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So far, the bad weather has stayed away from Phoenix International Raceway today. After going to a backup Brandt Racing car following a problem in qualifying yesterday, Justin Allgaier was able to get a few laps in during the last few minutes of today's first practice session. The team is going to work, making a few changes before final practice at 12:00 pm Mountain Standard Time.
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15th-Place Finish for Bobby Labonte in the Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 24, 2014) -- The Daytona 500 was nothing short of restrictor plate mayhem. On lap 46, rain showers halted the race and brought out the red flag. It wasn’t until 8:30 when the green flag waved to resume the on-track action. The conditions were the just the opposite of when the race started. The track was now cooler and had tons of grip, giving drivers extra confidence to make bold, unlikely passes. That confidence helped trigger five multi-car accidents during the 200-lap race. Fortunately the cagey veteran Bobby Labonte was behind the wheel of the No. 52 Florida Lottery Chevrolet and his experience paid dividends. The 2000 Sprint Cup Series champion successfully navigated the incidents that littered the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Labonte kept his HScott Motorsports machine out of trouble and scored a top-15 finish. Labonte had a comeback to make along the way, though. Following the red flag, he was shuffled out of the draft after a pit stop on lap 77 and went one lap down to the field. Labonte kept a cool head and remained focused on getting back in the lead pack. On lap 183, Labonte got the break he needed. The caution flag waved when he was in the free pass position and returned him to the lead lap. He was in the 25th position, but wasn’t about to stop there. For the remaining 17 laps, Labonte charged hard and avoided two accidents before taking the checkered flag. He picked up 10 positions to bring home a 15th-place finish. Bobby Labonte on the Daytona 500: “It was really tough to pass tonight. It seemed like two or three lines of traffic would form, and unless you were up front it was tough to make any moves or go anywhere. Once the rain quit and we went back to racing, it was a lot cooler and the track had a lot more grip. I think when everyone realized how hard it was to pass, they started getting a little bolder and hoping that the grip would be there. It didn’t always work out, though, and there were bunches of wrecks. Luckily my spotter Jimmy kept my clear of trouble all night. That really was the key to our finish.” “I really enjoyed working with the HScott Motorsports team. We went a lap down early on and could have given up, but everyone kept a cool head and was determined to make it up. Fortunately it all worked out just as we had hoped. The guys did a great job getting our Florida Lottery Chevy ready for the Daytona 500 and I’m glad we had a solid run to show for it.” Daytona International Speedway Start: 26th Finish: 15th Sponsor: Florida Lottery
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Allgaier Leads Laps at Daytona, But Night Ends in Disappointment DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 24, 2014) – Justin Allgaier made his first career Daytona 500 start at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23. An afternoon race turned into a Sunday night primetime event under the lights after rained drenched the area. The 500-mile race began under cloudy skies and with 46 laps complete, the red flag was flown due to rain. After a six hour, 21 minute delay, the field took the green flag again around 8:30 p.m. EST. Allgaier settled back in to the cockpit of No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet and began to log laps in the top 30 under the guidance of his spotter Mark Gregory. Eventually, Allgaier worked his way to the top position on lap 84, and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender led his first career Daytona 500 lap. On lap 146, Allgaier was on the frontstretch when another competitor came down on his No. 51 machine and damaged his right-rear quarter panel. The damage put the No. 51 BRANDT pit crew to work under caution. After making several pit stops to repair his quarter panel, Allgaier was still able to maintain a position on the lead lap. After another caution, Allgaier worked his way up to the top 20 with his damaged BRANDT Chevy and was setting himself up for the final laps of the race when on lap 195 another competitor spun in front of him. With nowhere to go, Allgaier and his No. 51 BRANDT Chevy were collected in the accident. Allgaier was able to drive away from the accident scene, but his car had sustained too much damage so he took it to the garage and finished the Daytona 500 in the 27th position. Justin Allgaier on the Daytona 500: “Well, our day certainly didn’t end like we wanted it to, but that’s just Daytona. We started the race in the afternoon under warm temperatures, and then we had the long rain delay. The day was very reminiscent of my first Sprint Cup start last year at Chicagoland Speedway. It was scheduled to be an afternoon race and then rain came and we ended up racing that evening. Overall, the Daytona 500 was a good learning experience even with the way it ended. I was able to lead a few laps and really work on my communication with my spotter and crew chief. All of the guys at HScott Motorsports and the pit crew worked really hard today. It was a long day for everyone involved. I’m ready to get to Phoenix [International Raceway] later this week to do a little short-track racing.” Daytona International Speedway Start: 40th Finish: 27th (Accident) Laps Led: 4 Driver Points: 25th Next Race: Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, March 2, 2014 TV: 2:30 p.m. EST on FOX / Radio: 2:00 p.m. EST on MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90
