Scott: 'We've got to get more aggressive'
May 26, 2014, Zack Albert, NASCAR.com
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Brian Scott's gradual gains this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series have moved him from the fringes of top-10 finishes in the early part of the season to a regular finisher in the top 10. The next challenge: Moving from the back half of the top 10 to the front.
Scott took a step toward that goal last weekend with a fifth-place effort at Charlotte Motor Speedway, notching just his second top-five of the season. A crash-related DNF at Talladega Superspeedway aside, Scott has collected finishes of fifth, sixth and fifth over the last four races heading to Saturday's Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway.
To carry the momentum and make the next step toward becoming a top-five regular, Scott said his team will strive to make performance strides on restarts. Unfortunate circumstance and unfavorable lanes on restarts hindered the Richard Childress Racing driver at Charlotte, leaving Scott and Co. in search of more speed at the drop of the green.
"I feel like we've got to get more aggressive," Scott said Saturday. "... Iowa, we were really good on the long run. Still, it was tough to really make hay on restarts in the same way today. A lot of it was just I felt unlucky -- when I was on the bottom line, the top line went; when I was on the top line, the bottom line went, so that didn't really play out to our favor.
"We've got good long-run speed and our cars have a lot of speed. We just need to figure out how we can get that track position during restarts because that's the only thing we're missing."
Scott's No. 2 Chevrolet was first in class among Nationwide regulars last Saturday, a feat that crew chief Phil Gould in part attributed to new equipment coming out of Childress' Welcome, North Carolina, shop. While the top-five helped Scott remain in sixth place in the Nationwide standings, picking up four points on the lead, the bigger building block from the weekend may have been the progress the team made with its intermediate track program.
"They built us three brand-new cars to come down here, the best that we could build and definitely was a huge gain on these mile-and-a-halfs," Gould said. "We've just to keep doing what we're doing. Me and Brian are communicating really well. We've got to execute and just keep this momentum going."
Scott hopes to keep moving upward Saturday at the 'Monster Mile,' where he has a history of success. Though he has just one top-five finish in eight Nationwide appearances there, he scored his first national series victory on the concrete track with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in May 2009.
Though he finished 14th and 11th in Nationwide events at Dover last season, Scott remains encouraged as the schedule makes the warm turn toward summer.
"I like Dover a lot," Scott said. "It'll be a good place to go and just try to keep improving our positions."