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Press release: Joe Gibbs Racing expands Nationwide Series program with Brian Scott

Brian Scott will join Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series team in 2011.
Brian Scott will join Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series team in 2011.

Joe Gibbs Racing

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (November 6, 2010) - Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that it will expand to a third NASCAR Nationwide Series team in 2011 with driver Brian Scott running the full season behind the wheel. 

"We have always been attracted to working with the best young talent our sport has to offer and Brian has certainly proven to be part of that group," said JGR President J.D. Gibbs. "Brian has been impressive with the opportunities he has had thus far and we think he is an outstanding choice to drive our third entry in the Nationwide Series. We look forward to having him compete for the championship."

Joe Gibbs Racing has experienced tremendous success over the past three seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Currently JGR's No. 18 team is first in the Series owner's point standings with three races remaining in the season. JGR has won the previous two Nationwide Series owner's championships, with the No. 20 team bringing home the title in 2008 and Kyle Busch and the No. 18 team winning both the driver and owner's championship in 2009.

Over the course of that time, JGR has won an incredible 48 times and claimed 29 poles. Busch set a NASCAR Nationwide Series record in 2009 with an incredible 2,698 laps led in a single season and most recently set the mark for wins in a season having claimed the checkered flag 12 times already in 2010.

"I'm thrilled for this opportunity to drive the 2011 season for Joe Gibbs Racing," said Scott. "Everyone knows the success JGR has had in the Nationwide Series the past few years. They have great people in place in every position from top to bottom of their organization and they really function as a team. I can't wait for Daytona."

Scott is competing in his first full season in the Nationwide Series and has currently put together five top ten finishes and one top five effort so far in 2010. The 22-year-old Boise, ID native is currently running second in the race for Raybestos NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors.

Racing competitively since the age of 12, Scott moved east to Charlotte in 2006 and made the jump from dirt tracks to asphalt ovals. His first opportunity to race in a NASCAR national tour series came in 2007 with seven starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Scott returned in 2008 to run the full season in the Truck Series and finished second in the race for Rookie of the Year honors with seven top-ten and two top-five finishes. He would earn his first win in the Series in 2009 with a victory in Dover and went on to post seven top-fives and 13 top-ten finishes over the course of the season. His Nationwide Series debut would also come in 2009 when he started seven races.

An avid outdoorsman, Scott enjoys hunting, fishing and skiing when he is away from the track. He was an honor student in high school graduating with a 4.0 GPA.