BRANDT Professional Agriculture (21 races) is scheduled to be the primary at the following 2015 races:
Daytona - 2/22
Atlanta - 3/1
Las Vegas - 3/8
Phoenix - 3/15
Auto Club - 3/22
Richmond - 4/25
Talladega - 5/4
Sonoma - 6/28
Daytona - 7/5, TradeMark Nitrogen
New Hampshire - 7/19
Indianapolis - 7/26
Watkins Glen - 8/9
Michigan - 8/16
Bristol - 8/22
Darlington - 9/6
Richmond - 9/12
Chicago - 9/20
Charlotte - 10/10
Kansas - 10/18
Phoenix - 11/15
Homestead - 11/22
Auto-Owners Insurance (3 races) is scheduled to be the sponsor at the following races in 2015:
Bristol - 4/19
Talladega - 10/25
Martinsville - 11/1
Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) is scheduled to be the sponsor at following 2015 races:
Martinsville - 3/29, co-sponsor with Switch Hitch
Kansas - 5/9
Dover - 5/31, co-sponsor with AccuDoc Solutions
Kentucky - 7/11
Pocono - 8/2, co-sponsor with Switch Hitch
New Hampshire, 9/27, co-sponsor with TBA
Dover - 10/4, co-sponsor with TBA
one more as a co-sponsor
Flipping Ships was the sponsor at the following races in 2015:
Texas - 4/11
AccuDoc Solutions was the sponsor at the following races in 2015:
Dover - 5/31, co-sponsor with F.O.E.
Hew Hampshire - 9/27
SEM was the sponsor at the following races in 2015:
Pocono - 6/7
Switch Hitch was the sponsor at the following races in 2015:
Martinsville - 3/29, co-sponsor with F.O.E.
Michigan - 6/14
Contract Status: Driver: 2015; Primary Sponsors: BRANDT 2015, Auto-Owners Insurance 2015;
#51 to #09 back to #51: James Finch, owner of Phoenix Racing, started running a Sprint Cup team in 2000, running the #51 for a few races, doing the same in 2001. In 2002 the team changed to the #09, which it ran until May 2011. Phoenix Racing then changed back to #51. Finch sold the team late in 2013 to Harry Scott, who changed the name of the team to HScott Motorsports at the beginning of the 2014 season. Finch teamed with Scott to run a 2nd car, #52 at Daytona for Bobby Labonte.
Allgaier unsure of 2016 plans: With this week's news that Clint Bowyer will join HScott Motorsports for the 2016 season before moving over to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017, questions remain about the team's complete lineup for next season. The team currently fields two Sprint Cup Series cars with drivers #51-Justin Allgaier and #46-Michael Annett, something that is likely to change for next season with Bowyer coming on board. During Friday's press conference at Dover International Speedway, team owner Harry Scott indicated he has not "ruled out anything for 2016 or beyond," but it appears Allgaier may be the odd man out. With Annett bringing support from Pilot/Flying J, Allgaier indicated there are a lot of unknowns surrounding his current situation and future plans. Allgaier said there were "definitely a lot of options" for 2016 and beyond, but added that it was too early to tell how it would all come together. A longtime representative of Brandt, he hopes to continue that relationship wherever he lands after this season. Along with its Sprint Cup organization, HScott Motorsports fields teams in the XFINITY and K&N Series, another possible landing place for Allgaier next season. "There are definitely a lot of options, but there are also a lot of moving parts. This has got to be something that works out on all sides for everybody no matter how we do it," he said. "I've been proud to wear the Brandt colors for five, six years now and I look forward to doing that in the future. I don't know what series or what car that's going to end up being in. There's just a lot of excitement for me to see what the future holds."(Fox Sports)(10-5-2015)
Bowyer to announce plans, to the #51 in 2016 UPDATE: HScott Motorsports is expected to announce next weekend at Dover that Bowyer will drive the #51 Chevy in 2016. The announcement will come after Wednesday's press conference, which will detail Bowyer's eventual move to Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy in 2017.
