Brian Scott replaces Hornish in NASCAR Sprint Cup at Richard Petty Motorsports

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 03:  Brian Scott, driver of the #33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 03: Brian Scott, driver of the #33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Brian Scott was formally introduced as the driver for the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season Friday. Scott, 27, who replaces Sam Hornish Jr., is a NASCAR Xfinity Series regular who has raced in that series full time since 2010 for Richard Childress Racing. In 208 career starts, Scott has no wins but has compiled 20 top five and 77 top 10 finishes and five poles. The Iowa native began his NASCAR career in the NASCAR Truck Series in 2007 where he has two wins in 62 starts.

“I am thrilled to go Sprint Cup Series racing full time next year and to do it with such an iconic team,” said Scott in an emailed press release. “When you think NASCAR racing, you think Petty. I’m glad to now be a part of that legacy. I had a lot of fun competing in the XFINITY Series for the last seven years, and I’m excited to take the next step. I ran some races in the Sprint Cup Series the last few years and learned a lot. I feel like we are in a good position to compete for the Rookie of the Year next year and continue the consistency that RPM built over the last few years.”

Scott has 17 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series all with Richard Childress Racing. He has one pole (Talladega 2014) and his best Cup finish, 12th, came at Kansas this season. MORE>>>

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