Brian Scott shocked the NASCAR garage last week when he announced the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway would be his last.
The 28-year-old will retire from NASCAR racing following Sunday’s Ford Ecoboost 400, citing family time as an important factor in his decision.
In a message he sent to his followers on social media last week, Scott said “Over the past couple of years I have begun a family of my own, and it has grown. I’m blessed to have an amazing wife and two incredible kids. The Sprint Cup schedule has taken its toll on me and caused me to reevaluate what I want in life for myself and my family. Through countless time in prayer with my family, the Lord has made it clear it’s time for me to focus on my family and put them first.”
2016 has been a frustrating year for the Idaho native. Following the race at Talladega Superspeedway last month where he posted a career-best runner-up finish, he said, “Just trying to get any bit of a bright spot this year has been difficult. I think that this is by far the brightest spot that we’ve had in a really challenging 2016 for Richard Petty Motorsports. I don’t know; I guess the results and what this does for us going forward is yet to be determined.”
Scott is completing his first full-time season of Sprint Cup racing for Richard Petty Motorsports after competing in the XFINITY Series full-time since 2010 for with stints at Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing. Before moving up to the XFINITY Series, he competed in the Camping World Truck Series, most notably for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
As he moved up the racing ladder, he never seemed to lose place of where he came from or touch with himself, staying as the same low key guy. Take a moment from Iowa Speedway a couple years ago.
Before I began covering motorsports and was going to races purely as a fan, I had pit passes for an XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway a few years back. I had brought a few driver cards with me, in case I had the opportunity to get an autograph and say hello. Brian Scott walked by the entrance near pit road as he was on his way out to his car for qualifying. He saw I was holding two cards. He approached me and said hello and thanked me for coming out to the races. I asked him if he would sign one of my cards. “Absolutely,” he replied. Being polite, I thanked him and assumed he would go on his way. Then he offered to sign the second card I had brought. “I can sign that one too, man,” he said. It was cool to see a star just act like an average
person. I know journalists are not supposed to have favorites, but that moment was one I’ll always remember. I would always look for his name in the rundown after the race was over.
In Scott’s 39th career Truck Series start in 2009 and at just 21 years old, he took the checkers for the first time in a race marred by tire issues and cautions. It came driving the No. 16 Albertson’s Toyota Tundra for Xpress Motorsports. After making the jump to compete in the XFINITY Series, he still dabbled with the trucks on occasion. In 2012, he again won at Phoenix International Raceway, wheeling the No. 18 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports, leading a race-high 48 laps en route to the win.
Scott had a solid tenure in the XFINITY Series, but never was able to find Victory Lane in 208 starts. He came painfully close in 2013 driving for Richard Childress Racing at Richmond International Raceway. He led the first 239 laps and looked like he was on his way to his first win before Brad Keselowski passed him on the high side with 11 laps remaining and went on to win. Scott was second. His team protested Keselowski restarted too early on the last restart of the race, but to no avail. Scott has 20 top-fives and four runner-up finishes on the XFINITY side. His best year came in 2014, where he finished fourth in the standings.
Brian has a strong fanbase on the racetrack because of his story away from
the track. In January 2014, he married his wife, Whitney, and since their special day, their emotional wedding video went viral. Whitney was married previously, and had a daughter of her own, Brielle. Not only did Whitney and Brian wrote separate vows for each other, but Brian also wrote vows specifically for Brielle. He got down on one knee to read them to her. (Grab a tissue, y’all).
“Brielle, can I tell you something? I promise to always hold your hand and skip with you down the street, and bring comfort to your life. I vow to make you say your prayers before you eat. I promise to read you stories at night, to always tuck you in real tight. I vow to show you how a man should treat a woman in my relationship with your mother. And above all else, I vow to protect you, care for you and love you forever.”
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Now with a successful career and notable highlights to carry forward with him as he walks away, he hopes to add one more highlight with a solid run this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to drive for Richard Petty Motorsports this season, and I’m looking forward to ending the year on a high note at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” Scott said. “Homestead is so unique in that it’s a true oval and doesn’t have a dogleg, so you really have to make a good turn getting into all four of the corners. I’ve had a lot of success in the XFINITY and Truck Series at Homestead, so I know if we’ve got speed off the truck that we will have a good chance at getting our No. 44 Safeway Ford to the front of the field.”
Scott has good reason to be excited about racing at Homestead. In six XFINITY Series starts, he has four top-10 finishes, finishing as high as fourth in 2015. In the three starts he has made at Homestead in the Truck Series, he finished inside the top-15 each time, with a best finish of eighth coming in 2008. Last year, Scott was 28th in the Sprint Cup finale in his lone Sprint Cup Series start at Homestead.
The staff here at POPULAR SPEED would like to wish Brian Scott and his family all the best in beginning the next chapter of their lives.
Shane Carlson is a POPULAR SPEED Development Journalist
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