Brian Scott Wins Dash 4 Cash Bonus and Makes Championship Gains in Chicagolandby Kyle Pokrefky July 21, 2014
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JOLIET, Ill. — For the first time in his career, Brian Scott (Richard Childress Racing) won a Dash 4 Cash bonus and pocketed $100,000 by winning the second round of the 2014 Nationwide Dash 4 Cash at the Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night with his sixth-place finish in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300.
Scott beat out Elliott Sadler (Joe Gibbs Racing), Chris Buescher (Roush-Fenway Racing), and Loudon Dash 4 Cash winner Regan Smith (JR Motorsports) to earn the right to take home a cash prize for $100,000 provided by Nationwide. Despite leaving Chicagoland as the winningest driver in terms of money earned ($135,350), Scott feels as if he left a little bit on the table as he felt he had a car that was plenty capable of delivering him his first career Nationwide Series win.
“First off, I’d trade this check in in a heartbeat for the trophy and the win,” Scott said. “I really thought we had a shot at it tonight. We needed a couple big adjustments during our pit stops. At the end, we were close. We needed a couple more opportunities to come to pit road and have the Shore Lodge crew tune our Chevy a little bit better.”
Scott didn’t dwell on the sixth-place result for long, he quickly transitioned to speaking on the positives he got out of the night – including the giant cardboard check that he proudly displayed in the media center.
“We had a good night, we led some laps,” Scott said. “A little disappointed with how we finished, but it’s a great program that Nationwide Insurance does with this $100,000 bonus. It comes at a really good time, I feel like our team has got momentum.”
The No. 2 team’s sixth-place result has placed Scott just 47 points outside of race winner Chase Elliott’s (JR Motorsports) current points lead. The 47-point deficit to the lead is the lowest for Scott since Darlington back in April. Scott has been progressively chipping away at the points lead over the last several weeks – he was 54 points back from then leader Smith after Daytona and 51 points back to Smith after last week’s race at Loudon. If Scott continues to gain on the leaders at this current rate of 3.5 points-per-week, with 15 races remaining in the season – Scott would be holding championship silver at the end of the year.
When asked on if he believes that he’s still in the contention for the Nationwide Series’ drivers’ championship, Scott had the following to say.
“I feel like we’re chipping away at it,” said Scott. “I think that we’re definitely in this championship hunt. I feel like out of all of the cars that we’re racing with each week, I actually feel like we’re the most consistent if you take out the superspeedways and the one road course so far. We’ve really performed well on those – we were either on the wrong strategy or just got a lousy finish out of it despite having good performance. I think we’re in it. I think we can go to Indy and have a good finish, we can go to Watkins Glen and have a good finish. I think we can keep chipping away at this and with our consistency I think that we can get right back in the hunt.”
Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge team now head to Indianapolis where Scott finished second at last year. Scott will be looking to collect his second Dash 4 Cash bonus of the season and his first career Nationwide Series race win at the 2.5-mile superspeedway next week, and hopefully by the week after he will have cashed out his check from Chicagoland.
“We’re going to Indianapolis where we finished second last year,” Scott stated. “We almost won that race. Maybe we can go to victory lane and get $100,000 there and I’m looking forward to the week after Indy and going back home. I’m actually going to the Shore Lodge and maybe I’ll have the check cashed by then [and then] I can buy everybody at the bar a drink.”