Kyle Larson, Brian Scott Join Long List To Make Cup Debut At Charlotte
Brian Scott will make his Sprint Cup Series debut Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, up-and-coming drivers Kyle Larson and Brian Scott will be making their Sprint Cup Series debut in the Bank of America 500. Currently running the NASCAR Nationwide Series, both drivers join a long list of drivers to make their first start at the 1.5-mile track.
Larson will pilot the No. 51 Pheonix Racing Chevrolet as he prepares to run the full Sprint Cup season in 2014 for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, while Scott will drive the No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet in his first stab at the Sprint Cup Series.
Both young drivers took part in a Sprint Cup Series test at Charlotte, so despite this being their first start, each has some laps under their belt in a Sprint Cup car.
"It'll be an exciting time," Scott said. "It's something that I've dreamed bout since I was a young kid, and will be great to see it come to fruition."
Larson echoed Scott's sentiments earlier this month when his debt was announced.
"I am very excited to get behindthe wheel of a Cup car in Charlotte...especially getting to race with the Target bullseye on the car," Larson said. "I have a lot of work to do to prepare for the 2014 season and I cannot wait to get it started."
Crew members push the No. 51 Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson through the garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In making their debut this weekend, Larson and Scott join a long list of 62 NASCAR drivers to make their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 25: Dale Earnhardt made his first NASCAR Cup start in the 1975 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in an Ed Negre Dodge. The race took place May 25, 1975 in Charlotte, N.C. Earnhardt finished 22nd. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)
Of those 62 drivers, none have ever won in their debut, and only two have finished inside the top 10 -- Buck Fulp in 1961 and Bugs Stevens in 1970.
Since you were wonder, here's Bugs Stevens.
Three-time NASCAR National Modified champion Bugs Stevens poses with his Lenny Boehler-owned NASCAR Modified in the late 1960s. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)