Brian Scott Joins Richard Petty Motorsports In 2016by Hunter Thomas December 11, 2015 0 comments
MOORSEVILLE, N.C. – Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Friday that Brian Scott will pilot the No. 9 Ford Fusion during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Scott will join Aric Almirola at Reichard Petty Motorsports and will replace Sam Hornish Jr., who finished 26th in the championship point standings. Brian Scott has been competing fulltime in the NASCAR XFINITY Series since the 2010 season, earning five poles, 20 top-five and 77 top-10 finishes. He finished eighth in the 2015 XFINITY Series point standings.
“I started dreaming about being a Sprint Cup driver a long time ago and I’ve always wondered what that would look like and what the future held, and never did I ever think that I’d get to drive for an iconic organization like Petty,” Scott said. “I actually have gotten to drive for two iconic organizations and that’s surpassed any dreams that I was able to set as a kid. I’m so excited to be here and to be a part of the growth and continue to develop on the race track and everything like that. To have equity in this deal and to really be pushing hard and working in a smaller organization to really achieve big things.”
Brian Scott also has 17 career Sprint Cup Series starts. Throughout 2015, he competed in 10 events for Richard Childress Racing. His highest finish was a 12th at Kansas Speedway in October, and he followed that effort up with a 14th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in November. Scott believes that his solid performance during the races that were part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule is what led to conversations with Richard Petty Motorsports.
“I really liked last year being able to compete in races that were in the Chase,” Scott said. “Before that, I had done some and the level is really elevated and I always wondered, ‘OK competing at the Sprint Cup level and then competing at the Sprint Cup level when the Chase starts, is there a difference and can you compete at that level?’ And I think I showed at Texas and Kansas, running in the top-15 and racing into the top-10 a good portion of the race in those Chase races really affirmed me in my ability and I think it opened the doors. I think it ultimately led to having talks with Richard Petty Motorsports and being able to put this deal together.”
The 2016 season will be Brian Scott’s first fulltime effort in the Sprint Cup Series. Although Brian Scott has been competing in NASCAR’s top-three divisions for nearly a decade, he will be considered a rookie in the series, and he will be running for Rookie of the Year honors. Scott will make his series debut on Monday, December 14 during a Goodyear tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I’m continuing to learn,” Scott said. “It’s no secret that that level of competition at the Sprint Cup Series is extreme. These are 43 of the best drivers in the world and I’ve had some experience and I’ve been able to run up front and race in the top-10, but I still have a long way to go and there is still a lot to learn. That’s what this year is gonna be about for me is a learning opportunity and trying to get better and better each and every weekend where we can run in the top-15 and run in the top-10 to finishing in the top-15 and to finishing in the top-10, and establish consistency and really work on improving the team week in and week out.”
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