One more backmarker team won’t be returning to the NASCAR Cup Series next year. On Monday, December 5th, 2016, HScott Motorsports announced to the world that it will immediately be suspending all of its NASCAR operations.
In the 2016 season, team owner Harry Scott Jr. had fielded entries for up to six cars, including star racing drivers Clint Bowyer and Michael Annett, across two divisions. The other four racers were all fielded in the K&N Pro Series East and included a Chevrolet driven by Justin Haley, who’s currently the reigning champion.
The entire HScott Motorsports team is expected to be fully dissolved by the end of 2016. Commenting on this decision, Scott termed it as regrettable and added that the team has been seeking for viable sponsor/driver options to enable them participate in the 2017 competitions for several months now without success.
Scott reiterated his love for racing as a sport, saying that he’d invested in NASCAR because he truly believes that it remains the best motor racing contest on the planet. Looking back, he says that he’ll always be particularly proud of the success his team had achieved in the K&N Series, largely unprecedented. Scott also says that he’ll be always grateful of the kind of longstanding friendships that everybody at HScott Motorsports was able to forge over the period of seven years that the team has been participating.
HScott Motorsports had massive success in NASCAR’s K&N Series that included the record of winning four consecutive championships.
In the ending season, Bowyer was behind the wheel in the #15 Chevrolet -- acting as a stop-gap between Michael Waltrip Racing & Stewart Haas Racing -- while Annett was driving the #46. While the #15 charter was sold to Premium Motorsports, the #46 charter (which had been leased from the same team), was purchased by Furniture Row Racing for their recently-formed #77 car. Erik Jones is set to be behind the wheel in this one.
The disbanding of the HScott Motorsports team comes just a month after a similar announcement by Tommy Baldwin Racing.
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