Harry Scott Jr., co-owner of the Turner Scott Motorsports organization that operates multi-entry teams in both the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck series, has finally come forward to acknowledge that he did, indeed, purchase the Phoenix Racing organization from longtime NASCAR car owner James Finch. Phoenix Racing fields the No. 51 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“This is a very proud day for me, as I will have the opportunity to compete against the best teams in motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the owner of Phoenix Racing,” Scott said. “I am going to build a championship contender with hard work, the right people and the right partners. This team has a great foundation, thanks to the efforts of James Finch. There is a lot to build upon, and I am looking forward to getting started.”
Phoenix Racing started in 1989. The organization has one Sprint Cup Series win, coming in 2009 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with Brad Keselowski driving the then-numbered 09 car.
Scott will take over control of the team in time for the Geico 400 race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 15. He’ll field the No. 51 in that race with Justin Allgaier as the driver. Allgaier is a veteran of the Nationwide Series. In that series, he drives the No. 31 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports. The Chicagoland race will mark the Sprint Cup debut for Allgaier.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity and grateful to Mr. Scott that he’s asked me to drive for him in the No. 51 Chevrolet,” Allgaier said. “I love competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but I must admit that making my debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be a special day for me.”
Allgaier, a Riverton, Ill., native, considers Chicagoland Speedway his home track.
In addition to the Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland, the Scott-owned Phoenix Racing has plans for two other Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Oct. 12 and at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 20. Allgaier will also drive the car in those races. Brandt, the primary sponsor of the No. 31 car Allgaier drives in the Nationwide Series, will sponsor the car for all three Sprint Cup races.
Plans haven’t been announced for 2014, and according to a press release from Phoenix Racing, Scott is working with NASCAR for “final approval.” The press release also stated that Scott will keep the current staff at Phoenix Racing intact for the remainder of the season. Nick Harrison, who has already worked as a crew chief with the team, will be Allgaier’s crew chief. Also, Steve Barkdoll will continue in his role of General Manager. Phoenix Racing will continue its relationships and alliances with Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
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