NASCAR driver Brian Scott officially retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Brian Scott has competed in his final NASCAR event. He previously announced that he would retire at the end of the season.

In his final race, Scott finished 15th in the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. With this being the end of his career, Scott leaves his Richard Petty Motorsports ride after his first full-time NASCAR season.

Safeway Ford driver Brian Scott stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400
Brian Scott stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 (Getty Images)

Before driving for RPM, he also competed on a limited basis with Richard Childress Racing.

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“To all my fans, friends, crew members (past & present) and wonderful people I’ve met in racing over the years: First, I want to say thank you for the support, friendship and good memories made,” Scott said in a statement. “My decision to end one chapter in my life and change my focus going forward was not a decision I made or approached lightly. 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. I’m blessed to have an amazing wife and two incredible kids. 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.”

He had been competing in the sport for nearly the past decade. However, the 28-year-old is walking away to spend more time with his wife and two young children. 

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Richard Petty Motorsports will have a new driver for the 2017 NASCAR season. 

“Through countless time in prayer with my family, the Lord has made it clear its time for me to focus on my family and put them first,” Scott also said. “I would be lying to say I wont miss racing, in fact I will miss it very much, but I’m looking forward to making memories with my family hunting, fishing, camping, ball games, recitals, and being there to support them in whatever they decide to do!

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“I can’t possibly name everyone that has supported me through the years, but I take comfort in knowing that you all know who you are. It has meant the world to me to have your friendship and unwavering support over the years. I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart! God Bless.”

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