Richard Petty Motorsports
Ford EcoBoost 400 Qualifying Report
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at Homestead-Miami Speedway and has reached the final race of the 2016 race season. The No. 44 Safeway Ford tagged the wall during first practice, requiring repairs for right side damage. The team was able to get the car back on track in practice, with good handling for Brian Scott. Scott made two attempts in the first round of qualifying to advance to round ...two, and was successful in the second run. After making one attempt in round two, the No. 44 Safeway Ford will start 22nd on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The No. 43 Smithfield Ford was tight during practice, and the tight conditions carried over into qualifying. Falling below the cutoff to the second round at the very end of round one, Aric Almirola will start in 25th place on Sunday.
1: Kevin Harvick
22: Brian Scott, No. 44 Safeway Ford
25: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford
To all my fans, friends, crew members(past & present) and wonderful people I've met in racing over the years: First, I want to say thank you for the support, friendship and good memories made. My decision to end one chapter in my life and change my focus going forward was not a decision I made or approached lightly. Racing has always been a passion of mine, and that will never change. Over the past couple of years I have begun a family of my own, and it has grown. I'm blessed... to have an amazing wife and two incredible kids. The Sprint Cup Series schedule has taken its toll on me and caused me to re-evaluate what I want in life for myself and for my family. Through countless time in prayer with my family, the Lord has made it clear its time for me to focus on my family and put them first. I would be lying to say I wont miss racing, in fact I will miss it very much, but I'm looking forward to making memories with my family hunting, fishing, camping, ball games, recitals, and being there to support them in whatever they decide to do! I cant possibly name everyone that has supported me through the years, but I take comfort in knowing that you all know who you are. It has meant the world to me to have your friendship and unwavering support over the years. I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart! God Bless. Sincerely, Brian
Richard Petty Motorsports Partners with the American Red Cross for Martinsville Speedway Race on October 30
Team up with Brian Scott and No. 44 Ford to Raise Funds for Hurricane Matthew Victims
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 25, 2016) - Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that the American Red Cross, one of the nation's premier humanitarian organizations, will be featured as the primary partner on the No. 44 Ford Fusion driven by Brian Scott this weekend at Martinsville Spe...edway. With a history of giving back to the community, Richard Petty Motorsports and Scott will support giving back to the victims of Hurricane Matthew with a paint scheme donning a phone number to text and donate money to relief efforts.
More than two weeks after Hurricane Matthew struck Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and parts of Virginia, the American Red Cross has served more than 1.3 million meals and snacks, and provided 99,000 overnight shelter stays to people in need, prompting the charity to issue a call for the public's help.
"With the significance that Hurricane Matthew had on the Carolinas, Virginia and really all of the southeast coast, we knew it was extremely important to give back to our community in a partnership with the American Red Cross," Richard Petty, co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, said. "One of the best things we can do for our community is to give back, and after seeing the impact Hurricane Matthew had on cities like Lumberton, Kinston and others cities in the coast plains of NC, , we think partnering with Red Cross is an integral part in helping with the relief efforts of fans in those areas. We have cities completely under water where our neighbors have lost everything!"
The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Fans can help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting http://www.redcross.org/rpm-pub, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999, which will be featured on the No. 44 Ford Fusion this weekend, to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
"We truly appreciate the partnership of Richard Petty and Brian Scott, and all the racing fans who are so generously supporting our work," said Selma Bouhl, Red Cross VP Brand & Marketing Strategy. "We're in the middle of a vast response effort and will be helping people affected by Hurricane Matthew to recover for as long as we are needed."
This will be the first time Richard Petty Motorsports and the American Red Cross have partnered together for a primary race. Scott has one start at Martinsville Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series, finishing 26th in the spring race earlier this season.
The No. 44 Red Cross Ford will hit the track for Sunday's Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Richard Petty Motorsports
Talladega 500 Race Report
Talladega 500 Race Results:
1: Joey Logano...
2: Brian Scott, No. 44 Goody's Ford
8: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford
Richard Petty Motorsports returned to the 2.66-mile track of Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Both cars showed speed in the draft in practice before Sunday's 500 mile race. Brian Scott looked more like a veteran than a rookie, running in the Top 10 for the majority of the race. He wheeled his No. 44 Goody's Ford to a second-place finish, his career-best in the series and the team's top finish this season. Aric Almirola ran in the Top 20 for the majority of the race and used a late-race charge during a green-white-checkered finish to score his first Top-10 finish of the season, crossing the finishline in eighth.
The duo's Top-10 finishes mark Richard Petty Motorsports 121st and 122nd Top 10 finishes. The last time both Richard Petty Motorsports teams scored duel Top-10 finishes was in 2014 at Daytona International Speedway.
Brian Scott, No. 44 Goody's Ford
In just his fourth Sprint Cup Series career start at Talladega Superspeedway, Brian Scott earned his best Cup Series finish, finishing second to race winner Joey Logano. Prior to today's second-place finish, Scott's best finish in the Sprint Cup Series was 12th at both Kansas Speedway and Auto Club Speedway. The runner up position is also the best finish for Richard Petty Motorsports this season.
Scott and the No. 44 Goody's team only ran one of the two practices on Friday at Talladega, running with the draft and practicing for 500 miles of close-quarter racing in the pack. The team finished Friday's practice seventh before qualifying on Saturday afternoon. Running in single-car qualifying, Scott had the 25th-fastest lap, setting the starting position for Sunday's race.
On a picture-perfect day in Alabama, Scott set his sights early on which lane would work best for the No. 44 Goody's Ford and making his way toward the front of the field to stay out of trouble should a wreck occur behind him. Happy with the handling, Scott figured out that his Ford Fusion ran best on the top line and stayed that way, racing three-wide through the first 30 laps of the 188-lap race. Getting in a good line of cars, Scott made his way to the Top 10 and was able to stay there during the duration of the race.
Great pit stops by the No. 44 Goody's team and pit strategy to take two tires on two of the four pit stops kept Scott at the front of the field and in front of any potential wrecks behind him. Running in the Top Five for the final 30 laps of the race, Scott was able to work with the cars around him to continue moving to the front. The caution came out on Lap 186, causing a green-white-checkered finish. Scott restarted on the outside line in the second position and teamed up with Denny Hamlin to cross the finishline in the second spot.
Comments from Brian Scott after qualifying at Talladega:
"We had a decent qualifying run at Talladega this afternoon. We found some speed in our No. 44 Goody's Ford yesterday during practice when we ran in the draft, and I know we can carry that momentum into the race tomorrow. It's Talladega, and anything can happen here at any point during the race. We'll just be prepared to be on our toes and hopefully be there with a clean racecar at the end of 500 miles."
Richard Petty Motorsports
Talladega 500 Qualifying Report
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to Alabama for the final superspeedway race of the year. Each race at Talladega Superspeedway is a wildcard race where anything can happen, and this visit is no different. The No. 44 Goody's Ford had a great first practice on Friday that included running with the draft and a single-car run. Happy with the car's handling, Brian Scott did not run in the second... practice session. Scott qualified in 25th place during Saturday afternoon's single-car qualifying. The No. 43 Smithfield Ford team focused on handling in the draft during Friday's practice sessions. Aric Almirola had the car handling how he needed it to in the draft and liked it's handling during his single-car, mock-qualifying runs. He will start 26th on Sunday at Talladega.
1: Martin Truex Jr.
25: Brian Scott, No. 44 Goody's Ford
26: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford