XFINITY Series regular gives up seat in No. 33 Sprint Cup car Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live HAMPTON, Ga.—It's nice to have friends in the garage. Just ask Michael Annett. One of 13 drivers whose cars failed to get through NASCAR technical inspection before Friday's qualifying session, Annett would have been heading home from Atlanta had it not been for his good friend Brian Scott and Mike Hillman Sr., team manager of the No. 33 Chevrolet owned by Joe Falk. Scott had qualified 32nd for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 but agreed to give up his seat in favor of Annett, whose regular crew chief, Jay Guy, will call the race. NASCAR approved the driver change. "It's a big deal," Annett said before Saturday's first practice. "I can't thank Mike Hillman and Brian Scott enough. We'd rather be in the (No.) 46 HScott Motorsport car, but we're running full-time and we need as many driver's points as we can get. "Unfortunately, we won't get any owner's points for this, but being with a new crew chief, with Jay Guy, it's another hour-and-half of practice and another 500 miles (on Sunday) to work together. "So looking back, we could have either gone home and watched this race or be able to work together so when we go to Las Vegas we're even stronger. I can't thank these guys enough for giving us this opportunity." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
XFINITY Series regular will drive No. 62 entry for Premium Motorsports Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge Brian Scott will drive the No. 62 Premium Motorsports entry in the Daytona 500 (Feb. 22, 1 p.m. ET, FOX), Richard Childress Racing announced via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. Scott will pull double-duty in the opening weekend of the season. He will field his full-time No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener, the Alert Today Florida 300 (Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), before competing in the Daytona 500. Scott has one career start in the Daytona 500, which came last year. After starting the race 12th, Scott finished in 25th-place driving the No. 33 Chevrolet. In his career, Scott has seven Sprint Cup Series starts and scored his first Coors Light Pole Award in the premier series last spring at Talladega Superspeedway. Scott will drive full time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the sixth straight season, and it is his third campaign with RCR. He finished fourth in the XFINITY Series standings in 2014. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Brian Scott lines up second to Team Penske driver RELATED: Full lineup for the Hisense 250 Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). This is the Team Penske driver's first pole award at Atlanta and the 27th of his XFINITY Series career. Along with winning the Daytona 500 last week, Logano also grabbed the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Lining up next to Logano on the front row will be Richard Childress Racing driver Brian Scott . Regan Smith, Kyle Larson and Matt Kenseth round out the top-five starters. Chase Elliott, reigning XFINITY Series champion, will line up ninth at his home track. The XFINITY Series will return to the track at 2 p.m. ET for the Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1.
See where your favorite driver will pit (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and as a result he gets his choice of pit stalls. Logano chose the pit stall closest to the pit road exit so he should have an easier time leaving pit road. That spot also means he has no one in front of him. Brian Scott (starting second) also chose a pit stall (No. 21) with empty space in front of him, while Regan Smith (starting third) chose the first pit stall closest to the pit road entrance. Watch the NASCAR XFINITY Series run the Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 2 p.m. ET, FOX. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano battle up front all day for the win at Atlanta Motor Speedway while a pit road penalty proves costly for Brian Scott .
This week's host, Matthew Strickert takes you on a stroll of the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage at a sunny, but chilly Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Idaho native teams up with company from his home state on Chevrolets
Brian Scott , Josh Wise, Justin Marks and Ron Hornaday Jr. also miss field Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Buy Daytona 500 gear RELATED: Daytona 500 starting lineup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Crashes, mechanical woes and disputes over racing room all added to the pressure cooker of Thursday night's qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. For an unfortunate half-dozen drivers, the bubble finally burst. Six hopefuls were left on the outside of the 43-car field for Sunday's 57th Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX), coming up short of making the final cut in the Budweiser Duels. Alex Bowman, Jeb Burton, Ron Hornaday Jr., Justin Marks, Brian Scott and Josh Wise -- all with varying degrees of experience in NASCAR's most prestigious event -- were the odd men out. Bowman, Burton and Scott all fell victim to crashes in the second 150-mile qualifying race. Bowman's Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7 caught the brunt of the damage in the 37th-lap melee; he emerged from the infield care center unhurt but resigned to the fact that his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start with TBR will come next weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. PHOTOS: Best images from Daytona Duels "I hate it," Bowman said of the pins-needles waiting game. "Really I'm not a fan of this style of racing, and this whole week is more stressful than I wish it was. But it's the game, and we all choose to play it." Burton -- trying desperately to make his Sprint Cup debut in his first Daytona 500 start -- wrecked for the second time in two days, right on the heels of his sustaining damage in the opening moments of Wednesday's practice. The second-day setback sent the BK Racing No. 26 Toyota home early, causing the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to echo Bowman's sentiments. "I hate it," Burton said. "I just … wrong spot, wrong time. These cars are so on the edge. I was very disappointed for us. We'll have to go get them in Atlanta." Scott's misfortune came later, after Danica Patrick spun in the midst of close racing in Turn 3 with Denny Hamlin. The mishap snared Scott's No. 62 Chevy, plus the No. 31 Chevrolet of Richard Childress Racing's Ryan Newman "There was just nowhere I could go," Scott said as he walked away, shortly after learning his Speedweeks outcome. "Got us damage, got us in a bad situation. Obviously didn't finish good enough because of it. It's a nerve-wracking race for all those reasons. You've got fast cars that should be in the show that go home. It's a show. It's a good show for the fans, I suppose." MORE: Danica rallies to make Daytona 500 field " Underdogs find way into Daytona 500 field Wise's Daytona 500 hopes failed to get off the ground before the green flag ever fell on the second 