Multiple sources have confirmed that Tony Stewart will be stepping out from the behind the wheel of the #14 at the conclusion of next season. Sponsor 5-hour Energy will continue with Bowyer at HScott.(Motorsport.com)(9-27-2015)
UPDATE: HScott Motorsports announced that Clint Bowyer and 5-hour ENERGY will join the team for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Bowyer and 5-hour ENERGY have been partners for four seasons, winning three races and finishing runner-up in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Starting with the Feb. 21, 2016, Daytona 500, Bowyer will race Chevys for HScott in a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. "I am very thankful for the continued support and commitment from 5-hour ENERGY, and for Harry Scott Jr. for putting this opportunity together," said Bowyer. "My relationship with everyone at 5-hour ENERGY is something I hold with great value. There have been some real unknowns for my career in the past couple of months, but I'm happy that my future is secured and full speed ahead." HScott Motorsports has competed full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for two seasons, fielding Chevrolets with Hendrick Motorsports support. HScott Motorsports team owner Harry Scott Jr., said this is a watershed moment for his young organization. "This is a really important step for HScott Motorsports and one I felt our team needed to take to elevate to the next level of NASCAR Sprint Cup competition," said Scott. "Clint is a proven winner and Chase participant. For us to compete at a higher level we needed all of the right elements to come together. I believe those elements came together with the driver in Clint, sponsorship from 5-hour ENERGY and the extended relationship with Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas. This opportunity has brought an unprecedented level of excitement to our entire organization."(HScott Motorsports)
AND: Harry Scott says they have not decided if they will have two or three teams next season. Bowyer is likely to replace Justin Allgaier in the #51.(10-2-2015)
AccuDoc Solutions primary on #51 at NHMS: NHMS marks the first weekend this season that AccuDocSolutions is the primary sponsor on the #51 HScott Motorsports Chevy. AccuDoc served as co-primary at Dover earlier this year. AccuDoc Solutions is based in Morrisville, N.C. and provides billing-statement printing and processing to hospitals and hospital-based physicians. In addition to paper-based billing statements, AccuDoc Solutions enables patients to choose electronic statement delivery and make payments through secure online payment portals (HSM)
See an images of the scheme on the #51 Team Schemes page.(9-25-2015)
Allgaier on Sprint Cup future: 'I'm worried about it': Justin Allgaier is well aware of the rumors. With HScott Motorsports' #51 Chevy the most-mentioned landing place for Clint Bowyer next season and no contract for Allgaier beyond this season, the 29-year-old's 2016 plans are unclear. "Being in a contract year in general is a challenge, let alone with the rumors," Allgaier told USA TODAY Sports on Friday. "Yeah, I'm worried about it. But at the same time, everybody is trying to get everything put together so we're not sitting there in November saying, 'Oh, we don't know what the future looks like.' Everybody is working diligently so that every thought goes into this and that it makes sense for everybody involved. I'll let them sort out the details on the off-track side of it and keep working on the on-track side." So has Allgaier been informed of what the team might be thinking? "I listen to you guys (in the media), honestly," he said. "At the end of the day, Harry (Scott) and I have been pretty solid through a lot of different things throughout the course of my career. He's genuine in the fact that he says he's working with us and trying to put a deal together. I don't think the other deal by any means is done, if it's going to happen. He's working just as hard to put our deal back together as he is on that. I've not been told any specifics, but at the same time, that's not my place." But if Bowyer joins the team, Allgaier might have to continue his career with a different organization. "If something does happen and I don't end up in the 51 again next year, the way the timeframe is right now, at least it's early," he said. "I would like to see something happen sooner than later either way. That would definitely be good. If you're in the same ride, you spend the last six-to-10 races really focusing on next year. And if you're not, you're trying to figure yourself out and what your future looks like. So the sooner we can all come together on something would definitely be better."(USA Today)(9-12-2015)
Bowyer to Stewart-Haas? in 2017? or to HScott Motorsports? UPDATES: the biggest question is Clint Bowyer, 36, who controls his future today as much as he did when he left Richard Childress Racing to join MWR. With no apparent openings at major teams for next season, Bowyer might need a placeholder ride for a year - much like Kasey Kahne when he drove for Red Bull Racing before joining Hendrick's four-car juggernaut. After that, Bowyer would have more options. The garage has been buzzing for a few months about the possibility of Bowyer joining Stewart-Haas Racing, but to replace who? Reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick is locked in. Danica Patrick just signed a multi-year contract extension. And co-owner Tony Stewart said Tuesday that Kurt Busch's extension will be done "soon." That could leave Stewart, who is struggling to be competitive and has his best years behind him at 44. Could Bowyer drive at SHR in 2017? SHR spokesman Mike Arning told USA TODAY Sports the team wasn't commenting "out of respect for the situation involving Michael Waltrip Racing and its personnel." In the meantime, it doesn't sound like hooking up with Ganassi for one year is an option for Bowyer if Kauffman buys into the team, as the owner stated he planned to. Kauffman said he and Bowyer "agreed we would go our separate ways at the end of the season and I wish him well in whatever direction he pursues."(USA Today)
AND Perhaps the dissolution of MWR was the ticket Bowyer needed to move on. Despite entering the first year of a three-year renewal to drive the No. 15 Toyota, a dissolution of MWR would certainly enable Bowyer to pursue others options. In fact, he and Kaufmann have already agreed to go separate ways. If the rumor mill is right, Bowyer is headed to HScott Motorsports. Richard Petty Motorsports made Bowyer an offer several years ago and is interested in him again. But this is why HMS makes sense: Despite Harry Scott Jr. playing coy at Watkins Glen, following a salmon fishing trip with Bowyer in British Columbia, multiple sources say HScott Motorports could offer Bowyer a ride until a premiere seat opens up. Bowyer has been mentioned as the heir apparent for the #14 Chevy once Tony Stewart retires.
