Jul 20, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT
Brian Scott came away with mixed feelings after Saturday’s EnjoyIllinois.com 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
On the one hand, Scott was disappointed that he and his car could manage nothing more than a sixth-place finish.
“I’m a little disappointed with sixth,” Scott told MotorSportsTalk. “I thought we had a better car than that. We had to make some pretty big adjustments on our pit stops.
“We had it pretty close at the end, we needed a couple of cautions and opportunities to fine tune it and have a shot at the victory. This is one of those times where I wish the race was a little longer, maybe 400 miles than 300.”
But on the other hand, Scott’s wallet was made a lot fatter by virtue of winning the $100,000 Nationwide Insurance Dash-4-Cash race within a race. He was the highest finishing driver of the four that were in contention for Saturday’s race.
“I’m really happy to be $100,000 richer,” Scott said. “This is such a cool promotion that Nationwide Insurance gives us to let us race for some big money.
“I told myself coming in here if we won the Dash-4-Cash it was going to be a good night, so it was a good night.”
Although he’s currently fifth in the NNS points standings, 47 points behind series leader – and Saturday night’s race winner, Chase Elliott – Scott has had a strong season through the first 18 races on the Nationwide slate.
He’s been particularly strong in the last nine races since his wreck at Talladega in April, with two top-five and five other top-10 finishes.
“We have another year of experience, we have track notes everywhere we go and Phil (crew chief Phil Gould) and I continue to work better,” Scott said. “We got stronger with some personnel changes in the off-season and our pit crew’s gotten better, we’ve gotten our engines and bodies a lot better.
“So, we continue to make improvements and we have knowledge and experience together. It’s coming together nicely.”
With 15 races remaining this season, including this Saturday’s Indiana 250 at the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Scott is taking it one race at a time.
He’s still looking for his first career Nationwide Series win, but the most important thing is just to remain – and continue – the consistency he’s shown thus far in the No. 2 Shore Lodge-sponsored Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.
“I just take each race as it comes,” Scott said. “Now that we’ve finished this one (Chicagoland), my focus is entirely on Indy. I’m going to go 100 percent on Indy, dig my heels in, focus on what I can to do to give my team the best performance behind the wheel. Hopefully we have a fast car, qualify well and run up front and have a good finish.
“We’ve been performing well and I’m excited about the upcoming tracks because I think we can continue to click off some top-five finishes and challenge for wins.”
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