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Former NASCAR owner Harry Scott passes away

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Harry Scott Jr., who owned NASCAR teams in the Cup, Xfinity, and K&N Pro Series East, died Wednesday. He was 51.

“We are shocked and saddened to confirm that Harry Scott, Jr., age 51, passed away yesterday, August 2, 2017,’’ the family said in a statement. “Harry will be remembered as a loving family man and successful business owner. We ask that everyone please keep Harry’s smile, generosity and essential kindness in your thoughts and prayers. Details about funeral services will be announced when they are finalized.”

NASCAR issued a statement: “Harry Scott Jr. possessed an endless passion for racing. Owning cars in the national series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, his crowning achievements were his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championships. The sport was proud to have Harry as our champion owner during that storybook era. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Among those who drove for Scott were William Byron (K&N), Ben Rhodes (K&N), Kyle Larson (Cup & Xfinity), Bobby Labonte (Cup), Clint Bowyer (Cup), Justin Allgaier (Cup & Xfinity) and Michael Annett (Cup).

Scott entered NASCAR as a sponsor in 2008. In 2011, he became an owner in Turner Motorsports’ Xfinity team. In 2013, he became co-owner with Steve Turner of the rebranded Turner Scott Motorsports team.

Scott moved to Cup when he purchased James Finch’s Phoenix Racing team in 2013, forming HScott Motorsports. In 2014, Scott partnered with Justin Marks to form HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks in the K&N East Pro Series. Rhodes won the 2014 title. Byron won the 2015 series title.

Scott announced last year he would not be fielding any teams in 2017.

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HScott Motorsports will not compete in NASCAR in 2017

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HScott Motorsports announced Monday it will not field a team in NASCAR’s premier series in 2017.

The move had been expected for some time.

The team sold its charter that was used for the No. 15 car of Clint Bowyer to Premium Motorsports. The charter the organization leased from Premium Motorsports for the No. 46 car of Michael Annett was sold by Premium Motorsports to Furniture Row Racing for the No. 77 car rookie Erik Jones will drive in 2017.

Bowyer will drive the No. 14 at Stewart-Haas Racing in place of Tony Stewart next year, and Annett moves to the Xfinity Series to drive for JR Motorsports.

Harry Scott Jr., issued a statement Monday that read:

Over the past several months I considered a number of options for moving forward with the team. Regrettably there are no viable sponsor/driver options immediately available to allow the team to participate in 2017.

“One thing I learned about NASCAR is that it is a ‘people business.’ I will forever be grateful to the men and women who worked tirelessly to make HScott Racing successful. This includes our dedicated employees, sponsors and partners. We were fortunate to have the support of world-class sponsors like Brandt, DC Solar, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Pilot Flying J, and 5 hour ENERGY. Our racing program would not have been possible without the assistance of Rick Hendrick, Hendrick Motorsports, and Chevrolet.

“I love this sport and being part of it. I invested in NASCAR because I truly believe it represents the best racing competition in the world and the best people in all sports. Looking back, I will always be especially proud of the unprecedented success of our NASCAR K&N Series teams, including four consecutive championships and for the lifelong friendships that were forged over the last seven years. My hope is that we were able to develop drivers that will thrive at the highest levels for years to come.

Scott purchased Phoenix Racing from long-time car owner James Finch in August 2013. Justin Allgaier joined the team and ran all but one race in 2014-15. The organization moved to two cars in 2015 when Annett joined. Bowyer replaced Allgaier for this past season.

HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks won the last four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East titles. Those drivers were Justin Haley (2016), William Byron (2015), Ben Rhodes (2014) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013).

Clint Bowyer, Harry Scott Jr. settle lawsuit

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Clint Bowyer and Harry Scott Jr., owner of HScott Motorsports, announced Thursday that they have settled the recent lawsuit filed by Clint Bowyer Racing.

Bowyer sought $2.223 million, according to a lawsuit filed Nov. 21 in North Carolina Superior Court.

According to a joint statement from Clint Bowyer Racing and HScott Motorsports, “Mr. Scott provided additional information to Mr. Bowyer, of which he was not aware, which satisfied him that the claims asserted against Mr. Scott should be dismissed. (Clint Bowyer Racing) and HScott Motorsports then reached a mutual and amicable confidential settlement as to the claims for the debt owed to (Clint Bowyer Racing).”

Said Scott in a statement: “I am glad our race team and Clint Bowyer Racing were able to reach a quick resolution. I wish Clint the best of luck in his career moving forward.”

In a statement, Bowyer said: “I want to thank all the team members for their hard work all season. I’m looking forward to the 2017 season and beyond and wish Harry Scott all the best in the future.”

Bowyer drove for HScott Motorsports this past season after losing his ride with Michael Waltrip at the end of the 2015 season when that team ceased operations. Bowyer takes over the No. 14 from Tony Stewart, who retired after this past season, at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017.

Clint Bowyer files suit against HScott Motorsports

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Clint Bowyer seeks at least $2.223 million from HScott Motorsports in a lawsuit filed in North Carolina Superior Court, ESPN.com reported Monday.

Bowery alleges the team missed two monthly payments to him and a commission for bringing sponsorship to the team, according to the lawsuit.

ESPN.com reported that Bowyer filed the suit for breach of contract and fraud on Nov. 21. ESPN.com reported that Bowyer alleges that car owner Harry Scott did not pay him money owed him Oct. 20 and Nov. 20 for a total of $1.2 million. Bowyer also alleges, according the suit, that he is owed at least $1 million from sponsorship Bowyer claims to have brought to the team.

HScott Motorsports spokesperson Ramsey Poston stated: “We are aware of the lawsuit. Obviously we won’t speak about the details of the suit but I can say that overall it is frivolous and capricious. It is also important to know that Mr. Scott has used personal resources to loan money to the race team to support it, and to allege that he has taken money out of the race team is simply false. Mr. Scott and the team will aggressively defend itself and will ultimately prevail.”

Bowyer ran this past season for HScott Motorsports. Bowyer joined that team because he lost his ride with Michael Waltrip Racing when that organization shut down after the 2015 season. Bowyer takes over Tony Stewart‘s No. 14 ride at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017.

Michael Annett gets new crew chief

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HScott Motorsports announced that Mike Hillman Sr. will become Michael Annett‘s crew chief.

Hillman replaces Jay Guy, who has been promoted to technical director and will report to Steve Addington, the team’s competition director.

“We are making these moves today in order to strengthen our management team and develop better lines of communications to improve performance,” said owner, Harry Scott, Jr. in a statement from the team. “Jay Guy’s promotion adds a layer of management we need between the two teams to better coordinate and communicate. Mike Hillman, Sr. brings more than 25 years of experience to the No. 46.”

Guy has been with HScott Motorsports since 2015. Hillman started Hillman Racing in 2012, which competed in the Sprint Cup Series through the start of this season.

Annett is 37th in the points, the lowest of all drivers who have started every race this year. Teammate Clint Bowyer is 26th in the points.