Fresh Start for Scott

Brian Scott

In 109 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, Brian Scott has yet to reach Victory Lane. (Photo: Getty Images)

Brian Scott is looking forward to a fresh start with his new team for the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series and beyond.

Scott signed a multi-year agreement with Richard Childress Racing on Dec. 6, to replace Elliott Sadler in the No. 2 Chevrolet.  Expectations are high as Sadler produced consecutive runner-up finishes in the 2011 and 2012 series standings.  Scott says he's up to the challenge.

"To be joining the No. 2 team that came so close to winning the championship, with a lot of the same guys in place, is a great opportunity," he said.  "I'm excited to get the 2013 season underway."

In 109 career NNS starts, Scott (24) has yet to reach Victory Lane but has recorded five top fives and 23 top-10 finishes, along with one career pole.  He's finished in the top 10 in points twice (eighth in 2011 and ninth in 2012) in three full seasons.

Scott will be paired with crew chief Phil Gould, who was promoted after his 2012 stint as car chief for the No. 2 team.  Gould also has previous experience as a car chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“He’s been a part of so many strong teams and the guys are excited to have him calling the shots,” Scott said.  “They all expect to be a championship-caliber team.  They know we’re going to win some races.  I think Phil is going to lead this team in a great way.”

Scott is also eager to work with teammate Austin Dillon, the series' 2012 Rookie of the Year.  Dillon finished third in the final overall point standings with two wins, 16 top fives and 27 top 10s.

“Austin’s a tremendously talented driver,” Scott said.  “He’s going to have another great year.  He and I are going to work well together.  I think we can relate to each other, given our ages are pretty similar.  He can elevate me to be better and I can (push) him to be better.”

Scott has already begun to test with the team and plans to spend more days behind the wheel after spending time at home in Boise, Idaho, over the holidays.

“I'm fortunate to have a deal put together before the holidays, to be able to relax and enjoy time with my family and friends,” Scott said, “then getting back and really getting immersed in this new program; testing some, getting ready to go to Daytona and have a strong season.”

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