By: Ashley McCubbin
When asked about what track he was looking forward to in the upcoming weeks for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series schedule, Austin Hill’s answer was simple – “I’m excited for the Daytona road course.”
He then turned to his crew chief Scott Zippideli and went on to say, “This guy’s not, but I’m ecstatic. I’m ready to get there and get going.”
The trucks are not new to road course action, as they usually have one event on the schedule each season. For the past seven years, that has involved traveling north of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
While the facility has produced exciting finishes since the inaugural date, the COVID-19 pandemic has ultimately made it unfeasible to allow for that to happen once again.
Knowing the event was going to be replaced with another facility in the United States, Scott Zippidelli admits not seeing the Daytona International Speedway as a possibility.
“I had no idea that one was coming,” he said. “We had every road course wrote down on a piece of paper that we thought we’d go to, and when that came out, I was like, ‘Wow, how did I miss that?’”
Although having his own apprehensions, Zippidelli admits he is okay with the addition to the schedule.
“I think it’ll be exciting, obviously,” he commented. “We’re waiting for the course configuration to come out so we can work on stuff. We’re working on the truck right now and we’ve had to make some changes to the truck to prepare to go to a place with so much banking. But that’s what we do. We’re really in no position to complain about anything right now. We’re getting to race.”
While there has been a lot of discussion about the event with knowing no practice or qualifying will take place prior, that has not been the focus for the crew chief. Instead, his eyes are set on the next date on the calendar.
“We try to attack every race as the most important and our goal right now is to not lose any points, be consistent, and at the end of the day, score the most points and get a win,” he stated. “As you know, we have really no idea what is going to happen four or five weeks when we hit the last race on our schedule. We’ve been hitting our every race as it’s really important and been readjusting with the information they send us. We’re kind of on stand-by mode as far as what the future holds.”