Brian Scott No. 11 Shore Lodge Toyota Scotts EZ Seed 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway
No. 11 Shore Lodge Team Notes of Interest
· Brian Scott will make his fourth career Bristol Motor Speedway start this weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Scotts EZ Seed 300 in Bristol, Tenn.
· In three previous starts at the half-mile track, Scott’s best finish is 15th place. Scott earned his best Bristol finish during the last Nationwide Series race to take place at Bristol – last August’s rain-shortened event.
· In addition to the three starts in the Nationwide Series, Scott has two Bristol starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Scott finished 19th in his first ever Bristol start in 2008 and followed that up one year later with a fifth-place run during the 2009 Truck Series race.
· Chassis #116 is the car Scott will race this weekend in Bristol. The car is a brand new chassis for Joe Gibbs Racing. The backup car for this weekend is Chassis #106 which is also new for 2011. Chassis #106 was used at the test Scott participated in at the Walt Disney World Speedway in January and it has been the backup car for the last two Nationwide Series events.
· The NASCAR Nationwide Series enjoyed an early off-weekend along with Sprint Cup Series teams last week. Scott took the time off to relax in Charleston, S.C.
· To access information on Brian Scott and No. 11 Team visit: www.joegibbsracing.com and follow twitter.com/bscottracing and twitter.com/joegibbsracing.
How do you feel heading to Bristol this weekend? “Racing at Bristol is like a knife fight in a phone booth. It’s a race that really gets you going. People always talk about the top speeds we do at places like Daytona and Talladega where we hit 200 mph. But 200 mph at those places feels nothing like the 150 mph or so that we hit at Bristol. Bristol is one of the most physically demanding race tracks we visit.”
How do you grade the 2011 season so far for the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Team? “If I had to give us a grade it would probably be an average grade. Obviously it hasn’t been what we wanted but it’s not as bad as it could have been. We’ve been fast for the most part everywhere. We just haven’t really produced the finishes that we want. The finishes haven’t been as bad as the potential they had of being at both Phoenix and Las Vegas.
“There is a certain level of this that was to be expected coming into the new season with a new driver, new crew chief, new car – basically a new everything. There are a lot of unknowns so you have to plan for a little bit of that but the team has done a great job. We are looking forward to lowering the numbers in our finish column and start plugging away at this season.”
How much pressure do you put on yourself? “There is pressure in any professional sport. It’s the nature of the beast. You can’t be a competitor for a living and not deal with pressure. I love it. The more, higher intense pressure situations the better I seem to do and the more fun I have. I love competition. I love pressure. I love for things to be put in my lap and it being up to me to go out there and get the job done.”
No. 11 Shore Lodge Team Primary Team Members: Crew Chief – Kevin Kidd Car Chief – Colan Ingle Engine Builder – Mark Cronquist
Lead Engineer – Kenneth Oates Engine Specialist – Dan Bajek Spotter – Tim Fedewa Over-The-Wall Crew Members: Jackman – David O’Dell Front Tire Changer – Nick Krizmanich Front Tire Carrier – Tom Dean Gas Man – Chris Webb Rear Tire Changer – Rocco Antonino Rear Tire Carrier – Ben Stege Other Crew Members: Truck Drivers – Charles Sampson Tire Specialist – Ryan Martin Shock Specialist – Scott Myers
Mechanic – Ben Chase Mechanic – Tony Hamm