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Top-10 Run at Iowa Speedway Cut Short For Scott

Brian Scott finished 30th in the U.S. Cellular  250 on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. After qualifying third, the AccuDoc Solutions Camry suffered a tire failure on lap 161 to cut his night short.   Scott laid down an impressive qualifying lap, only one thousandth from second-place and .047 seconds off the pole. The time was good enough for third-place, which matched Scott’s Nationwide Series career-best qualifying effort. With a prime starting spot, Scott went right to work at the drop of the green flag.   Dissecting the handling of his No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry, Scott quickly came over the radio to report a tight condition in the center of the corner. Also free on corner exit, Scott turned on the right rear tire blower to gain some more grip off the corner.   When the first yellow flag flew on lap 42, Scott brought the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Camry to pit road. Interim crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, called for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Trouble with the jack caused the team to lose seven spots on pit road, putting Scott 10th for the restart.   It took Scott only nine laps to work his way up to the sixth spot. Scott began searching around for more grip as multiple grooves began coming in. Another yellow flag came out on lap 93, slowing the field for another round of pit stops. Stankiewicz called for the same adjustments as the previous stop, only adding a half of round of wedge. Trouble on the right rear once again struck the No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions crew during the pit stop. Losing eight spots in the pits, Scott would restart 14th on lap 96.   Back under green, Scott went to work on the top-10. In just seven laps, the Boise, ID-native gained four spots to put him comfortably in the top-10. By lap 128, Scott sat seventh and was gaining on the leaders. Moving around the racetrack to find grip, Scott was working the track faster than any of the cars in front of him. With lap times a tenth of a second faster, he began working on sixth-place when trouble struck.   The No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions slammed the outside retaining wall just off turn three. Scott reported a tire went down and that the night was over. Scott would finish 30th.   “It’s a real shame that a tire went down,” Scott said after the race. “Our No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Toyota was really fast. I really feel like we were a top-three car all night. It just seems like that type of stuff always happens when you’re running good. All of the guys did a great job bringing a really good car to the racetrack this weekend. Everybody back at the Braun fab-shop and everyone on this No. 11 team have worked really hard. Our night is over here, but we’ll be ready for Watkins Glen next weekend.”   This 30th place finish puts Scott 12th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings, 49 points out of 11th and 1173 points from the lead.   Next Stop:  The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Watkins Glen this weekend for the Zippo 200. The Saturday afternoon race will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN starting at 1:30 p.m. EST.  The green flag is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EST.

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