Joe Gibbs Racing driver Brian Scott qualified fifth for Saturday afternoon’s Nationwide Series 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway.
The No. 11 Dollar General Toyota had some handling issues early in the 200 lap race. A competition caution came out on lap 40 with Scott scored in seventh. The No. 11 Camry came to pit road for the first four-tire stop of the day. On top of their game, the speedy Joe Gibbs Racing pit crew got Scott back out for the restart in fourth.
As the race progressed, Scott reported that his car was loose and needed more grip. The No. 11 Dollar General Toyota came to pit road under green flag conditions on lap 119. Kevin Kidd called for four Goodyears, fuel and adjustments to improve the car’s handling.
The yellow flag was back out on lap 123. Scott stayed out, and the field went back to green on lap 129 with the No. 11 Toyota in sixth. Scott raced his way into third before the fifth of six cautions came out on lap 151.
The handling issues with the DG Camry had improved, so Kidd kept the No. 11 Toyota out on the track. Scott’s teammate Joey Logano, who had led the majority of the race, chose to come down pit road.
Scott restarted in second behind teammate Ryan Truex who was leading with only 43 laps remaining. Scott held onto second until Logano nudged past him with just 15 laps to go.
Logano worked his No. 18 Dollar General car to the front and got the win, Truex finished in second and Scott and the No. 11 Dollar General Toyota were third, giving Joe Gibbs Racing their first-ever one-two-three finish in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series.
Scott’s third place effort moved him up to 12th in the Nationwide Series championship point standings and gave him his fifth Featherlite Most Improved Driver award of the 2012 season. His third place result at the Monster Mile matched his career-best finish. The 24-year-old driver also brought home third place finishes at Chicagoland Speedway in both 2010 and 2011.
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Brian Scott on his race: “To bring home a one-two-three finish — this proves how hard everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing has been working all year to bring really fast Toyotas to the racetrack. It has been a tough year for the 11 team, and it feels really great to bring home a third place finish. I’m just so happy to get Dollar General a great finish. I really enjoy racing at Dover and we had fun out there today. With all of the bad luck we’ve been faced with so far this season, it just feels great to finish where we are today. Thank you to Dollar General for sticking behind me and all of my team members for putting their all into it. We’ll let this momentum carry us into this next string of races with a positive attitude.”
“We had a really good Dollar General Toyota. We gave up too much right side grip on the long run. We would get a little snug at center and be chasing the rear up off the corner. We were just slipping and sliding too much. All three of our cars were strong, our teammates were just able to figure out how to keep that right side grip in their cars a little longer. Overall, just a great day for everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing to bring home the top-three finishing positions. Congratulations to Joey Logano for bringing home another victory for Dollar General. Congrats to Ryan Truex for his career-best second — he drove a great race. I’m happy to bring home third for my No. 11 Dollar General guys. I’m just really happy to get a third-place finish without a scratch on the car and get to go home and enjoy an off weekend knowing that we did so well.”