60-lap qualifier. His No. 98 Ford stalled during pace laps, forcing his Phil Parsons Racing team to work on a faulty fuel pick-up behind the wall. Wise finally joined the race, 12 laps down after repairs, but completed just one circuit before calling it a day. "Total disbelief pretty much sums it up," Wise said via Twitter. "Was looking forward to racing my way into the Daytona 500 tonight. Something happened to the fuel pump and we never took the green flag. I really hate it for my team because I know how hard they work. Thanks for all the kind messages. We will bounce back and be ready to go for Atlanta." Justin Marks, attempting to make his first Daytona 500 start and just his second Sprint Cup appearance, needed to race his way in with a finish of 16th or better in the first Duel (thanks to Gordon placing inside the top 15). He wound up 18th in the RAB Racing No. 29 Toyota. Ron Hornaday Jr., the four-time Camping World Truck Series champion, was attempting to make his first Sprint Cup start since 2003. His effort with The Motorsports Group start-up team went downhill shortly after his No. 30 Chevrolet lost contact with the lead pack's aerodynamic draft. Hornaday finished below the cut line in 21st place, next-to-last on the lead lap. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Qualifying, race set for Saturday at Daytona Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live XFINITY PRACTICE 1 " Full results After finishing second in Thursday night's Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel #2, Kyle Busch soared to the top of the leaderboard at Daytona International Speedway during Friday's opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice for the Alert Today Florida 300 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). The Joe Gibbs Racing driver propelled his No. 54 Toyota at 191.681 mph around the "World Center of Racing." RAB Racing's Justin Marks also showed plenty of momentum in his No. 29 Toyota, posting the second-fastest speed of 190.496 mph. JGL Racing's Mike Wallace (190.018 mph), Roush Fenway Racing's Darrell Wallace Jr. (189.661 mph) and Richard Childress Racing's Ty Dillon (189.550 mph) rounded out the top five. 2014 champion Chase Elliott powered his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet around the Florida oval at 187.966 mph, ranking 24th among the group. FINAL XFINITY PRACTICE " Full results Circling Daytona International Speedway at 187.009 mph, Mike Wallace led the NASCAR XFINITY Series field during Friday's final practice for the Alert Today Florida 300 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Wallace also posted the third-fastest speed in the series' opening practice and was the only top-five driver from the first session to make another run in the final practice. Close behind Wallace was Richard Childress Racing's Brian Scott , who propelled his No. 2 Chevrolet around the Florida track second-fastest at 186.997 mph. A trio of Chevys rounded out the top five: Billy Boat Motorsports' Chad Boat (186.931 mph), Jeremy Clements Racing's Jeremy Clements (186.305 mph) and JD Motorsports' Ross Chastain (185.743 mph), respectively. Several drivers neglected to make a run in final practice, including 2014 champion Chase Elliott, who posted the 24th-fastest time in the first practice. Opening practice leader Kyle Busch also stayed off the track in the final session. The XFINITY Series returns is the track on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole qualifying with coverage on FOX Sports 1. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
RCR driver looks to nab elusive win in XFINITY Series MORE: Full schedule of season previews Team: Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet Rank in final 2014 standings: Fourth Wins: 0 Strides: His fifth full season in the series resulted in a number of high-water marks for the 26-year-old native of Boise, Idaho. In his second year with RCR, Scott scored career bests in top-fives (6), top-10s (23) and final points position (fourth). His average starting position (6.5) and finishing position (9.3) were also career bests. With the help of crew chief Phil Gould and the No. 2 crew, Scott was never lower than 10th in points after the season's first race, and was fifth or higher for much of the second half of the season, thanks to 10 consecutive top-10 runs to end the year. "I feel like I grow every race," Scott said. "Now that we sit here and look at a year and if we have to encapsulate all that into a timeframe, I've grown tremendously. But I grow tremendously every single race. I feel like I get better in traffic, I feel like I get better on restarts, I feel like I get to be a better leader, I communicate better to my team. Those are things that I feel like are always improving race by race by race." It's no surprise, then, that Scott says he is looking forward to the 2015 season. "I'm looking forward to Daytona, the first race, and then the next race," he said. "I look forward to going race by race next year and continuing to improve and hopefully by the end of the year I've done a good enough job and I've improved enough through the course of the season to be sitting there at the championship table." Setbacks: In spite of his continued improvement, Scott has yet to land in the winner's circle after 175 career starts in the series. At least one area he said he hopes to improve upon is restarts, which often provide the best chance for improving one's position on the track. "You're never perfect on restarts … every driver will tell you that," he said. "If a driver tells you 'I'm perfect on every restart' then I envy them because they've got it figured out and I don't. "There are so many things that can happen on a restart; it's the best opportunity that you have throughout the course of a race to gain positions or to lose positions. I feel like more often than not, I either maintain or I lose a position or two. And I want to get to be the type of driver where every restart, no matter how my car is handling, I'm able to be aggressive and push the envelope and try to gain positions." Quoteworthy: "We have to work at this thing 33 weeks a year and communication … is a big part of that. Obviously you need to have speed and you need to have talent. I think we have those pieces. I always can be a better driver and I need to be a better driver for my team going forward." What's next: Mike Hillman Jr. replaces Gould as crew chief for the No. 2 team as Gould departed to reunite with Elliott Sadler at Roush Fenway Racing . Hillman is no newcomer, having won two championships and 20 career wins in the Camping World Truck Series. Scott hopes to once again compete in several Sprint Cup events in '15 (he made six starts in '14), a bit of extracurricular activity that he said he believes to be very beneficial. "When you get in (an XFINITY Series) car after you've just got out of a Cup car where you’ve been going 200 (mph) at the end of the straightaways and … you're going 180, it feels like everything slows down," he said. "It really feels like you’re able to utilize your talents … more effectively. "For me, that's the greatest benefit I get." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule