Xpress Motorsports' Brian Scott has two goals in mind heading into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and a shot at redemption.
Those would be to win Friday night's Ford 200 and to finish the season fifth in driver points.
Both are achievable by Scott. As a rookie he nearly won the race, and he's just 13 points off fifth place, sitting in sixth.
In last year's race, Scott and his Xpress team worked all race to get in position for a shot at the win. They got it, and, if not for a late caution restart, the win wouldn't have gotten away.
Homestead will be the cornerstone to complete a very productive season for Scott and his XMS team, during which they compiled one win, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, led 81 laps, and now rank sixth in driver points.
He nearly won at Memphis and Nashville, but Ron Hornaday won both races. But just following the wily veteran surely enabled him to learn a few tricks.
Scott, Hensley, and his crew are determined to have No. 16 running perfect, fast, maybe even notch that first pole, and go out with a win.
"Xpress Motorsports has proven to be a great organization," Scott said. "This team has accomplished a lot. We are always working on ways to get better and improve our performance.
"You can't ask for anything more than that. We have a great group of truly talented individuals on this team that have all pulled together and worked as a unit," Scott continued.
"It is going to be bittersweet going to Homestead and knowing that this is going to be the last time that this same group is going to be together," he said. "I feel like our paths will cross again, and it won't be my last truck race or my last race with Jeff. It will just be tough for it all to come to an end at Homestead."
Scott has always run well on the multi-grooved track, so textured because the South Florida sun bakes the track surface each year causing less and less grip.
It's a track were a driver depends on his team. Who better than the Hensley lead the XMS team?
Adjustments are a must to help navigate your driver and his truck through the entire 134 laps across ever-changing tracks to get to the front and compete for the win.
Scott's team proved itself last year; now the mission is to win the race they left on the table last year.
This week, he's racing chassis No. 52 at Homestead, and it's the same one he raced to second in 2008.
This year, No. 52 finished third at Kansas, sixth at Kentucky while needing minor repair, and was rebuilt after Chicagoland.
Scott's No. 16 will have a special paint scheme that honors every Xpress Motorsports employee at Homestead with their names and the the team logo on the hood.
I'm picking Scott to win the Ford 200 Friday, and this time Ron Hornaday will be the one chasing him in the closing laps.
Source for quotes and photo credit: xms16.com.
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