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Brian Scott to retire after 2016 season
RELATED: Driver moves and team changes for 2017 Richard Petty Motorsports announced Thursday that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Scott will retire from full-time auto racing competition at season's end. Scott , 28, began his NASCAR national series career in 2007. He is currently a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in his first year driving team owner Richard Petty's No. 44 Ford. In a release provided by the Petty team, Scott indicated that the decision was a personal one. "This was a difficult decision, but one that I made myself for my family," Scott said. "Racing and specifically NASCAR has been and will always be in my heart, but right now, I want to turn all my attention to my family and to be able to spend more time with them. Racing has blessed me with great opportunities, and I'm very grateful for everything that it has allowed me to do, but for me, it's time to move on. "I can't thank everyone enough who helped me in my career. I would not have made it to where I am at today without their trust and commitment." In a separate release provided by the team, Albertsons Companies announced Thursday that it would cease its sponsorship. The Boise, Idaho-based grocery retailer has been a featured sponsor for eight of the 34 Sprint Cup races this year. Scott , a Boise native, is the great-grandson of Albertsons' founders. WATCH: Scott gives a tour of his hometown of McCall, Idaho In 51 starts in NASCAR's premier series, Scott has one Coors Light Pole Award and one top-five finish -- both coming at Talladega Superspeedway . But this season has been marked by struggles, with five crash-related DNFs feeding a 32nd-place ranking in the Sprint Cup standings. After posting his career-best second-place effort last month in Talladega's Hellmann's 500, Scott acknowledged the adversity in a trying first season at the Sprint Cup level. "Just trying to get any bit of a bright spot in this year has been difficult," Scott said Oct. 23 at the Alabama track. "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." The Petty-owned team indicated that it would field the No. 44 Ford in 2017 with "further announcements" at a later date. The organization underwent significant changes on Aug. 31, temporarily assigning Philippe Lopez and Scott McDougall oversight of the competition department in place of Sammy Johns. Scott ends his full-time driving days as a two-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He prevailed on the mile-long layouts of Dover (2009) and Phoenix (2012). Scott also competed in six full seasons in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series, spending two of those years with Joe Gibbs Racing and three with Richard Childress Racing . He netted 20 top-five finishes and five pole positions over 208 career starts. " Brian made it to and competed at a level that very few do in NASCAR," said Brian Moffitt, RPM's Chief Executive Officer said in the team release. " Brian became part of the Petty family this year, and he committed himself to making our organization better. We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know Brian and wish him nothing but the best for him and his family." Thank you all. pic.twitter.com/oqqg3jW3Xn — Brian Scott (@bscottracing) November 10, 2016 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Brian Scott announces retirement after 2016
Richard Petty Motorsports and Brian Scott announced that the driver of the No. 44 Ford will retire from full-time competition in NASCAR after the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Brian Scott scores Sprint Cup ride with Petty
RELATED: Learn which drivers, crew chiefs are on the move for 2016 MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Brian Scott entered last month's NASCAR season finale without a clear sense of where he'd be driving in 2016. Richard Petty Motorsports faced likewise uncertainty surrounding the seat of its No. 9 Ford, with Sam Hornish Jr . designated for departure after one year with the team. The two sides found each other this week, announcing a deal Friday for Scott to pilot the RPM No. 9 next year in his first full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The deal, which rapidly fell into place, provides much-needed security for both driver and organization, which also fields Petty's famed No. 43 for team mainstay Aric Almirola . "I won't lie. I went into the offseason really having no clue what the future held and giving some serious thought or thinking that there's a real possibility that something might not come together and I might not be doing anything next year," Scott said. "And honestly, this whole deal came together Monday of this week. It literally just all materialized. Everything lined up right and we had a really good meeting and everyone got pumped up and I think that we saw the potential in that room on Monday that led us to pull the trigger and come out of the gates and hit the ground running." Though team owner Richard Petty posed for pictures Friday with his new driver beside a No. 9 Fusion in Twisted Tea livery, Scott said that "sponsorship pieces are all still getting put in place" with hopes of announcing partners in the coming weeks. Scott , 27, has competed full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for six seasons, the last three for Richard Childress Racing . After closing out the 2015 campaign last month at Homestead-Miami Speedway , both Scott and Childress indicated they were working on moving forward, all while acknowledging that the future was a murky one. "I really enjoyed my time at Richard Childress Racing ," Scott said, calling their parting bittersweet. "They've got amazing employees and I love the relationships and stuff that I've built up there. Of course, that was something that we really wanted to pursue. We wanted to look to continue that relationship, but we just seemed to hit some road blocks and some struggles that we couldn't really