Richard Petty Motorsports driver Brian Scott announces pending retirement

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NASCAR driver Brian Scott has announced his pending retirement. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver will walk away from the sport at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Scott made his decision public following Albertson’s departure from the team. Richard Petty Motorsports will need a new sponsor in 2017.

American Red Cross Ford driver Brian Scott stands in the garage area during practice before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Fast Relief 500
Brian Scott stands in the garage area during practice before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Fast Relief 500 (Getty Images)

He said that he wanted to spend more time with his two young children.

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“My decision to end one chapter in my life and change my focus going forward was not a decision I made or approached lightly,” Scott in his press release. “Racing has always been a passion of mine, and that will never change. Over the past couple of years I have begun a family of my own, and it has grown. … The Sprint Cup Series schedule has taken its toll on me and caused me to re-evaluate what I want in life for myself and for my family.

“This was a difficult decision, but one that I made myself for my family. 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.”

He was competing in his first full-time Cup Series season, before making this announcement. Scott’s announcement comes days after the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, November 6th, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

He finished 27th in his Albertson’s/Tom Thumb entry for Richard Petty Motorsports.

So far this season, Scott has one Top 10 finish, which came in October at Talladega SuperSpeedway in Talladega, Alabama. He actually finished second at the Hellmann’s 500.

“Brian made it to and competed at a level that very few do in NASCAR,” Richard Petty Motorsports Chief Executive Officer Brian Moffitt said. “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.”

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