Harry Scott purchases Phoenix Racing, Justin Allgaier to drive three races


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Harry Scott has purchased Phoenix Racing and will give Justin Allgaier three starts in the No. 51 car to close out the 2013 season.

Scott says he has a driver in mind for the remaining seven races but did not comment who it could be.

NASCAR.com reports that:

The sale included the team’s shop in Spartanburg, S.C., and all its assets. Scott plans to keep the organization’s core intact, with Nick Harrison remaining as crew chief on the No. 51 car, and Finch filling the role of “chairman emeritus.” Phoenix will also maintain its ties with Hendrick Motorsports, from which it obtains engines, as does Turner Scott.

Allgaier, a mainstay at the Nationwide team that Scott owns with Steve Turner, will compete at Chicagoland, Charlotte and Talladega.

Scott says that the plan for Phoenix Racing is to remain a one car team, unlinked to his Natonwide program.

“Steve had an opportunity to participate in the Phoenix deal, and he declined because of all his other business obligations. But by the same token, when I came into Turner Motorsports, he had already paid his dues and gotten it to that point. If he were to come to me if we were to be successful and he decided he wanted to be a part of it one day, I’d definitely welcome that. But at this point, there is absolutely no plan for that. They’ll be two separate organizations.”

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Scott believes that the team has enough funding to finish out the 2013 season and parts of the next two seasons. The only known sponsorship for the team this season comes in the form of BRANDT who will sponsor the three races which feature Allgaier in the car.

A three time winner in the Nationwide Series, the race at Chicagoland will be the first for Allgaier in the Sprint Cup Series.

“Twenty-two years of racing have come down to this point. That was the goal when I started, and it’s great because I know it’s not just one race, it’s three races, and hopefully that goes well and can lead to bigger and better things. At the same time, I can sit back and think about all the people who have helped me along the way … and this makes me really appreciate them and what they’ve done to help me get to this point.”

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