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HScott Motorsports

HScott Motorsports
File:HScott Motorsports logo.png
Owner(s) Harry Scott, Jr.
Base Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States (NSCS)
Series Sprint Cup Series
Xfinity Series
K&N Pro Series East
Car numbers 46, 51, 52
Race drivers Sprint Cup Series:
46. Michael Annett
51. Justin Allgaier
Xfinity Series:
42. Kyle Larson / Brennan Poole / Justin Marks
K&N Pro Series East:
5. J.J. Haley
9. William Byron
34. Scott Heckert
51. Dalton Sargeant
98. Rico Abreu
Sponsors AccuDoc Solutions
Fraternal Order of Eagles
GoPro Motorplex
Sprint Cup Series:
No. 46: Pilot Flying J, Cypress Associates/Bene-fit, Northland Motor Oil, Allstate Peterbilt Group
No. 51: BRANDT Agriculture, AccuDoc Solutions, Auto-Owners Insurance, Flipping Ships, FOE/Switch Hitch
Xfinity Series
No. 42: ENEOS / Parker Store / Target (Larson)
DC Solar (Poole)
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Career
Debut 2013 Federated Auto Parts 400 (Richmond)
Latest race 2015 FedEx 400 (Dover)
Races competed 50
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0

HScott Motorsports is an auto racing team competing in NASCAR. The organization is owned by North Carolina businessman Harry Scott, Jr., a former owner of the defunct Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series team Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM). Scott is the owner of team sponsor AccuDoc Solutions.[1]

The Sprint Cup Series team was founded in 1990 as Phoenix Racing by Florida businessman James Finch, and named for his business Phoenix Construction. The organization as currently constituted was formed when Harry Scott purchased Finch's Cup Series team in late 2013, and then took over the Xfinity and K&N Pro Series operations of TSM following the 2014 season. The team currently fields the No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet SS for Justin Allgaier and the No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevy for Michael Annett in the Sprint Cup Series, and several teams in the K&N Pro Series East in a partnership with driver Justin Marks. The Xfinity Series program is currently operated out of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Sprint Cup

Car No. 46 history

It was announced prior to the 2014 season that former Phoenix Racing owner James Finch would return to field a part-time entry numbered 52 with HScott for Bobby Labonte, beginning with the Daytona 500.[2] Labonte ran the second HScott car during preseason Daytona testing using Scott's TSM number style,[3] then used Finch's traditional Phoenix Racing number style and paint scheme during the Daytona 500. The team picked up sponsorship from the Florida Lottery, and Labonte finished a solid 15th. The team did not run the rest of the season.

For 2015 Michael Annett brought his longtime primary sponsor Pilot Flying J, as well as associate sponsors Cypress Associates and Allstate Peterbilt, to drive a second HSM car full-time after running his rookie season with Tommy Baldwin Racing. The car number was later revealed to be #46[4] and Jay Guy was announced as crew chief.[5] Annett finished 13th at the season-opening Daytona 500. He failed to qualify for next race at Atlanta, one of 13 drivers to not pass inspection and set a time during qualifying. Shortly after, HScott was given a second chance after Xfinity Series regular Brian Scott gave up his seat in the #33 Circle Sport Racing Chevrolet. The car was wrapped in Pilot Flying J colors, and Circle Sport owner Joe Falk was credited with owner's points under NASCAR rules.[6]

Car No. 51 History

Main article: Phoenix Racing

Following sponsorship struggles, Phoenix Racing owner James Finch sold his Spartanburg, South Carolina-based operation to Harry Scott, Jr. in mid-2013,[1] with Finch's last race as an owner at the Atlanta Labor Day Event in September. Ryan Truex (who had driven for Phoenix at Bristol earlier in the year) drove Scott's first race as owner at Richmond, finishing 35th. Although the team used the old Phoenix Racing font for the first race, for his second race Scott's ownership was displayed by changing the paint scheme and number style of the car to match those used by Turner Scott Motorsports. In addition, on February 5, 2014, Scott announced that Phoenix Racing would be renamed to HScott Motorsports.[7]

Scott’s Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier drove the car with BRANDT Agricultural sponsorship at Chicagoland, Kansas, and Talladega.[8][1] Kyle Larson, Allgaier's teammate at Turner Scott who was set to take over the #42 car the next year at Chip Ganassi Racing, drove the car at Charlotte and Martinsville with an inverted white and red Target scheme.[9] Larson started 21st at Charlotte, but a late engine failure relegated him to a 37th-place finish.[10] Michael McDowell would run the car at New Hampshire, and Truex made his third start for the team at his home track Dover. Allgaier ran one more race at Phoenix, while Larson ran three more races with a best finish of 15th at Homestead.

