The comedown came quick for Richard Childress Racing’s Brian Scott at Talladega Superspeedway.
Just hours after he’d claimed his inaugural Sprint Cup pole for tomorrow’s Aaron’s 499, Scott was involved in an eight-car incident on Lap 62 of today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron’s 312.
Scott was tapped in the left-rear bumper in Turn 3 by Trevor Bayne, which sent him into another car on the inside and then back up into the wall to collect Bayne, Brendan Gaughan, and Ty Dillon. Also involved in the incident were early race leader Ryan Reed, Kyle Larson, Robert Richardson and Mike Harmon.
Neither Scott or Childress were pleased with Bayne’s driving. Some of the reporters at Talladega were able to capture their frustration over the team radio.
“Anybody that’s done superspeedway racing [knows] you can’t do that,” Scott said later to ESPN. “It turns them immediately…Stupid move, and at halfway through the race, there was no need for it.
“It wrecked a lot of good cars [and] tore up a lot of stuff, and it’s unfortunate when you’re a victim of stupidity…I hated it. That Chevrolet was feeling good out front.”
We’ll have more on today’s race later on MotorSportsTalk.
One of the Road to Indy’s most talented young drivers will climb another step up the development system ladder this season.
Kyle Kirkwood, the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion, has signed a contract to race for Andretti Autosport in the 2020 Indy Lights season. Kirkwood will drive the No. 28 car for the reigning championship team.
A native of Jupiter, Florida, 21-year-old Kirkwood has been incredibly successful in junior formulas over the last few years. He won the F4 US Championship 2017 and won both the F3 Americas and USF2000 titles in 2018.
Driving for RP Motorsport Racing, Kirkwood won 9 of 16 races in his maiden Indy Pro 2000 season last year, allowing him to win his fourth championship in three years and earn the Road to Indy scholarship.
“We are very excited about the addition of Kyle to our Indy Lights program,” Andretti Autosport CEO and Chairman Michael Andretti said. “We’ve followed Kyle’s career from when he started in 2018 with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and have been impressed with his success in every race that led to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship last year. As a championship-caliber team, Kyle displays the desire and talent that we look for in our drivers and are excited to see him hit the track for the 2020 Indy Lights season.”
Kirkwood previously drove for Andretti in a two-day test session at Sebring International Raceway in December. He will make his official debut for the team in the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg on March 14-15.
“I am ecstatic that I can now say I am competing in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season,” Kirkwood said. “They have established a winning program in Indy Lights and we plan on carrying that reputation throughout 2020.
“We are a fantastic match for each other and our Sebring test in December proved that.”
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