Brian Scott to retire from full-time racing after 2016

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Brian Scott announced Thursday morning that he intends to retire from full-time racing after the 2016 season. Scott, who is competing for Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year honors this season, plans to focus on his family.

“This was a difficult decision, but one that I made myself for my family,” he stated. “Racing and specifically NASCAR has been and will always be in my heart, but right now, I want to turn all my attention to my family and to be able to spend more time with them.”

Scott has competed in all three of NASCAR’s national series since 2007, starting with the Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series. He began racing full-time in the Truck Series in 2008 for Xpress Motorsports, winning a race at Dover in 2009; he won another Truck race at Phoenix in 2012. In 2010, he moved up to the Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series with Braun Racing and switched to RAB Racing midseason. A year later, he joined Joe Gibbs Racing, driving the #11 Toyota before moving to Richard Childress Racing’s #2 team in 2013. Despite never winning a race, he displayed consistency by finishing in the top 10 in points for five consecutive seasons.

From 2013–2015, Scott contested a limited schedule in the Cup Series for RCR and Premium Motorsports, winning the pole at the 2014 Aaron’s 499. He joined RPM to run the full season in the #44 car in 2016, replacing Sam Hornish Jr., bringing sponsorship from family-owned Albertson’s and Shore Lodge. Scott and RPM as a whole struggled in 2016, Scott finishing in the top 20 only twice prior to the Chase (12th at Fontana, 18th at Bristol’s August race). At the Talladega Chase race, Scott nearly won his first career Cup race when he finished 2nd behind Joey Logano.

A replacement in the #44 has not been announced.

Featured image courtesy of Richard Petty Motorsports

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