Boise’s Brian Scott takes aim at Daytona

Scott hopes to qualify his No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevy for NASCAR’s biggest race.

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comJanuary 8, 2014 

Brian Scott’s car gets some work in the Richard Childress Racing shop in North Carolina. Scott tweeted Tuesday: “The @RCRRacing boys getting my #Daytona500 Chevy ready to go testing! #DaytonaTesting #NASCAR”

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Brian Scott is packing a lot into the first two months of 2014.

Scott, a Boise High graduate who turns 26 on Sunday, will get married Jan. 25 at the Shore Lodge in McCall. He plans to honeymoon in Tahiti.

And, somehow, February promises to be nearly as exciting.

Scott is expected to race in his first Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

“It’ll be crazy and fun and exciting and stressful,” said Scott, who finished 27th in his only Sprint Cup start last year.

Scott is the fourth Richard Childress Racing car in the field. Scott still has to navigate Daytona’s unique qualifying structure, but given RCR’s place in the sport, he is expected to find a way into the 43-car field.

Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Florida begins Feb. 16, and includes the Budweiser Duels on Feb. 20.

“I’m almost guaranteed a spot,” Scott said. “The right stars would have to align (to not make it), a big wreck taking out a lot of the top cars or cars high in owners points.”

Scott plans to drive at Daytona and four other events in the Sprint Cup — NASCAR’s top series. He’ll drive a complete schedule in the Nationwide Series, NASCAR’s second level. He finished seventh in points in the Nationwide standings last year.

Scott is headed to Daytona next week for testing, a valuable experience for someone with such little seat time in the Sprint Cup cars.

“NASCAR has some packages they want to try out. We’re going down and essentially running for two days straight,” Scott said. “No matter what series, when you go to Daytona to race, it’s just a special feeling.”

After testing, it’s back to Idaho for his wedding, which has kept his mind off Daytona and racing lately.

“I’m pretty much fully engulfed,” Scott said.

Brian Murphy: 377-6444, Twitter: @murphsturph

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