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Richard Petty Motorsports, after a very lengthy selection process, will be announcing later this week that Brian Scott will be replacing Sam Hornish, Jr. as the driver of their #9 Ford Fusion in 2016.
RPM has scheduled a “driver announcement” for 11 a.m. Friday at its shop in Mooresville, N.C. RPM fielded two fulltime entries in the Cup series this season with drivers Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. Team owner Richard Petty confirmed during the Phoenix race weekend last month that Hornish would not be returning next season.
A spokesman from RPM said the organization had no comment on the report of Scott’s hire.
Scott, 27, has competed fulltime in the Xfinity Series the past six seasons, the last three with Richard Childress Racing. In 208 starts, Scott has 20 top-five and 77 top-10 finishes and won five poles. His best finish in the series standings was fourth in 2014.
Scott also has two wins in the Truck Series and has made 17 career starts in the Cup series with a best finish of 12th this season at Kansas Speedway.
Scott, an Idaho native, has received sponsorship support in his NASCAR career most recently from Shore Lodge, owned by his father, Joe, who is also heir to the Albertson’s enterprise.
Despite the drawn-out process to determine the future of the No. 9 team, Petty was adamant RPM would remain a two-car operation in 2016.
“We’re a two-car team,” he said at Phoenix. “We have to look at sponsorship as much as anything. It’s a combination deal. We can’t just go with a driver and not have the money and we can’t go with just the money and not have a driver.”
He will make his debut with the team at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Goodyear tire test on Monday.
Sources close to the negotiations reveal that the family business, Alberton’s grocery stores, will be the primary sponsor for Brian Scott and RPM in 2016!
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