NASCAR team owner Harry Scott Jr died August 2 at the age of 51. No official cause of death was announced, only a statement from the family that they were shocked and saddened by the event.
Scott is a former owner and co-owner of a Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Camping World Truck teams. He also owned cars in the K&N Pro Series where he owned a championship winning car.
NASCAR is a sport, but it is also a very large family of teams, crews, drivers, and officials. During the Xfinity Series race on August 5 and the Monster Energy Cup Series race at Watkins Glen on August 6 each team paid tribute to Scott with a decal on their cars.
The North Carolina native started his first company while he was still a student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
He first became involved in NASCAR in 2008 as a sponsor. In 2011 he became a co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports where he and Steve Turner fielded teams in the Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series. He then purchased the Monster Energy Cup Series team from Phoenix Racing.
Renaming the team Hscott Motorsports Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, and Clint Bowyer all drove for Scott. Scott folded the team in 2016 due to lack of sponsorship funding and drivers.
At one point in his ownership career, Harry Scott had a hand in the ownership of eight different teams – two Monster Energy Cup Series teams, a collaboration with Chip Ganassi in an Xfinity Series team, and had five K&N Pro Series teams where he shared ownership with Justin Marks.
Scott became a first time owner champion in 2013 – his first year of ownership – with driver Dylan Kwasniewski. That was followed up with championship by Ben Rhodes, William Byron, and Justin Haley.
Scott’s teams won a total of 24 races between 2013 and 2016.
Scott’s survivors include his wife Lori.
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