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April 25, 2014

Scott Hopes to Keep Momentum at RIR Going

In NASCAR perfection is more rare, if ever achieved. Last September in the Virginia College Savings 250, Brian Scott and his No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing came very close to perfection.

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Perfect games in baseball are a rare commodity, with only 23 in the history of Major League Baseball.

In NASCAR perfection is more rare, if ever achieved. Last September in the Virginia College Savings 250, Brian Scott and his No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing came very close to perfection.

Scott led the first 239 laps of the race. It was only after the field bunched up after a caution that eventual race winner Brad Keselowski was able to get past Scott and lead the final 11 laps.

Scott finished second.

“It’s definitely a race that our team is really excited about,” Scott said at Peak Experiences Indoor Climbing Center.

“To be so close to getting the Shore Lodge Camaro in victory lane and know that we are going back to a track where we had so much success last year gets everyone excited.”

Scott’s performance in September statistically was his best at RIR. The pole, 239 laps led and a second-place finish were career bests and cleansed the palate from last spring, when he and Nelson Piquet Jr. got into an exchange on pit road that resulted in Piquet kicking Scott below the belt.

Before last fall’s race, Scott’s best start was third in the spring of 2011.

His best finish was 14th in the spring of 2012 and he hadn’t led a single lap.

“It gives us confidence to know that we can go in there and dominate this race,” he said.

A dominant race tonight in the ToyotaCare 250 would be timed perfectly, according to Scott.

“It could be a jumping off point for our year,” he said. “If we can go out and have similar success that we did last fall, possibly get a win, it would give us a ton of momentum going forward the rest of the year.”

While he is sixth in the Nationwide Series points standings, 46 behind leader Chase Elliott, he has one top-10 finish this season at Las Vegas.

The rest of his results have been 11th twice, 12th twice, 14th at Bristol and 17th at Daytona, despite qualifying in the top 10 all but twice this season, including three times in the top five.

“I’d say we’ve been mediocre,” Scott said. “We’ve been qualifying well and had a lot of speed. We’ve run toward the front, but the problem we’ve had is that we aren’t getting the finishes that are indicative of where we are running.

“We’ve been running around the top 5 and then finishing 10th.

“We keep having something happen in the races that make us fall back or not have the finish that we want and that’s frustrating.”

That frustration could come to an end at a track where, last year, he came up just 11 laps short of his first Nationwide victory.

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