Jan 8, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
One of Richard Childress Racing’s other young drivers – Brian Scott – will make his first attempt to race in the Daytona 500 this year in a fourth RCR Chevrolet. Scott will run the No. 33 Shore Lodge Idaho Chevrolet with Nick Harrison, formerly of Phoenix Racing, as his crew chief. RCR announced the move via its Twitter feed on Tuesday.
Scott made a respectable NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway last October, qualifying 19th and finishing 27th. He’s been confirmed for a full-season NASCAR Nationwide Series effort with RCR.
This sets Scott up in a good position for 2015. A year ago, RCR employed the same strategy with Austin Dillon, running him in a fourth car at the Daytona 500 with other selected Cup starts along the way. Dillon went on to take the season title and advance into Cup full-time in the No. 3 Chevrolet, returning that iconic number to Cup for the first time since 2001.
If Scott continues to improve on the Nationwide side – he had his best season of his career in 2013 and came up just short of his elusive first victory – he could move into full-time Cup contention for the following season.