By AMANDA VINCENT
Brian Scott will drive the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford full-time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in 2016, according to an announcement Friday from the race team. Scott replaces Sam Hornish Jr. behind the wheel of the No. 9 and will be a teammate to Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 RPM Ford.
“I am thrilled to go Sprint Cup Series racing full-time next year and to do it with such an iconic team,” Scott said. “When you think NASCAR racing, you think Petty. I’m glad to now be a part of that legacy. I had a lot of fun competing in the Xfinity Series for the last seven years, and I’m excited to take the next step. I ran some races in the Sprint Cup SEries the last few years and learned a lot. I feel like we are in a good position to compete for the Rookie of the year next year and continue the consistency that RPM built over the last few years.”
Scott most recently drove the No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series while also running a partial schedule in the Sprint Cup Series from behind the wheel of the No. 33 Chevrolet of Circle Sport Racing through a deal with RCR. He made 10 Sprint Cup starts in 2015. Over the last three seasons, Scott has competed in 17 Sprint Cup Series events.
In all, Scott has 208-career starts in the Xfinity Series, resulting in 20 top-five finishes and 77 top-10s. In 2015, he finished in the top-five six times and posted 18 top-10s in 33 races and finished eighth in the championship points standings.
“We’re happy to welcome Brian to the team,” Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner Richard Petty said. “Our team has worked very hard to continue our winning tradition and building consistency. We feel Brian is a great addition to that. He’s made a steady progression through the ranks, and now, we feel he’s ready to compete in the Sprint Cup Series.”
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