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Phoenix Racing Becomes HScott Motorsports Team name change effective immediately SPARTANBURG, S.C. (February 5, 2014) - Harry Scott Jr. announced today that Phoenix Racing has been renamed HScott Motorsports. The rebranding of the team comes five months after Scott purchased the team from James Finch. As part of this announcement, the company unveiled its new branding, including a new logo, website and social media accounts. “I am truly looking forward to the 2014 season,” said Scott. “We have two great drivers in place with Justin Allgaier and Bobby Labonte, we’ve partnered with great sponsors and the team is ready and excited for Daytona. Now that we have launched the HScott Motorsports brand, everything is in place. We can’t wait for the season to get started and to get back to racing.” To learn more about the newly rebranded team, its drivers and partners, please visit www.HScottMotorsports.com. You can also keep up with the team via its Facebook page, at www.Facebook.com/HScottMotorsports, and on Twitter (@TeamHSM51 and @TeamHSM52) and Instagram (TeamHSM51). Upon purchasing the team last year, Scott pledged to establish a team with a focus on the future and eventually competing for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. During this past offseason, HScott Motorsports signed Justin Allgaier to drive the No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet SS fulltime and Bobby Labonte to drive the No. 52 Chevrolet SS for a number of races, including the Daytona 500. HScott Motorsports also expanded their relationship with Hendrick Motorsports, which historically has been providing engines to the team. Allgaier has four starts for HScott Motorsports and will compete for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors after finishing fifth in the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship points. Labonte, the 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion, has won 21 NSCS races in his career, which started in 1991, and will bring veteran leadership to HScott Motorsports this season. The team also hired NSCS veteran Steve Addington to serve as competition director and the crew chief for the No. 51 driven by Allgaier. Jimmy Elledge, who served as interim crew chief for Allgaier in 2013, remains with the team and will be crew chief for Labonte’s No. 52 team. James Finch, former owner of Phoenix Racing, has remained a trusted advisor to the team and will be listed as the owner of Labonte’s No. 52 Chevy. The No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet SS and No. 52 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet SS will both compete in the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23. About HScott Motorsports HScott Motorsports was established in 1989 as Phoenix Racing. The team is now owned and operated by Harry Scott Jr. and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Scott purchased the team from long-time owner James Finch in September 2013 with the goal to develop talented young drivers and partner with dedicated sponsors to build a championship-contending team.
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BRANDT Sponsors Justin Allgaier in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series BRANDT to be primary sponsor of hometown driver in HScott Motorsports No. 51 in NASCAR’s top series SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (January 21, 2014) – BRANDT®, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced today they will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 51 Chevrolet SS driven by Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The terms of the agreement include primary sponsorship for 21 races over the 2014 season with Allgaier behind the wheel. The move to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series supports the company's aggressive growth strategy. “We sell agriculture products in 48 states and in 44 countries,” said Rick Brandt, President and CEO of BRANDT, “And we fully expect this sponsorship to support those sales efforts by dramatically expanding our brand footprint.” “We are currently growing in all divisions and all areas of the business,” continued Brandt. “Whether by acquisition or organic expansion both domestically and internationally, we have set goals to expand and continue to be an agricultural leader. Moving up the ranks to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series aligns with our corporate strategy to grow and move forward.” Over the past three years, BRANDT has sponsored Allgaier in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he drove the BRANDT Professional Agriculture No. 31 for Turner Scott Motorsports. 2014 marks a shift to be the primary sponsor for 21 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Harry Scott Jr, owner of HScott Motorsports. This year will mark the first full season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition for Harry Scott Jr, after purchasing HScott Motorsports, formerly known as Phoenix Racing in the fall of 2013. "We are excited to have BRANDT as our cornerstone sponsor on the 51 car," said Harry Scott, owner of HScott Motorsports. "We have developed a great working relationship across the whole BRANDT team and I look forward to having a great Sprint Cup Series season with them on the car and Justin behind the wheel."
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Bobby Labonte Returns to race in the Daytona 500 for HScott Motorsports Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion to race for team at select races HScott Motorsports formally announced that Bobby Labonte will drive a second car for the team in the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014 at Daytona International Speedway. The move reunites former Phoenix Racing and now HScott Motorsports chairman emeritus, James Finch, with the 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Bobby Labonte. Labonte drove for Phoenix Racing for 13 races in the No. 09 in 2010 and for one race at Michigan International Speedway in 2013 in the No. 51. Harry Scott, Jr., who purchased the team from Finch in 2013, said, “James continues to be a valuable part of our team and when he came up with the idea of running Bobby in a second car, I jumped at the opportunity to bring him back into the fold. Bobby is a veteran driver that can also provide valuable insight and leadership for HScott Motorsports.” “I’m thrilled to be headed back to Daytona with Bobby Labonte,” said Finch. “I thank Harry Scott for this opportunity. He knew I would have to be weaned off racing, I can’t quit cold turkey.” “I am grateful and excited to return to Daytona with HScott Motorsports,” said Labonte. “The Daytona 500 is obviously a special event for everyone involved in the sport. I can’t wait to get back in the car for my 22nd Daytona 500.” Labonte, who will run a number of races for HScott Motorsports has won 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in his career that started in 1991. During that time Labonte scored 115 Top 5s and 203 Top 10s. In 1990 Labonte was named the NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver. He captured the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship a year later in 1991. The team will provide additional information in the coming weeks about which car number will be entered, the crew chief for the team and sponsors supporting the car.
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