The team announced following the season that Allgaier would drive the #51 and compete for Rookie of the Year honors in 2014 with crew chief Steve Addington. Allgaier finished third in the ROTY standings behind Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon. The team failed to qualify for a single race, the GEICO 500 at Talladega in the fall.

Allgaier returned to the team in 2015, with Brandt continuing to sponsor the team. He successfully qualified for the first two races of the season. Allgaier crashed during the 2015 Daytona 500 but rebounded a few weeks later at Phoenix. Allgaier was lapped on lap 56 during the 2015 Camping World.com 500 at Phoenix. Despite this, thanks to a strategy call by crew chief Addington, Allgaier got back onto the lead lap and raced his way into the top ten by the time there were 35 laps to go. After contact with Tony Stewart, Allgaier faded in the final 5 laps, finishing 18th. The next week at Fontana, Allgaier repeated his Phoenix performance, running as high as 8th and finishing 12th-his best finish at the time. A few weeks later, at Bristol, Allgaier ran well all race, even up in the top 5 at one point. Allgaier ended up finishing 8th, his first Cup top 10, and the first for HScott Motorsports as well.

Xfinity Series

HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi

Following financial issues with co-owner Steve Turner that led to the dissolution of Turner Scott Motorsports and Scott's full acquisition of the team, in late 2014 Harry Scott partnered with Chip Ganassi (whose drivers Kyle Larson and Dylan Kwasniewski drove for TSM) to field a single Xfinity Series entry under the name HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi. The team will run out of the Chip Ganassi Racing shop, with Larson,[11] Brennan Poole,[12] and Justin Marks sharing the ride. Kwasniewski did not return to the team due to lack of sponsorship.[13]

K&N Pro Series East

For 2015, Harry Scott, Jr took control of the K&N Pro Series East operation of the now-defunct Turner Scott Motorsports. Scott partnered with Justin Marks to field four teams under the name HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks with returning driver Scott Heckert and rookies William Byron, J.J. Haley, and Dalton Sargeant.[11] Following his win at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, 22-year-old Rico Abreu was signed to drive the team's 98 car in January 2015.[14][15]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pockrass, Bob (August 29, 2013). "New Phoenix Racing owner Harry Scott now ready for Sprint Cup racing". Sporting News. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  2. Gluck, Jeff (December 17, 2013). "2014 Daytona 500: Bobby Labonte to drive for Phoenix Racing". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  3. "SPRINT CUP DRIVER ROSTER FOR PRESEASON THUNDER". NASCAR. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  4. Turner, Jared (January 27, 2015). "HScott Motorsports expands to two cars, adds Michael Annett". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  5. Spencer, Lee (February 4, 2015). "Jay Guy to lead Michael Annett and Pilot Flying J team". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  6. Spencer, Lee (February 28, 2015). "Reversal of Fortune". Motorsport.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  7. "PHOENIX RACING RENAMED HSCOTT MOTORSPORTS". NASCAR. February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  8. Gluck, Jeff (August 28, 2013). "Justin Allgaier gets Cup ride after Harry Scott buys team". USA Today. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  9. Ryan, Nate (October 1, 2013). "Kyle Larson to make Sprint Cup debut at Charlotte". USA Today. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  10. Scott, David (October 13, 2013). "Kyle Larson finishes 37th in Cup debut, but learned plenty". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 Associated Press (December 11, 2014). "Ganassi and Harry Scott to field 1 Xfinity entry". USA Today. Charlotte, North Carolina. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  12. "HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi Partners with DC Solar Solutions for the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season". HScott Motorsports. February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  13. Wolkin, Joseph (March 2, 2015). "DYLAN KWASNIEWSKI’S PLANS REMAIN UNKNOWN FOR 2015". Frontstretch.com. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  14. Spencer, Lee (January 20, 2015). "Rico Abreu to make NASCAR debut in K&N Pro Series". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  15. Moody, Dave (January 20, 2015). "Rico Abreu Set For K&N Pro Series East Challenge". godfathermotorsports.com. godfathermotorsports.com. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 

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