Initially, the assumption was that Bowyer would join Kauffman in his move to Chip Ganassi Racing. However, the current plan for CGR in 2016 is to run just two teams. Bowyer's statement on Wednesday offered no indication of his future plans, other than it would not include Kauffman or MWR.(Motorsport)(8-20-2015)
UPDATE: Claire B. Lang reported on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Friday evening that Clint Bowyer would move to HScott Motorsports in 2016 and then on to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 to replace Tony Stewart.
UPDATE 2: Nate Ryan reported on NASCAR America Saturday afternoon that HScott Motorsports says they will remain a two car team next season and #46-Michael Annett will return. The team said they are still working on Justin Allgiaer's deal for 2016.(9-5-2015)
UPDATE 3: Amid reports that Clint Bowyer might join its organization next season, HScott Motorsports says it won't be adding a third Sprint Cup car in 2016. The team expanded to a second full-time Chevy this season with Michael Annett joining for Justin Allgaier, who has driven for Harry Scott since 2013. Citing an unnamed source, SiriusXM Satellite Radio host Claire B. Lang reported Friday night that Bowyer would race for HScott Motorsports in '16 and move to Tony Stewart's #14 Chevy in 2017. Bowyer's future is in flux with the impending closure of Michael Waltrip Racing.Asked for comment, HScott Motorsports released this statement:
"Harry continues to work with Justin Allgaier and BRANDT Professional Agriculture on their contracts for next year and beyond. As far as a car count for next year, HScott Motorsports will be a two-car operation. Michael Annett will continue to drive for the team next year."
While it remains possible that Allgaier and Brandt might not return, which would open a potential spot for Bowyer, it seems there also are signs that HScott Motorsports might not have room for a new driver next year.(NBC Sports)(9-6-2015)
Allgaier working on return to HScott Motorsports UPDATE: It's crunch time for #51-Justin Allgaier. With only eight races left to qualify for this year's NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Central Illinois native is languishing in 29th place in the points standings and desperately needing a victory in one of the remaining outings to make the Chase field. There's also another matter where time is running out and a speedy performance is of the essence. "My contract is up at the end of this year, so we're still trying to figure all of the pieces out, still kind of working through all that," said Allgaier. Allgaier's Sprint Cup effort is sponsored by Brandt, a giant multi-national agribusiness concern headquartered in Springfield. Allgaier is hoping to see that arrangement continue beyond this season. "Obviously the ultimate goal would be to do what we're doing again and I have a great relationship with Brandt," he said. "I've been very fortunate to have them behind me, so I would hope we could keep putting something together. Their goal would be to have an entirely ag-based car. I know they haven't given up on that dream and they've been actively seeking partners to come in and be a part of the program." With Allgaier competing in the high-pressure, ultra-competitive world of multi-million dollar racing teams at NASCAR's elite level, it's vital that the pieces fall into place sooner than later.(Bloomington Pantagraph)(7-18-2015)
UPDATE: Harry Scott is close to re-signing Justin Allgaier. "Brandt has expressed an interest in coming back and doing what we're doing," said the team owner of HScott Motorsports. "And Justin wants to come back. So we'll be able to put it back together." While there has been talk of Scott moving his Cup operation to North Carolina, he says the game plan is to stay the course with a two-car team in Spartanburg, S.C. "My goal is to concentrate on doing our best with the two we have, getting them better and improving the program," Scott added. "Unless something changes, our plan right now is to stay where we are. We like our shop. We love South Carolina, Spartanburg."(Motorsport)(8-10-2015)
Switch Hitch sponsoring Allgaier at Michigan: The #51 Chevy's primary sponsor this weekend at MIS is Switch Hitch. This is Switch Hitch's first primary race with HScott Motorsports. Switch Hitch was a co-primary sponsor on the #51 Chevy at Martinsville Speedway earlier this season. Switch Hitch was invented by Terry Brinkley after he experienced problems with traditional hitch balls. Switch Hitch is a tri-ball hitch system designed to quickly switch from one ball to another through a patented switching and locking mechanism.(HScott Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #51 team paint schemes page.(6-11-2015)
SEM Products makes 2015 debut on #51: The #51 Chevy's primary sponsor this weekend at Pocono is SEM Products. Allgaier's car is painted with SEM Products' Hot Rod Black for this weekend. Hot Rod Black is the industry leading matte, two-component, single stage black for low gloss accent stripes, hoods or entire vehicles. Justin last ran a SEM paint scheme last year at the Bristol Motor Speedway spring race and drove it to a 17th-place position.(HScott Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #51 team paint schemes page.(6-4-2015)
