Xpress Motorsports Brian Scott heads into Phoenix, for Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 with high hopes of another great finish.
As a rookie last year, Scott ran a really impressive race, got as high as second, and was a factor most of the race before finishing fourth.
It was a breakout race for him, where his crew chief Jeff Hensley realized just how talented his new driver was and—used it along with Homestead as a spring board for 2010.
Scott sits sixth in the driver points standings, some 39 points out of the top five. Winning at Phoenix would be a sweet deal, enabling him to climb back into top five.
With the news that Scott is moving onto Braun Racing in the Nationwide next season, He'd like nothing better than to finish the season on a high note and build momentum for next season.
For Scott, he's always excelled on flat tracks—whether they are one of the mile tracks like Phoenix, New Hampshire, or Gateway; or like both Kentucky and Kansas, at one and a half mile tracks.
They fit his driving style, he's picked up some great finishes and has come close to winning a couple of them.
The important thing with PIR is track position. While you can pass, it is better to qualify up front, stay up front, and have good pit strategy.
Both fuel mileage and tire management come into play and you have to have the right game plan.
This is another track where crew chief Jeff Hensley has found success and it will help Scott come race time.
Scott will be racing chassis No. 134 at PIR, which picked up a third place finish at Milwaukee in its only appearance on the track in 2009.
I've picked Scott as one of my dark horses for Friday night, and it all will depend on just how good his truck is late in the race.
While I could see him break through to victory lane, he should have a solid top five and reclaim a top five position in the points.
It's definitely exciting to see him move onto the Nationwide with Braun Racing. It's a great fit for him, and it would be a sweet deal for him if Jeff Hensley and his Xpress crew moved up with him.
The cool thing about watching or following the Truck Series is, you get to see the young talent running in the series and watch them develop, grow, and move onto the next level.
It's extra special when it's a driver like Brian Scott. It's been a blast writing about him in trucks and time permitting I'll continue to writing about him in the Nationwide Series.
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