overcome to put the right deal together or the deal that we wanted to have for 2016 and beyond with them." For Scott , the chance to compete full-time in NASCAR's premier division was worth making the jump for. He's already dipped his toe into Sprint Cup waters, with 17 starts in his career and a Coors Light Pole Award at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2014. Besides the financial plusses of Scott's existing business partnerships as potential sponsors, Petty said the benefit of big-league experience was an enticing factor in reaching an agreement with their newest driver. "We're real comfortable with the situation of him being able to already be in a bunch of the Cup races, and we've noticed that he does pretty dang good in the equipment he's got," Petty said. "So the big deal is putting him in a team where all he drives is just Cup stuff. He doesn't jump back and forth, even though he might run a few of the races, it won't be the deal. He'll be able to run for a championship or rookie of the year. "Before, he's been a few races here, a few races there, so he's just been bounced from place to place. Now he's got a home, so I think that'll settle him down a little." The move makes teammates out of former rivals. Scott and Almirola have had pointed words for each other in the past, trading barbs after on-track run-ins in both the XFINITY and Sprint Cup series in recent years. The most recent altercation came in the spring of 2014 at Auto Club Speedway , with Almirola questioning Scott's racing pedigree in televised interviews after an early race crash. Both drivers trained at the same gym, leading to chance encounters in the weeks after their most recent flare-up. Finally, Scott said the two had a "defining conversation" to put their differences behind them. "It was the week before the July Daytona race last year that we just pulled each other aside in the corner of the workout room and we just kind of hashed it out," Scott said. "We said, 'how are we going to deal with this and what are we going to do going forward?' The next week, he went on to win Daytona, so I felt like that really affirmed that we were being mature, and I firmly believe in karma and good things happening. … "We've already had conversations. We're excited to be teammates, we're excited to work together and learn from each other. You know, sometimes you have the biggest issues with the people you're most similar to, and I think Aric and I are going to have a lot more similarities that we maybe have seen in the past." There won't be much of a breaking-in period for RPM's newest driver. Friday's photo ops will quickly become Monday's track time, with Scott chosen to participate in next week's Goodyear tire test at Homestead. "I'm going to put him right to work right away," Sammy Johns, RPM Vice President of Competition and Operations, said with a chuckle. "With the testing policy that NASCAR's put in place, which I'm fully supportive of, there's not any other testing that we're going to get to do before the Daytona 500 . So a chance to get Brian in a race car before that is excellent. "When we were able to get this done and get it done before the Homestead tire test, Brian was automatically the first choice to go do that so we could get some time in the race car with him, start to get a feel for what he's looking for in a race car, that's going to be invaluable."
Brian Scott's racing future remains uncertain
RELATED: Race results " 2015 final standings HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Brian Scott stood beside his car on pit road at Homestead-Miami Speedway satisfied but not thrilled. And somewhat emotional. Scott finished fourth in his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet and made a respectable run to be up front in the waning laps of Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 season finale only to finish fourth -- behind two Sprint Cup regulars. Scott is confident he can win these races and is not satisfied with top-five finishes. The most immediate big issue is "if" he will take another fulltime shot in these ranks next year. "Just trying to get all the horsepower I could out of this Chevy Camaro,'' Scott said after the race. "I needed every trick that we had to beat those guys. I was just trying really hard on those restarts to get clean air and see if I could block. The right car won the race. The four-two (No. 42 of Kyle Larson ) was unbelievably fast. "We're disappointed and obviously not where we should have been in the points. We decided after a couple mechanical failures and some wrecks of my doing that we weren't going to win the championship so we wanted to win races. That hurt our consistency but we've led a lot of laps at different tracks and qualified up front consistently. Those are things I’m really proud of. I'm kind of sad it's all over with." The big question going forward is whether it's over, paused, or about to reinvigorate. Both Scott and his wife Whitney Kay have been genuinely dismayed about the uncertainly. His wife tweeted out a photo via Instagram in the closing laps: It's a bittersweet weekend here for us! So proud of my hubs for always having a smile on his face… https://t.co/e7u9SLgcIj — whitney kay scott (@whitneykay_) November 21, 2015 Scott essentially agreed that he would seek sponsors, work and rely on his faith during this uncertainty. "There are plans, but the plans are we're still working on it,'' Scott said. "I've just been praying a lot and putting the faith in the good Lord whatever direction he wants me to go in. "We will just keep working on it and see if anything happens and opens up. Just praying a lot as a family and for the right opportunity to open up and lead us along." His current team owner Richard Childress was non-committal after the race, but remained hopeful. "Not right now, but we're going to be working on him,'' Childress said when asked about a potential deal for his driver. "I like Brian . I think he can win races. "We don't know yet (if he'll be back). We're still talking."