Pit crew member ejected at Talladega for not wearing protective gear: A crew member from #51-Justin Allgaier's team was ejected from the GEICO 500 on Sunday when he was found handling a fuel can behind pit wall without wearing a helmet or head sock. Mark O'Donnell was removed from Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, the 2.66-mile trioval. Pit road fire safety has become a bigger issue recently after a blaze in an XFINITY Series race at Richmond injured three crewman from two different teams. A minor fire also erupted from a gas can during a #31-Ryan Newman pit stop on Sunday.(USA Today)(5-4-2015)
Fraternal Order of Eagles Joins #51 team for more two races: HScott Motorsports announced that Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) will be the primary sponsor of the #51 Chevy driven by Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) at Kansas in May. F.O.E. will also be the primary sponsor on the #51 car at Kentucky in July and the co-primary sponsor for three other to be determined races. In addition, F.O.E. is an associate sponsor on the #51 Chevy for the full 2015 NSCS season. The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international non-profit organization, unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. Founded in 1898, the Eagles fund research in areas such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer, and raise money for neglected and abused children and the aged, as well as work for social and civic change.
"Justin has been a great representative of the Eagles for years now and we're excited to see what he can do behind the wheel of the F.O.E. car in Kansas," said Fraternal Order of Eagles Grand Worthy President Bud Haigh. "The HScott Motorsports team has put together some really strong runs lately and we look forward to continuing that success on May 9."
"I am proud to have Fraternal Order of Eagles as part of our family at HScott Motorsports," said Harry Scott Jr., owner of HScott Motorsports. "Their commitment to our team shows the growth we continue to experience as a company. The Eagles focus on giving back to others in communities, and that's something we support as a team. Fraternal Order of Eagles has enjoyed their relationship with Justin, and I know they are very excited to continue their association."
"I'm glad to partner with the Fraternal Order of Eagles at HScott Motorsports," said Justin Allgaier. "I've enjoyed working with them and they've been a big supporter of racing. They're a great organization with involvement in local communities, and I'm happy to be associated with them on and off of the track."(HScott Motorsports), see images of the car/scheme on the #51 Team Schemes page.(4-28-2015)
Auto-Owners Insurance makes first appearance of 2015 on #51: Auto-Owners Insurance returns to Allgaier's #51 Chevy this weekend for their second season, and first 2015 race, with HScott Motorsports. The Tennessee-based Griffin Insurance Agency will be on the #51's TV panel to represent an independent Auto-Owners Insurance agency. Auto-Owners will also be on the #51 Chevy at Talladega II and Martinsville II. Several North Carolina independent Auto-Owners Insurance agents spent Tuesday at the HScott Motorsports shop in Spartanburg, S.C. for a private tour given by Justin Allgaier and lunch.(HScott Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #51 team paint schemes page.(4-16-2015)
"Flipping Ships" sponsoring Allgaier: Justin Allgaier will drive the #51 Flipping Ships Chevy this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Flipping Ships is a TV series based around singer Edwin McCain and his Boats Have Souls business and is set to premier on Friday, April 24 at 10:00pm/et on Animal Planet. In the six-part series, Edwin takes abandoned boats and restores them for charity and clients. The first episode features Edwin's friend and fellow singer, Darius Rucker, as they team up to restore a boat for the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital charity auction.(HScott Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #51 team paint schemes page.(4-8-2015)
New sponsors on the #51 at Martinsville: This weekend, the Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E) and Switch Hitch adorn the #51 Chevy driven by Justin Allgaier as co-primary sponsors. F.O.E is an international non-profit membership exclusive organization that gives back in the form of grants and hosts fundraisers to assist charities. F.O.E has over 800,000 members, with more than 1,300 in the women's auxiliary. Switch Hitch was invented by Terry Brinkley after he experienced problems with traditional hitch balls. Switch Hitch is a tri-ball hitch system designed to quickly switch from one ball to another through a patented switching and locking mechanism.(HScott Motorsports). Fraternal Order of Eagles will be a primary sponsor at Kansas and a co-primary at three other races in 2015. See an image of the Martinsville scheme on the #51 team paint schemes page.(3-26-2015)
Allgaier and Keselowski penalized after Las Vegas: The #51 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This infraction is a P3 level penalty and violates the following Sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:
12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;
20.3.5: Added ballast containers:
a. Any and all ballast added to the vehicle must be bolted inside an added ballast container, inside the main frame rails, and/or inside the front sway bar.
b. Added ballast must be secured in a manner that will prevent movement of the ballast during an event.
