Scott Moving To Gibbs
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Fort Worth, Texas – Joe Gibbs Racing will add Brian Scott to its already formidable NASCAR Nationwide Series lineup in 2011 with a simple directive.
“We’re looking forward to running for a driver’s championship next year with Brian,” J.D Gibbs, president of JGR, said during a news conference announcing the deal Saturday morning at Texas Motor Speedway.
Scott, 14th in NNS points heading into the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge here,
will join Sprint Cup regulars Kyle Busch – the 2009 Nationwide champion – and teammate Joey Logano on the NNS tour next season.
The 2010 season has been nomadic for Scott, a 22-year-old native of Boise, Idaho, who started the schedule with the now-defunct Braun Racing team before recently moving to RAB Racing with Brack Maggard. Along with a continued alliance with Toyota Racing Development, Scott is looking forward to a single mailing address.
“I think consistency is everything in racing and you see it now more than ever – how close championship battles are coming (about),” said Scott, who had one top-five and five top-10 finishes heading into Saturday’s race on TMS’ 1.5-mile quadoval. “Unfortunately, consistency is something that I’ve battled this year both at Braun Racing and then since the move over to RAB Racing.
“There are a number of things that I think have caused inconsistency. A lot has been my personal experience and learning process, but I think that I’ve gotten to a step now where I can be consistent. And I feel confident going into an organization like Joe Gibbs Racing and their consistency to help me along, and also be there performance-wise week-in and week-out.”
Gibbs said a crew chief will be promoted from in-house for Scott, whose car number and sponsor are yet to be firmed up. Despite Scott’s slim resume, Gibbs is looking to groom him for big-picture success.
“We’ve done this enough to know we’re never going to do a deal just to do a deal,” Gibbs said. “We learned in the past the hard way. Unless you have a guy there that you think can win races, win championships and compete week-in and week-out, it’s not worth doing. So, our guys really kind of got together a while ago and figured, ‘Hey, Brian Scott is one of those guys when you see what he’s done in just a really kind of short career-span’…and I think that’s really going to bode well for us.
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