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Brian Scott joins RPM

Brian Scott (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Brian Scott (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

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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