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Scott wins Truck race at Phoenix

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Friday, Nov. 09, 2012

Brian Scott’s NASCAR career got a jump-start from his first career win in the Truck Series.

He’s hoping his second can have a similar effect after two seasons struggling in the Nationwide Series.

Scott passed Kyle Larson on a restart with two laps remaining and held off the 19-year-old upstart to win Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Scott’s first career Truck win came in 2009 at Dover, Del.

“This is awesome. It means a lot to me to win in Phoenix. It’s pretty much a home race since I come from Idaho,” said Scott, who was driving the No. 18 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“When the caution came out with two (laps) to go, I knew that was my only chance to beat (Larson). Kyle Larson – what a talent. That kid is going to win a lot of races.”

Scott’s victory could help him potentially for next season as he currently is without a ride.

“Unfortunately, I’m not going to be back at Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series next year and it breaks my heart,” he said.

Larson, who won this season’s K&N Pro Series East championship for Rev Racing, is a development driver under contract for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and has now finished in the top-10 in each of his four Truck starts.

Larson appeared headed for his first Truck victory and held a solid advantage over Scott until a caution came out for a wreck with three laps remaining giving Scott one last chance at the win.

“Second’s not bad but it would have been nice to get a win here at Phoenix,” Larson said. “We’ll come back next week at Homestead. Now, there’s only one more spot we can go.”

Joey Coulter finished third, Timothy Peters was fourth and Ryan Blaney was fifth.

Series points leader James Buescher wrecked late in the race and finished 17th.

With one race remaining, he holds an 11-point advantage over Peters in the series standings and a 12-point lead over Ty Dillon.

“We were able to limp it to the checkered flag. To finish 17th with a blown right-front and only lose four points is not a bad night,” Buescher said.

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