When the 2018 racing season sees the first green flag Thomas Scott will be chasing checkered flags at two different venues.
His season will kick off on March 24th at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA. Scott who has traveled around in recent seasons is ready to settle into a full slate of races at South Boston and his home track of Ace Speedway.
“With the way the schedules worked out, it’s definitely feasible with races on different weekends,” said Scott about his 2018 schedule of races. “I’ve spent the last few years just traveling around but I feel like this year will be my opportunity to focus on both local tracks because they are close to home and the most affordable tracks for us to compete at.”
Scott is no stranger to either track with his first and only career Late Model Stock Car win to date coming at Ace Speedway in April of 2014. Scott might not have racked up many wins in a Late Model but the 2009 Rookie of the Year has wins in Modifieds at Ace as well.
His travels in the last few seasons have really helped to grow his program by competing against the best of the best at venues he didn’t have a lot of experience at. One such track was Motor Mile Speedway where he competed against the likes of National Champions Lee Pulliam and Philip Morris as well as Martinsville winner Mike Looney. He grabbed top five finishes in 2017 at Motor Mile, South Boston and Ace.
“We’ve really had some great runs the last couple of seasons while traveling around. The guys we’ve been racing against are the best in Late Models and we’ve been able to contend with them everywhere we’ve traveled. I think we finally have our program right where it needs to be to be a contender for a championship.”
Scott has also been improving on his equipment with new/updated Hedgecock clips, fresh Rayvon Clark engines including one of the new upgrade/spec engines. Scott is also looking to get a Ford Crate to compete in the 2018 season as well.
He’s also got the help of one of the best chassis and setup guys in the business with HC Sellers and Sellers Racing keeping up and maintaining his cars.
“After doing everything solely on my own for many years, the best decision i ever made was to team up with HC (Sellers) for the last couple races of this year and his resources to help give me a baseline and understanding of the whole “bump stop” setup that Late Model racing went to a couple years ago. I’m fairly confident that his experience with working with National Champs like Peyton (Sellers), Matt (Bowling) and Philip (Morris) will help get me to the next level where I can compete for podiums at both tracks.”
Scott will still be doing his own manufacturing of suspension parts and hanging of clips and used bodies in his shop.
“Doing a lot of the work ourselves is the only way I can afford to race Late Models,” continued Scott. “Me and my dad do as much of the work as we can ourselves and then get help where we need it to make our program as strong as it can be.”
Scott still has space available on his car to partner with companies to market to fans of either or both tracks this season where he expects to be up front competing for wins week in and week out.