184.108.40.206: Overall vehicle weight after competition:
b. After a vehicle has raced, only water in the radiator, oil in the engine reservoir tank, and fuel in the fuel cell may be added. Wheels and tires may not be changed, unless otherwise authorized by NASCAR Officials.
c. After a vehicle has raced, the minimum overall vehicle weight of all vehicles must be within 0.5% of the minimum overall vehicle weight required at the start of the race.
Ballast was observed falling off the #51 car during the race and the #51 car did not meet post-race minimum weight requirements. As a result of the violation, crew chief Steve Addington has been fined $25,000.
AND The #2 team has been penalized for a rules infraction committed when it was discovered that the right and left rear quarter panel wheel openings were modified after qualifying inspection on March 6. This infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates the following Sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:
12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;
20.4.b: Body - All approved OEM-manufactured body components must be used as supplied except as required to stiffen, or to attach to other vehicle components. Tolerances from CAD surfaces and template tolerances are provided to allow for manufacturing, fabrication, and installation variability;
20.4.2: Surface Conformance - Coordinate measuring machines, scanning equipment, and templates, among other tools, will be used to inspect body surfaces for conformance to the approved OEM and NASCAR CAD files.
As a result of this violation, crew chief Paul Wolfe has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(3-10-2015)
#51 car found to be too light after race: Following the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NASCAR announced that the #51 HScott Motorsports Chevy, driven by Justin Allgaier, was light on the scales in post-race inspection. Some weight was found on the track, and NASCAR said it will check to see if it came off the car. Along with Allgaier's car, NASCAR will take the winning #4 Stewart-Haas Racing car (to the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, NC), driven by Kevin Harvick, and the runner-up #78 Furniture Row ride of Martin Truex Jr. Any infractions for the #51 team likely would be announced on Tuesday.(NASCAR.com)(3-9-2015)
National FFA Week begins: Saturday, February 21 kicks off National FFA Week, which continues through Saturday, February 28. The FFA logo rides on the #51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevy's decklid each week with Justin Allgaier behind the wheel. BRANDT has partnered with the FFA to help promote agriculture in our nation's youth.(HScott Motorsports)(2-21-2015)
F.O.E. Teams Up With H.Scott Motorsports in 2015: For the first time ever, F.O.E. Racing is taking the track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with H.Scott Motorsports. This season, the Eagles appear twice as primary sponsor and four times as a co-primary sponsor (on either the hood or the rear quarter panels) in NASCAR's premier circuit. The Fraternal Order of Eagles will appear on the #51 Chevy of Justin Allgaier throughout the season and will serve as an associate sponsor of H.Scott Motorsports entries in the Sprint Cup and Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) Series' for the duration of the season. Look for the F.O.E. on the #51 car at Kansas in May and one other race. F.O.E. will be a co-primary Sponsor at Martinsville in March, New Hampshire in September, Dover in October and one other race.(F.O.E.)(2-19-2015)
Auto-Owners Insurance Re-Signs with HScott Motorsports For Multiple Races: HScott Motorsports announced that Auto-Owners Insurance will continue its relationship with the #51 Chevy driven by Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). Auto-Owners Insurance will be the primary sponsor for three races during the 2015 season. The #51 will hit the track in the blue and white Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme at Bristol in April, Talladega in October and Martinsville in November. The three-race sponsorship marks the second season Auto-Owners has been involved in the NSCS and with HScott Motorsports. Auto-Owners Insurance, a Fortune 500 company, is the 15th-largest property and casualty insurer in the country, based on written premiums. Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Auto-Owners Insurance employs more than 4,200 associates. The company, comprised of five property and casualty companies and a life company, writes business in 26 states through 6,200 local independent agencies. "We are pleased to continue our sponsorship of the #51 Sprint Cup Series team and driver Justin Allgaier," said Jeff Harrold, Chairman and CEO of Auto-Owners Insurance. "We are looking forward to the race weekends at Bristol, Talladega and Martinsville. Justin had a great rookie season and we anticipate another exciting year in 2015."
