For the first time since the 2009 season, Brian Scott will take to the .526-mile oval at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in pursuit of the coveted Grandfather Clock. Scott will be making his fourth of five starts this season for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), driving the No. 18 Tundra with primary sponsorship from 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 - in Saturday's Kroger 200.
While Scott hasn't tackled 'The Paperclip' the last few seasons, he'll be driving for a team that has proven capable of running at the front of the field at the flat track. The No. 18 Tundra is the defending race winner and the team has finished in the top 10 in each of their four trips to Virginia since debuting in the Truck Series in 2010, including three top-three results. Not only will the Idaho native have a strong team to work with, he'll be able to pick the brain of the defending race winner and Martinsville expert Denny Hamlin, who drove the No. 18 Tundra to victory last season and will be behind the wheel of KBM's second entry, the No. 51 Toyota Tundra this weekend.
The last time Scott piloted the No. 18 Toyota, he led 14 laps and scored a top-five finish in the Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta last month. His top-10 finish at Kentucky is one of five straight for KBM's flagship Tundra, which has gained four spots, moving from 11th to seventh, in the Truck Series Owner's point standings during that span. Helping the rise in the point standings has been the bonus points accumulated from running up front. After pacing the field just once over the first 11 races of the season, the team has led at least one lap in six of the last seven races and led the most laps in two of those events.
Scott will be behind the wheel of the No. 18 truck in half of the four remaining races this season. The Nationwide Series regular would like nothing more than to help KBM continue to catapult up the standings and deliver the team its first win of 2012. With a Grandfather Clock on the line this weekend, there is no better time for that first victory than Saturday at Martinsville.