Scott gets his shot at chance to compete with NASCAR's elite

Driver Brian Scott, a Boise native, has his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride.

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comSeptember 25, 2013 

Brian Scott just missed out on winning his first Nationwide Series race Sept. 6 in Richmond, Va., when Brad Keselowski passed him after a restart. Scott led for 239 laps before finishing in second place. “We deserved to win that race,” Scott said afterwards.

For the past seven years, Brian Scott has steadily driven his way through NASCAR’s minor-league circuits. Now the 25-year-old Boise High graduate is getting a shot at his sport’s highest level.

Scott will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 12 in the Bank of America 500.

“It’s a dream come true and something I’ve been working toward,” said Scott, who is seventh in the points standings on the Nationwide Series, NASCAR’s second-best level.

Scott is already planning to become a fixture in the Sprint Cup.

“It’s a huge opportunity. Any time you’re getting the opportunity to go up there and race against the big guys, it’s for sure a tryout,” said Scott, who will drive the No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

“If you go out there and perform well, it opens opportunities for rides at any time. If this race goes good, maybe another race or two this year.”

Scott is in the first year of a two-year contract with Richard Childress Racing. Part of the deal, Scott said, is a commitment to getting Scott into the Sprint Cup Series.

His plan for next season is to run a full-time Nationwide schedule (and to win a championship), while sprinkling in five to 10 Sprint Cup races.

“I’m not trying to just stay in the Nationwide Series my whole life. I’m trying to progress up,” said Scott, who is in his third full season in the Nationwide Series after two seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Scott has three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes on the Nationwide Series this year, including a second-place finish in Richmond, Va., earlier this month.

Scott will race in the Nationwide event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the night before his Sprint Cup debut. He will also race in this week’s event at Dover International Speedway.

“Brian has been doing great with us this year in the Nationwide Series and it’s always good to see young talent coming up in our sport,” Childress said in a statement. “He’s shown a good feel for how to race our cars and that he’s qualified to try his hand in the Sprint Cup Series. We’re looking forward to having him in that race.”

Brian Murphy: 377-6444,Twitter: @MurphsTurph

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