"I'm thrilled to welcome Auto-Owners Insurance back as part of our family of partners at HScott Motorsports," said Harry Scott Jr., owner of HScott Motorsports. "I think their return speaks volumes about the direction of HScott Motorsports and Justin as a driver. Not only has their presence on the track expanded, but so has their relationship with our team away from the track by them becoming the official auto insurance for us and Justin."
"I can't thank Auto-Owners Insurance enough for returning to HScott Motorsports and to my car during the 2015 season," said Allgaier. "They're a great company, and I really enjoyed getting to know them and spending time with them last year. Having the support of such a solid company is an honor, and I want to make them proud this year."(HScott Motorsports)(1-28-2015)
Michael Annett joins HScott Motorsports as second full-time driver: HScott Motorsports enters the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season with a new look as it expands to two cars. Justin Allgaier will return to the #51 BRANDT Chevy while Michael Annett joins the team and will drive a Chevrolet adorned by longtime anchor partner Pilot Flying J. "The addition of a second team increases HScott's overall ability to better utilize its resources at track and at the shop to be even more competitive," said team owner Harry Scott Jr. "I'm proud to have seen Justin truly mature as a NSCS driver last year, and I can't wait to see what he does this year. Like Justin, Michael is coming off his rookie year following six years of competition in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Michael is a quality driver with a great future at HScott Motorsports. These drivers compliment one another and will make great teammates."
"This is as excited as I've been for a new season, I can't wait to get to Daytona and fire the engines," said Allgaier. "I'm looking forward to carrying the momentum from the end of last season over to this year. Michael is a great addition to our organization and I'm glad to have a teammate to compete with each week."
BRANDT Professional Agriculture, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, returns as the primary sponsor of the #51 Chevy for 21 races, beginning with the Daytona 500 on February 22. Auto-Owners Insurance will also be the primary partner on the #51 for three races.
"Justin and the #51 team continue to be a great source of pride for BRANDT employees and customers, and we are all looking forward to a great 2015 season," said BRANDT President and CEO Rick Brandt. "I'm excited for the opportunity to drive for HScott Motorsports," said Annett. "I am impressed with the way Harry is building his NASCAR teams. Harry and competition director Steve Addington have a long-term vision and I'm honored to be part of it. I'm also looking forward to having Justin as a teammate." Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel retail centers, will be a primary partner on Annett's car. Other partners include Cypress Associates, Inc., Allstate Peterbilt Group and Northland Oil.(HScott Motorsports), no car number for Annett was announced. Annett drove the #7 Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2014.(1-27-2015)
BRANDT returns to sponsor the #51 in 2015: BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced they will return as a primary sponsor of the #51 driven by Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. BRANDT will be the primary sponsor for 21 races over the 2015 season. 2015 will be BRANDT's second year in NASCAR's top series and fifth year as a primary sponsor with driver Allgaier and team owner Harry Scott Jr. in a NASCAR national series. "The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series brings awareness to our brand beyond traditional marketing efforts and serves as a platform to conduct business in a unique atmosphere," said Rick Brandt, President & CEO of BRANDT. "NASCAR enables us to connect and engage with our grower customers and distribution partners in ways that are otherwise impossible."
"I am very happy to have BRANDT back aboard the #51 in 2015," added team owner Harry Scott Jr. "This will be our fifth year partnering with the folks at BRANDT, and the second year for HScott Motorsports in the Cup Series. We learned a lot as a team in 2014 and I am excited for what 2015 will bring for Justin, Crew Chief Steve Addington and everyone at HScott Motorsports and BRANDT."
The sponsorship marks the fifth year that BRANDT has supported Riverton, IL native Justin Allgaier. "I am thrilled that the BRANDT Professional Agriculture brand will be the primary sponsor of the #51," said driver Justin Allgaier. "I'm looking forward to my second season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, thanks to BRANDT. They are a great partner and I'm looking forward to our continued success together.
"Justin has been a great ambassador for BRANDT both on and off the track," explained Brandt. "The agriculture industry knows and respects Justin as a person and a driver. He really understands our business and how we can grow it through NASCAR."
