Reunited and it “Shore” Feels Good
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 29, 2012) – Brian Scott will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start since 2009 driving the No. 18 Shore Lodge Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The first of five Truck Series starts scheduled with KBM this season will be a reunion in many ways for Scott. The 24-year-old returns to the site of his first NASCAR win, reunited with his home-state sponsor and will be driving for the team that began with the purchase of his family-owned Xpress Motorsports.
Scott scored his first NASCAR victory on May 30, 2009 in the AAA Insurance 200 Truck Series race at the “Monster Mile.” Driving for his family-owned team, Xpress Motorsports, the then 19-year old led the final 14 laps en route to an emotional victory.
After completing a successful 2009 season in the Truck Series and a limited Nationwide Series schedule, Scott signed with Braun Racing to run the full Nationwide Series schedule in 2010. For the 2011 season the Idaho native signed with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), where he produced two top-five and seven-top-10 finishes for his home-state sponsor Shore Lodge. This season, he returned to drive Nationwide Series Camrys for JGR with backing from Dollar General, who will also be onboard for three of his Truck Series starts at KBM.
At the end of the 2009 season, while Scott was transitioning from the Truck Series to the Nationwide Series, Kyle Busch was finalizing plans for his new Truck Series team, KBM. In need of an inventory of trucks to supplement those that would be built in-house for KBM’s inaugural campaign, Busch purchased the assets of the Scott’s family-owned team, including the Tundra that Scott will drive this weekend, chassis 128.
Chassis 128 is the “sister truck” of the Tundra that Scott won with at Dover in 2009, chassis 127. Following the success of its “sister”, KBM-128 – which also was the Toyota that Busch drove to victory in the first leg of his historic trifecta at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in 2010 – has been the dominant truck in the last two Truck Series races at Dover, each with its owner behind the wheel. The Las Vegas native dominated the 2010 race, leading a race-high 172 laps, but was unable to bring home the trophy after experiencing a fuel-pump issue while leading during the green-white-checkered finish. The No. 18 team redeemed itself in last year’s race on the concrete oval, leading 128 laps en route to victory.
Both Scott and the No. 18 Tundra team have experienced the thrill of victory at Dover. Working together this weekend to deliver Scott’s home-state sponsor its first trip to Victory Lane would “shore” feel good.
Brian Scott, Driver of the No. 18 NCWTS Shore Lodge Tundra:
Have you set any goals for the five races you will be racing the No. 18 Tundra?
“I’m looking forward to running up front. I definitely feel like we’ll run in the top five and should contend for victories because these five races are all at tracks that I’m very good at. I’m really proud to have Dollar General and Shore Lodge onboard — hope to give them a good ride and get them both in Victory Lane.”
Your first NASCAR win came in the Truck Series at Dover in 2009; can you reflect on that day?
“The last time I was at Dover in the trucks, I actually visited Victory Lane. That was a really special day and a special memory. For my first race back in a truck to come at Dover, I think it will be a lot of fun and it will definitely be nostalgic for me. I know that the equipment will be good — they’ve been good there the last couple years — so we’ll try to get that Shore Lodge No. 18 into Victory Lane and celebrate another victory.”
How ironic is it that the truck you will be driving this weekend used to be one raced by your family-owned team?
“In life, things come full circle and it’s great that I’ll be able to actually come back into our equipment that we started as a family-owned team over at Xpress Motorsports — even though it’s been updated and changed quite a bit here at KBM. I know that all the guys here at KBM have made the equipment better and I’m looking forward to getting in it at Dover. It will be a great opportunity to work with Eric Phillips and all the guys on this team.”
Eric Phillips, Crew Chief of the No. 18 NCWTS Shore Lodge Tundra:
You’ve had a really fast Tundra at Dover the last two years. Have you figured something out there?
“We did the tire test up there a couple years ago and learned a few things that really seem to allow the truck to maintain speed throughout a run. We tried to figure out a way to manage the right-front tire there because you are really hard on it getting into the corner. So, you have to figure out a way to manage your front tires to keep the truck turning the whole run.”
The concrete surface is known for staying consistent throughout a race. Does it remain that way from year-to-year?
“The tire that Goodyear brings changes that a little bit. I know that we have a new left-side tire this time, so we’ll have a little bit of a question mark going in. While the concrete remains consistent throughout the race, it changes from the time we practice to the time we race because we are the first ones on the track and there isn’t any rubber down when we practice. The track rubbers in after the Nationwide and Cup practices, so you have to keep that in the back of your mind and adjust for it when it comes time for the race.”
Brian Scott’s No. 18 Shore Lodge Tundra:
KBM Chassis No. 128: KBM-128 will see its first action of the 2012 season in Friday’s 200-lap race. The Tundra has made six career starts, including two at Dover International Speedway. The last time No. 128 took to the “Monster Mile,” Kyle Busch led 128 laps en route to victory in the Lucas Oil 200 last May. In 2010 at Dover, Busch dominated the race – leading 172 of 204 laps – before experiencing a fuel-pump issue while leading during the green-white-checkered finish. He was unable to finish the race and ended up finishing 16th.
