By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Brian Scott saved one of his best performances for last.
The rookie that recently declared retirement once the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season ends, put in a 15th place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday night. The 28-year-old Idaho native started 22nd and bounced in and out of the top 10, and even top 20, for much of the night.
However, a series of late restarts affirmed the No. 44 Richard Petty Motorsports driver just his third top 15 finish of the year.
“We actually had a car that was capable of competing,” Scott said. “That kept us in the race and kept us able to hang on when we took the wave around to get back on the lead lap.
“I thought we were gonna have a shot for a top 10, but it just didn’t play into our favor with not having a car that was very good on restarts the first couple of laps. I’m proud of my guys though for fighting all year. Even through the struggles it’s been a fun year.”
Scott added that he is looking forward to what the next phase of his life holds.
“I’m excited,” Scott added. “I’m not sure what the future holds, but I’m excited to find out.”
Scott ends his Sprint Cup career with one pole (Talladega – Sprint 2014) and one top 10 (second place at Talladega – Fall 2016) in 52 starts. He also collected five poles, 20 top fives and 77 top 10s in 208 Xfinity Series starts, and two wins, 11 top fives, and 23 top 10s in 62 Camping World Truck Series appearances.