Joining BRANDT on the car are the National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation, PT&E, TradeMark Nitrogen, Grigg Brothers and BRANDT iHammer brands to make up a complete Ag car.(HScott Motorsports)(1-25-2015)
Chili Bowl winner gets NASCAR ride: HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks announced that USAC National Midget champion and open wheel standout, Rico Abreu, will join the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team in 2015. Abreu, 22, competed in more than 100 open-wheel races in 2014 in the United States and New Zealand. He posted 26 wins across 410 winged and non-winged sprint car, 360 winged sprints, and USAC midget competition in which he also won the national championship. Abreu most recently won the 2015 Chili Bowl Nationals last weekend. Abreu's #98 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East entry will be led by veteran K&N crew chief Mardy Lindley. Lindley has amassed five-career victories in three seasons, along with the 2013 K&N title with driver Dylan Kwasniewski. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season gets underway on February 15 at New Smyrna Speedway. Abreu will kick-start his experience in stock cars and on pavement by competing in the Pete Orr Memorial Super Late Model event also at New Smyrna Speedway this Saturday, February 24.(PR)
AND Sources tell ESPN The Magazine that these races will serve as the first stages of a driver development agreement with Chip Ganassi Racing, whom Larson drives for in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ganassi did little to keep the secret on Saturday night, following the Chili Bowl finish by excitedly posting in his second-ever (and since deleted) tweet: "There's a name you'll be hearing more of. Stay Tuned!" Also among the most notable post-Chili Bowl congratulatory tweets was one from NASCAR VP of Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell: "Congrats @Rico_Abreu looking forward to seeing you in #nascar."(ESPN)(1-21-2015)
Annett moving to HScott Motorsports? Multiple sources have confirmed that Michael Annett and his Pilot/Flying J sponsorship will jump from Tommy Baldwin Racing (#7) to the HScott Motorsports stable in 2015, running the entire 36-race championship schedule as a teammate to #51-Justin Algaier. Annett finished 33rd in points at the wheel of TBR's #7 Chevy in 2014; his rookie year of Sprint Cup Series competition. The team managed a top finish of 16th at Talladega Superspeedway in May. Annett declined to comment on the move when contacted earlier today (Tuesday), but sources close to the situation say he will race as a teammate to Algaier and the #51 Brandt Chevy, making HScott Motorsports a two-car operation for the first time in their brief Sprint Cup Series history. Calls placed to team owner Harry Scott, Jr. were not immediately returned.(Godfather Motorsports). HScott Motorsports ran an 2nd car for the Daytona 500 in 2014, with Bobby Labonte driving the #52 Florida Lottery Chevy to a 16th place finish. It was the only attempt of the season for the #52 team.(1-20-2015)
Allgaier will return to #51 team: Harry Scott has moved on from his partnership with Steve Turner. Scott announced on Thursday the formation of two new entities: HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi and HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks. Scott will continue his Sprint Cup operation with Justin Allgaier behind the wheel. Scott's alliance with Ganassi will provide a home for his former #42 team Nationwide effort. However, the 2015 Xfinity Series team will now feature a combined effort for Kyle Larson and Dylan Kwasniewski and be based out of Ganiassi's Sprint Cup shop in Concord, N.C. In the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Scott and Marks will provide a platform for four teams next season featuring Scott Heckert and rookie candidates William Byron, J.J. Haley and Dalton Sargeant.(Motorsport)(12-13-2014)
Auto-Owners Insurance Joins HScott Motorsports for two races: HScott Motorsports announced that Auto-Owners Insurance will sponsor the #51 Chevy driven by Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta and Martinsville. The two-race sponsorship marks the first time Auto-Owners has been involved in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Auto-Owners Insurance, a Fortune 500 company, is the 15th-largest insurer in the country, based on written premiums. Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Auto-Owners Insurance employs more than 4,200 associates. The company is comprised of five property and casualty companies and a life company, and writes business in 26 states through 6,200 local independent agencies.
"We are pleased to announce our sponsorship of the #51 Sprint Cup Series team and driver Justin Allgaier," said Jeff Harrold, chairman and CEO of Auto-Owners Insurance. "It's exciting for us to be backing such a promising young driver early on in his Sprint Cup career. We're looking forward to the Atlanta and Martinsville race weekends."
"I welcome Auto-Owners Insurance as part of our family of partners that make HScott Motorsports more and more competitive each week," said Harry Scott Jr., owner of HScott Motorsports. "This is their first time as a sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the commitment of such a quality company speaks volumes about both HScott Motorsports as a race team and our driver Justin Allgaier."
