Richard Childress Racing
Scott Seeks Bristol Breakthrough
August 21, 2014
Brian Scott will continue his quest to win his first career Nationwide Series race in Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The Richard Childress Racing driver enters the weekend fifth in the series standings after a third-place finish last Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The top-five run didn’t come easy, by any means. Scott was leading the race until an encounter with another car knocked him off track, which kicked grass up onto his grille. The engine began to overheat, so Scott was forced to duck into the pits for service.
He then put on a furious drive to get back to the front and when the checkered flag flew, there was Scott in third place.
It wasn’t the first time he's had what appeared to be the car to beat, only to have challenges keep him from Victory Lane. But he’s hoping things will change this week at Bristol, where he knows the challenge is great.
"Yeah, there isn't much of a straightaway to catch your breath," Scott explained. "That seems to make Bristol more challenging. You're on the straightaways for a second and the corners for a couple seconds. It doesn't give your body much of a break. You're constantly entering and exiting corners."
In terms of a preferred line around Bristol, Scott says he’s forced to run as high as he can get up to the wall.
"You've got to go to the top to keep momentum up," Scott said. "It's frustrating when you're faster than somebody, you're trying to make it stick on the bottom and get the runs that you need to pass. The top is where you want to be at Bristol."
Scott will make his 11th career Nationwide Series start in "Thunder Valley" on Friday night and has had some success, including three top-10 finishes. He’s also made three Camping World Truck Series starts at the Tennessee half-mile.
Friday night’s race will also present a change in conditions from when the series made its first 2014 visit to Bristol back in March, when the race was run in daylight and Scott finished 14th.
"The grip level changes. It seems like the groove changes a little bit, too," Scott said. "Tire wear is different. Everywhere we've been this year, that was probably our worst performance. I felt like we weren't where we needed to be. So this weekend, we'll be trying new things."
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