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Top 10 countdown: No. 9, Brian Scott

Braun Racing driver Brian Scott will run the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2010 (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

By Lee Montgomery

lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

NNSracing.com counts down the 10 days before the start of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season with our predicted finish of the top 10 drivers. Today, we profile No. 9 Brian Scott

Driver: Brian Scott

Team: Braun Racing

Car: No. 11 Toyota

Crew chief: Billy Wilburn

Quick bio: The 22-year-old was a standout golfer in high school in Idaho, but he preferred driving a race car for his career. He’s come along quickly, running full time in the Camping World Truck Series the past two seasons. He won a truck race last year and finished seventh in series points standings. Now, he gets a full-time ride with one of the top independent Nationwide Series teams.

Why he’ll finish ninth: Scott is loaded with talent, and in time he’ll likely win a lot of Nationwide races. But look for a typical rookie year from him, filled with highs and lows.

Why he might finish higher: Braun has shown improvement through the years, and if the team takes another step in 2010, Scott could see victory lane – and a top spot in the standings.

Why he might finish lower: Rookies sometimes fade toward the end of the season, and if Scott starts slow and finishes slower, he could fall out of the top 10.