"Having Auto-Owners Insurance on the car at Atlanta and Martinsville is a big deal to me and the entire team," said Justin Allgaier. "It's great to have such a large company, and one with a lot of history, on my car in the coming weeks. I can't thank Jeff and his entire company enough for their support."(HScott Motorsports)(8-22-2014)
UPDATE: This weekend, Justin Allgaier's #51 HScott Motorsports Chevy will sport the blue and white colors of Auto-Owners Insurance. AMS is the first of two races that Auto-Owners will adorn the car this season. Auto-Owners will also be on the #51 at Martinsville. Auto-Owners Insurance, a Fortune 500 company, is the 15th-largest property and casualty insurer in the country, based on written premiums. Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Auto-Owners Insurance employs more than 4,200 associates. The company is comprised of five property and casualty companies and a life company, and writes business in 26 states through 6,200 local independent agencies (HScott Motorsports), see an image of the scheme on the #51 Team Schemes page.(8-28-2014)
Phoenix Racing renamed HScott Motorsports: Harry Scott Jr. announced 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 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 #51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet SS fulltime and Bobby Labonte to drive the #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. The team also hired NSCS veteran Steve Addington to serve as competition director and the crew chief for the #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 #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 #52 Chevy.(Tuckahoe Strategies)(2-5-2014)
Barkdoll leaves Phoenix Racing: Phoenix Racing general manager Steve Barkdoll has parted ways with the NASCAR Sprint Cup team. The move comes one week after new owner Harry Scott Jr., co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports, formally took control of the # 51 team formerly owned by James Finch. The team made its debut under new ownership last Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway with Justin Allgaier behind the wheel of the #51 Brandt Chevy.(Fox Sports)(9-18-2013)
Harry Scott, Jr. Reaches Agreement with Phoenix Racing - MORE: Harry Scott, Jr. has come to a definitive agreement with James Finch to purchase Phoenix Racing. Scott will formally take over control of the team as its owner on September 10, 2013 with Justin Allgaier behind the wheel of the #51 Chevy in time for the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. "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," said Scott. "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." Scott's role as a co-owner in Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) is unchanged and he will continue to take an active role in that team on and off the track. "I owe a lot of gratitude to Steve Turner for bringing me into the sport as an owner. My experience at TSM will continue to serve me well in this next step," said Scott. Driver Justin Allgaier is making the move with Scott from TSM to Phoenix Racing and will be the team's driver in the #51 Chevy for its debut at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15 and two additional races this year. Allgaier, who is currently 5th in points in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), will continue his pursuit of a championship in that series for TSM. Scott has signed a deal with BRANDT to be the primary sponsor of the #51 for three NSCS races this season. BRANDT, which also sponsors Allgaier in the NNS for Turner Scott Motorsports, will be the primary sponsor of the #51 at Chicagoland, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Allgaier will be the driver for each of those races. Scott has committed to keeping the Phoenix Racing team intact for the remainder of the season. Allgaier's crew chief will be Nick Harrison. Harrison is a third year crew chief and has worked with several drivers including Kurt Busch, Landon Cassill and A.J. Allmendinger. Phoenix Racing's general manager, Steve Barkdoll, will continue in his role after Scott takes over. The team will continue its relationships and alliances with Chevy, Hendrick Motorsports and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
Scott is working with NASCAR for final approval.(Tuckahoe Strategies)(8-28-2013)
UPDATE: Justin Allgaier, currently fifth in NASCAR Nationwide Series standings, will ... drive the #51 at [Chicago], Charlotte and Talladega. Scott said he has a driver in mind for the other seven races remaining in the 2013, adding the team would make another announcement on that front in the coming weeks. Phoenix Racing will remain a single entity and not be merged with Turner Scott, which Scott owns along with Steve Turner, and fields cars on three other NASCAR circuits. Scott believes all that's keeping the #51 car from being more consistently competitive is sponsorship -- and he says the team now has enough to finish out the 2013 season, as well as some already in place for the next two years. "In my opinion, they've been on the cusp. They've been competitive at times, so they've shown the ability to be competitive. Really what they've lacked is sponsorship, and we've got some. We've been fortunate to team up with some good partners, and that, I think, is going to give us what those guys have needed as far as a little more resources to kind of get them over the hump, to kind of take them to the next level," Scott said. "That gives us the ability to plan and invest and know that we've got these two years to kind of prove ourselves and attract even more sponsorship. And potentially in '16, maybe we'll have two cars. It's going to give us what we need in order to succeed, in order to be confident you're making a good investment. We will have time to pay our dues." The only sponsor announced thus far for the #51 car is Brandt, the agricultural products company that backs Allgaier's Nationwide car, which will appear on the vehicle for the three Sprint Cup events for which he's behind the wheel. Scott said the rest would be filled out by a variety of backers, although one company will serve as the team's primary sponsorship source, and there is inventory remaining on the vehicle going forward.(NASCAR.com)(8-29-2013)
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