this season, with the first time being at Road America.
Never having seen Watkins Glen before, Scott prepared for his rookie voyage around the 2.45 mile road course by logging close to 200 laps on a simulator. The very technical track gave the Boise, ID native fits in practice as he attempted to master the new circuit.
Despite never having seen the track in person, Scott managed to qualify in the 25th position amongst the Cup-series regulars and road course specialists. Wasting no time, Scott quickly picked off three positions in the first three laps. By the time a yellow flag flew on lap 21, Scott found himself in the 23rd position. With no handling complaint from the driver, the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions crew gave Scott a solid pit stop with four tires and fuel during the caution.
As the race restarted with Scott in the 23rd position, a wreck began to develop at the exit of turn one. The No. 11 AccuDoc Solution team spotter, Jeremy Brickhouse, saw the imminent crash up ahead and called for Scott to stop immediately. As chaos happened all around, Scott slowed down to a crawl and picked his way through the 10 car pile-up. As the smoke cleared, the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Toyota came through without a scratch in the 10th position.
On the restart, Scott put together real smooth laps to maintain his top-10 run. As pit stops cycled back around again, Scott found himself in the 12th position with just 20 laps to go. Just then, brake fade began to plague the AccuDoc Solutions Camry. Scott slipped once in the bus-stop trying to slow down and relinquished the 12th spot to teammate Tayler Malsam. Scott hung on to finish 13th.
"I learned a lot out there today," Scott said after the race. "Our AccuDoc Solutions Toyota was better than me all day but it gave me a chance to improve and figure out how to get better. I learned so much by following some of the more experienced drivers. Making laps is everything for me on these road courses. I haven't done very much road racing, so every bit helps. I know we made it out of here with a solid finish and that'll be a good car to take to Montreal."
This 13th place finish puts Scott 12th 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 Michigan this weekend for the Carfax 250.
-source: braun racing