Notes of Interest:
Brian Scott @ Dover International Speedway:
- Led the final 14 laps of the 2009 NCWTS AAA Insurance 200 en route to his first NASCAR victory (5/30/09)
- Has finished 13th or better in three of his four NNS starts
Brian Scott Dover NCWTS Performance Profile:
Brian Scott 2012:
- Currently resides 13th in the NNS driver point standings
- Has posted two top-10s in 11 starts, including a season-best fourth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway (3/4/12)
Brian Scott Camping World Truck Series Career:
- In 57 career starts has collected one win (Dover ‘09), nine top-five and 20 top-10 finishes
- Finished seventh in the final 2009 NCWTS driver point standings after registering seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes
Brian Scott NASCAR Career:
- In 87 career NNS starts has registered one pole, four top-five and 14 top-10 finishes
- Awarded the Featherlite Most Improved Driver after finishing eighth in the final 2011 NNS driver point standings
- Captured his first career NNS pole at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway in September of 2011 and went on to post a NNS career-best third-place finish in the race
- 2010 NNS Rookie of the Year runner-up
- 2008 NCWTS Rookie of the Year runner-up
Kyle Busch Motorsports and the No. 18 Toyota Tundra:
- Defending winners of the Lucas Oil 200 – owner-driver Kyle Busch led 128 of 200 laps en route to victory
- In the team’s last race, Jason Leffler qualified fifth and finished fourth in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway
- After five races, resides 20th in the 2012 NCWTS owner’s point standings
- In 2011, ranked first in Truck Series wins (8) and second in Owner’s Points (920), Laps Led (878), Fastest Laps Run (448) and Top-Five Finishes (16)
- Three different drivers won a race in the No. 18 Tundra in 2011 – Kyle Busch (series-leading 6), Kasey Kahne (1) and Denny Hamlin (1)
- Since debuting in the Truck Series in 2010, the team has compiled 16 wins and 34 top-five finishes over 55 starts
- In 2010 became first team since the NCWTS originated in 1995 to win the Owner’s Championship in its inaugural season
Shore Lodge Reunited with Scott
Shore Lodge – the premiere resort in Central Idaho and a quintessential mountain retreat located on the southern shores of the stunningly beautiful Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho – will adorn the hood of Kyle Busch Motorsports’ flagship truck for the second of five races this season. The historic lodge, who debuted as a KBM sponsor with Jason Leffler at Kansas Speedway in April, was the primary sponsor of its home-state driver Brian Scott’s Joe Gibbs Racing entry in the Nationwide Series for the 2011 season.
All Metal Fabricators Onboard KBM Entries for Home-State Race:
All Metal Fabricators (AMF) – an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of fabricated weldments, sheet metal assemblies, specialized machinery, close tolerance assemblies, power conveyors, and general fabrications – will serve as an associate sponsor on Brian Scott’s No. 18 Shore Lodge Tundra for Friday’s Lucas Oil 200. The Delaware-based company will also be an associate sponsor on Kurt Busch’s No. 54 Monster Energy Camry for Saturday’s Nationwide Series race.
The Phillips File:
Crew chief Eric Phillips has registered one win, one pole and two top-10 finishes in seven races calling the shots in Truck Series races at Dover. The Illinois native’s drivers have combined to lead 305 laps at “The Monster Mile.” With his next win, Phillips will move into a tie with KBM general manager Rick Ren for most career Truck Series wins as a crew chief. Entering Friday’s race, he has registered 26 wins with seven different drivers (Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Travis Kvapil, Dennis Setzer and Mike Skinner) over his nine seasons atop the pit box.
No. 18 Shore Lodge Racing Team Social Media:
Kyle Busch Motorsports 2012 NCWTS Box Score:
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About Shore Lodge
Established in 1948 on the sandy shores of beautiful Payette Lake, the iconic Shore Lodge is the premiere resort in Central Idaho and a quintessential mountain retreat. Amenities include The Cove, an authentic mountain McCall spa, and the Andy North-designed Golf Digest ”Top 100″ Whitetail Golf Course. The course is located within the private, 1300-acre, mountain lake residential community of Whitetail, which offers lake, mountain and golf course-view home sites, contemporary mountain cabins and an array of amenities including a Fish & Swim Club, golf shop & grill restaurant, indoor tennis and fitness facility, plus a play park and Camp Sharlie for kids. In addition, Shore Lodge is situated on the edge of the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States, three major river systems and the best and most plentiful natural hot springs in the lower 48 states. It’s located only 10 minutes from Brundage Mountain, which Ski Magazine has credited with “the best powder in North America” and which provides lift-assisted access to more than 20 miles of mountain bike trails. Visit www.shorelodge.com,www.thecovemccall.com and www.whitetailclub.com for more information.