MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Richard Petty Motorsports driver Brian Scott announced on Thursday that he will retire following the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Scott, driver of the No. 44 Ford, said he made the decision to focus on his young and growing family and also the next phase of his career.
Scott began competing in NASCAR’s national series in 2007, debuting in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He competed full-time in that series in 2008 and 2009 and earned his first win at the Dover Int’l Speedway in 2009.
From 2010 through 2015, Scott competed in the NASCAR XFINTY Series. Scott finished inside the top-10 in the championship standings in five of his six seasons. This year Scott was signed by Richard Petty Motorsports to compete in his first full-season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This season was highlighted by a runner-up finish just a few weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway.
“This was a difficult decision, but one that I made myself for my family,” said Scott. “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.”
“Brian made it to and competed at a level that very few do in NASCAR,” said Brian Moffitt, chief executive officer, Richard Petty Motorsports. “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.”
Albertsons Companies, one of Scott’s sponsors at Richard Petty Motorsports, has also announced they will terminate their NASCAR sponsorship program following the conclusion of the year.
Richard Petty Motorsports will continue to field the No. 44 Ford Fusion next year, with further announcements on that program coming later.
CREDIT: Richard Petty Motorsports