Daytona International Speedway Preview – Brian Scott

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Race:        Daytona 500
Date:        Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location:  Daytona International Speedway

Brian Scott
No. 62 Shore Lodge Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Shore Lodge Chevrolet SS at Daytona International Speedway … Brian Scott is scheduled to pilot chassis No. 495 in Sunday’s 57th running of the Daytona 500. This is a new chassis that was utilized for the first time during last week’s Daytona 500 practice sessions at Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona History … The 27-year-old driver will make his second Sprint Cup Series start at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, in only his eighth career Sprint Cup start. Scott has 10 previous starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Daytona International Speedway. His best start of fourth was the 2013 July race and scored his best finish of sixth in the 2013 season opener. Additionally, Scott has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with a best finish of ninth in his 2008 Daytona debut.

Welcome to the family … On November 25, the Scott family welcomed son Joseph Baylor Scott to the world weighing eight pounds, one ounce.

Award Winning … Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 2015 list of Travel Guide Star Awards crediting The Cove at Shore Lodge a Four-Star Spa. Located in McCall, Idaho, The Cove Spa gives you both a feeling of Old Western mixed with contemporary ways to be pampered. The Cove is one of the newest additions to the 57th annual list of worldwide winners  based on more than 150 objective criteria. Your spa experience is limitless with The Cove customizing each treatment for every guest.

Time to Duel … The Duel at Daytona features two 150-mile races from which the final starting grid for the Daytona 500 will be set. By virtue of qualifying 34th in last Sunday’s pole day session, Scott will start 17th in the second qualifying race on Thursday, Feb. 19. Watch the action on Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Fox Sports 1.

Double Duty … In addition to competing at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this weekend, Scott is scheduled to drive the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Daytona XFINITY Series race kicks off a season-long campaign in which Scott plans to battle for the 2015 driver’s championship title after earning his best-career points finish of fourth in 2014. The Alert Today Florida 300 is live on Fox Sports 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Race Rewind … In only his second Sprint Cup series event, Scott started The Great American Race last year for Circle Sport Racing in the 16th position and finished 25th in his first Daytona 500, after sustaining damage in three multi-car incidents.

BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:

What was it like to be a part of the Daytona 500 for the first time last year?

“It was definitely nerve wracking. My heart was pounding. We started 12th so we were in the top third of the field and it was fun. I was excited for the drop of the green flag. Once the green flag falls on the Daytona 500 it becomes just another race. You settle in, you get your rhythm, you start strategizing with the team and you start making adjustments to make your car handle better. So all the stuff leading up to the Daytona 500 is a lot more nerve wracking than the actual race.”

What is the intensity level like when you are restrictor-plate racing?

“The intensity level is very high and it obviously can change depending on your situation. If you’re in the middle of a three-wide situation the intensity seems to be higher, especially in a heavy pack of drafting cars. It’s not a situation that you typically feel comfortable in. You feel vulnerable like that’s where the wreck is going to happen and you don’t have very many avenues for escape. It’s hard to keep your mental edge. Superspeedways, to me, aren’t so physically demanding especially in February with the cooler temperatures. You’re not sweating, so you’re not worried about dehydration as much but the amount of mental effort it takes can really exhaust you. I think that’s why you see the big wrecks because people let their guard down mentally and they have one minor slip up. There isn’t enough room for error when you’re in a heavy pack of cars like that.”

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com

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