Brian Scott leads Sprint Cup practice at Daytona
RELATED: Full practice results Brian Scott topped the charts with a speed of 199.349 mph in his No. 44 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford in Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, which also saw speeds for two cars in the top 10 disallowed. The session at Daytona International Speedway was rescheduled for Friday after rain washed out most of Thursday's action, and it represented the only Sprint Cup practice before Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). David Gilliland initially finished fifth in the session, and Josh Wise initially finished ninth. Both cars were too heavy in the rear on the post-practice scales, so their times were disallowed. Wise was scored 40th in the session, Gilliland 41st. During the 45-minute practice Kyle Busch cut a tire in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and made hard contact with the wall. Busch was released from the infield care center and will go to a backup car. Right behind Scott was Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at 199.344 mph. Rounding out the top five were Brad Keselowski , Ryan Blaney and David Gilliland . Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET on Friday (NBCSN, Live Extra).
Stewart visits hauler after incident with Scott
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Tony Stewart 's final trip to Darlington Raceway as a Sprint Cup driver ended with a post-race visit with NASCAR officials, but the three-time series champion was smiling as he departed. "Got to come in and check in once in a while," Stewart said. "It was a happy visit." Officials had requested the presence of Stewart and crew chief Mike Bugarewicz following the race to discuss an on-track incident between the Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner and driver and fellow competitor Brian Scott (No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports ). Contact between the two on Lap 204 of the Bojangles' Southern 500 brought out the caution flag for the third time in the 367-lap race. Scott , who was four laps down at the time, was on the outside of Stewart as the two came off the second turn of the 1.366-mile track. The two cars touched and Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet shot briefly to the inside, then darted back up the track and caught the left rear of Scott's Ford. The RPM entry spun to the inside where it hit the wall. Unable to return to the race, Scott finished 39th in the 40-car field. RELATED: Examining the Chase bubble In the garage afterward, Scott said he was attempting to let drivers on fresher tires, including Stewart, go by. "I think he got inside of me and got loose there," Scott said of the initial contact. "I was pointing him to the inside to let him go. Apparently he got mad at me. … I have a lot of respect for Tony. He has always raced me really clean. … I am not sure if he thought I was trying to hold him up there; I wasn't. I was trying to let him go. I even pointed him to the inside. Maybe he thought I was giving him the finger or something. I will talk with him. We will figure it out." Stewart, who was running 13th at the time, eventually saw his night come to an end when the engine overheated in his No. 14 Chevrolet. Retiring from Sprint Cup competition at the end of the season, he ends his Darlington career winless in 24 career attempts. It is one of only two current tracks where he failed to score at least one Sprint Cup victory -- Kentucky Speedway is the final track on his winless list. Officially, he completed 317 laps and finished 35th. "Overheating was the first part of it, and it finally grenaded," Stewart said of the engine trouble. "It was 375 degrees on water temperature. "There's a screen in there that keeps all the trash from getting into the radiator and it got separated from its mount, so all the trash was getting underneath it and going up inside the radiator and it just kept blocking it until we finally lost the motor." The meeting with officials after the race was brief. "We wanted to hear from Tony, get his perspective on what he saw out there," Kurt Culbert, managing director of racing communications for NASCAR, said. "It was more about gaining information than anything else and to confirm that it will be over with once we leave here." Stewart has one victory this season, winning on the Sonoma Raceway road course, and is locked into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Scott is in his first full season of Sprint Cup competition and is 33rd in points. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Kyle Busch avoids a spinning Scott
Kyle Busch narrowly avoids a spinning Brian Scott during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas.
Brian Scott gives a tour of his hometown
Brian Scott talks about what it was like growing up in McCall, Idaho and shares his love of outdoor activities.
Ride along for Harvick's wild ride with Brian Scott at Daytona
Check out Kevin Harvick's in-car camera as nearly half of the field wrecks at Daytona and Brian Scott ends up on the hood of the No. 4.
Scott picks up heavy damage after contact with Stewart
Tony Stewart and Brian Scott make contact sending Scott into the wall and causing major damage to the No. 44 Ford at Darlington Raceway.