Following a solid top-five season, Brian Scott returns for his sixth straight season in the XFINITY Series.
Looking Back at 2014
Last season, Brian Scott had his break-out year, scoring his best points finish with a fourth. Scott originally joined RCR in 2013, scoring a seventh place finish in his inaugural season. Easily, it seems as though improvement has shown with more experience. He also improved his top-five and top-10 season counts, scoring six top-fives and 23 top-10s. Both of those are career best season-high numbers.
One of the things that Scott is missing in the XFINITY Series is a victory, but he did some close on a couple different occasions. If circumstances had played a little differently, he could’ve called himself a race winner.
Looking Ahead at 2015
As mentioned in the preview for Ty Dillon, Richard Childress Racing needs to improve their package if they want to be there with JR Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske. It’d certainly help Scott’s cause in trying to score his first career victory and a championship. Also, given that he has improved with each season, this season should bring forth that long awaited victory, as well as championship contention all year long.
Though, Scott is also running into another predicament entering the year – he will have a new crew chief. Phil Gould left RCR at season’s end to join Roush Fenway Racing to work with Elliott Sadler. Mike Hillman Jr. will now lead the No. 2 team. Hillman has experience, having led Todd Bodine to a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship in 2006. He also has worked with Scott in a limited form with a couple of Sprint Cup races last year, combining for a best finish of 26th. Depending how well the pair jell and whether Hillman can wrap his arms around the XFINITY cars will dictated whether success is had.