USAR: Concord: Brian Scott race report

Brian Scott's Fast Track Career Nets First Top-10 Pro Cup Finish Pro Cup Rookie Earns Ninth-Place Finish At Concord In Just Third Series Start MOORESVILLE, NC (April 30, 2007) -- Ever since Brian Scott decided to move his racing career from dirt...

Brian Scott's Fast Track Career Nets First Top-10 Pro Cup Finish
Pro Cup Rookie Earns Ninth-Place Finish At Concord In Just Third Series Start

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 30, 2007) -- Ever since Brian Scott decided to move his racing career from dirt to asphalt and from Idaho to North Carolina, his life have been on the fast track. In just over a year's time, Scott has moved from his first Super Late Model races to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, one of the most competitive short track series in the entire country.

But Scott has held his own the whole way along. After a few trials early in the Super Late Models, Scott has become a constant threat anytime he gets behind the wheel. Now, just three races into his Pro Cup career, Scott is showing that his transition to the bigger Pro Cup cars is coming along just as well. Scott ran as high as third and finished ninth on Saturday night in the Naturally Fresh Foods 250 at Concord Motorsport Park.

"I think we accomplished our primary goal and then some tonight," said the 19-year-old Scott, a native of Idaho but a current Mooresville, North Carolina resident. "We just wanted to get through 250 laps. We were lucky to get through 250 laps, stay on the lead lap and finish in the top-10."

Scott's early 2007 season has been a struggle. He finished 26th and 25th in his first two Pro Cup races, falling victim of mechanical problems in each. The team tried to get back on track by running their Super Late Model in the PASS South opener at Hickory Motor Speedway, but fell out of that event while running in the top-five with mechanical problems as well.

"I think our whole team feels like a great weight is lifted off our shoulders," added Scott. "We were really down. We were down from our two Hooters races. Then we went to that Super Late Model race and everything was going good, but then we had another problem and it just beat us down even further. So we came in here with high hopes, but our heads low. We came in on a downward spiral, but we got our spirits lifted quickly after this finish. Everything went good for us tonight, for a change. That is what we needed and what we wanted."

Scott had a little extra help during the weekend with crew chief Freddie Query. Query is a multi-time champion and the all-time leader in wins at the Concord track, most coming in Super Late Models. Scott used that added knowledge to practice as high as third during the afternoon and qualify eighth.

During the race, Scott ran as high as third before a little trouble on pit road cost the team some much needed track position.

"I can't get upset at anything or anyone but myself. We had a top-three car, came in on the pit stop in third. I came into my stall and I knew it was going to be tight and the car in front of me had just come in, so I turned my wheels all the way to the right to get an easier exit. That problem was that the guys couldn't get the tires off the car because the tires were turned all the way to the right. We ended up coming out about last of the lead lap cars. So from there, it was just fight for what you could get, and we got up to the top-10 and were able to finish strong.

"There was some rubbing and racing there coming back through the field. The horrible thing was coming off of three. There were a couple of times cars were outside of me. The spotters are off in turn one and that was a complete blind spot for my spotter. I didn't know a car was up there until it was too late. There were a couple of times where I rubbed a car that was on the outside of me. It wasn't that I was being young and stubborn or inexperienced. I just honestly didn't know they were there. I want everyone to know that I belong racing out there with them.

The top-10 moved Scott from 29th to 22nd in points. The top-30 drivers in each division will run for the overall Pro Cup Series title at the end of the season.

Scott will have some time off before hitting the track next. He'll compete with his Super Late Model in the Blizzard Series event on May 25th at Five Flags Speedway (FL).

-credit: www.brianscottracing.com

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