Braun Racing announced on Tuesday that Brian Scott, currently the driver of the No. 16 Albertsons Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series, has been tapped by Braun Racing to drive the No. 10 Toyota for four races.

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Brian Scott to Drive NNS No. 10 for Braun Racing

Braun Racing announced on Tuesday that Brian Scott, currently the driver of the No. 16 Albertsons Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series, has been tapped by Braun Racing to drive the No. 10 Toyota for four races.

Only two of the four events that Scott will drive in have been decided so far. The first will be this Saturday’s Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. The other race announced in the release is the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 17. According to the team, the other two races will be announced at a later date.

This move to the Nationwide Series had been rumored, and now that it is announced, driver Scott is very pleased.

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to join forces with Braun Racing for these upcoming races,” Scott said on Tuesday. “As a driver making his debut in the Nationwide Series, you can’t ask to be in a better situation.”

Like Scott said above, Saturday will mark his first career start in the Nationwide Series. Scott has raced in the Camping World Truck Series since the 2007 season. In 36 career starts, he has two top-five and nine top-10 finishes. His best career finish is a second in last year’s season-ending Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Sponsorship for the two races mentioned above will be provided by existing Braun Racing partners. Dollar General will be on the No. 10 at Nashville, Great Clips at Phoenix.

KHI to Field Charter-Sponsored No. 33 at Nashville

Kevin Harvick Inc. announced on Monday that cable provider Charter Communications has expanded their sponsorship to include primary sponsorship on the No. 33 Chevrolet for this weekend’s Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.

The driver? Kelly Bires, formerly of JTG Daugherty Racing, will drive the No. 33 Charter Chevrolet this weekend in what currently appears to be a one-race deal. However, more races can be added in the future.

Other notable drivers entered in Saturday’s Pepsi 300 include Mark Green in the No. 0 for JD Motorsports. Green was recently released from ML Motorsports in favor of Shelby Howard. Tim Andrews will attempt to make his Nationwide Series debut in the No. 31 for Rick Ware Racing, while Roush Fenway Racing development driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will attempt to do the same in the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford.

Benny Gordon, who had qualified for the Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol in the No. 72 before a fuel infraction saw his team removed from the starting grid is back for another attempt, as is long time ARCA Re/Max Series campaigner Jeremy Clements.

Only six full-time Sprint Cup drivers are entered this week. Those drivers are David Ragan, Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Joe Nemechek and Michael Waltrip.

Patrick Carpentier to Return to NASCAR at Montreal?

The French language website is reporting that Patrick Carpentier, formerly of Gillett Evernham Motorsports, will drive the No. 99 for Michael Waltrip Racing in the two road-course events at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Watkins Glen International in New York.

The site continues on to claim that NAPA Auto Parts will likely be the primary sponsor on the No. 99, at least for the Montreal race. This makes sense since NAPA Auto Parts (NAPA Pieces d’Auto in Quebec) has been the sponsor of the 200-mile race on the ile de Notre Dame for the previous two seasons.

Carpentier has essentially sat on the sidelines since being let go after Talladega last season in favor of AJ Allmendinger. This occurred after a shouting match between Carpentier and crew chief Mike Shiplett erupted after Carpentier failed to qualify for the AMP Energy 500.

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