By Brian Murphy
Boise native Brian Scott will drive the No. 11 Boise State car in the Great Clips 300 on Sept. 3 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Boise State plays Georgia in its football season opener on the same night in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Brian Scott
Scott, whose father attended Boise State, is a huge Bronco fan. He said ESPN plans to update viewers of the football game about the race on ESPN2 and vice versa. Photo courtesy of Brian Scott
Here is our previous coverage of Brian Scott and the Boise State No. 11 car
Boise native Brian Scott will drive a Boise State-themed car in the Sept. 3 Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway — the same night as the Broncos’ season opener against Georgia.
Scott, a 23-year-old Boise High graduate, said the tie-in is an outgrowth of his sponsorship with the Albertson Foundation and its “Go On” campaign to promote college attendance by Idaho high school graduates.
“One thing led to another,” said Scott, who is the great-grandson of Joe and Kathryn Albertson.
The race begins at 5:30 p.m. Mountain time and will be televised on ESPN2. The Boise State-Georgia game kicks off at 6 p.m. Mountain time and will be televised on ESPN.
“We’ve done a lot of talking with ESPN, who is doing our race. I think they’re going to do some cool cross-promotional stuff between the game and the race,” Scott said. “Hopefully the race fans that are watching will be able to keep track of what Boise’s doing and vice versa.”
Scott said he is a big Boise State fan. His family has a suite at the Stueckle Sky Center and he makes it to at least one game per season.
Right now, Scott only plans to run the car with the Boise State design in Atlanta. The colors are not painted on the car; instead it is a vinyl.
Scott, who drives the No. 11 car in the series, is in the first year of a two-year contract with Joe Gibbs Racing. Gibbs was a three-time Super Bowl championship-winning coach of the Washington Redskins.
Scott is currently ninth in the Nationwide Series standings. He has three top-10 finishes in 24 starts. He will ride at Bristol this weekend.
“Hands down, this has been the toughest season I’ve ever had. We’ve had some bad luck,” Scott said. “It’s been very disappointing. We’ve been fast and had some good performances, but we can’t seem to catch the breaks that we need.”
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen wants to take a little spin in Brian Scott's No. 11 Nationwide Series car. Scott, a Boise native, will drive a Boise State-themed car in the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 3 — the same day as the Broncos' season opener against Georgia in Atlanta.
"I think the car and that whole concept is awesome. I just wish I could be there in the car — for maybe a warm-up lap, get a little speed with the Scotts," Petersen said Wednesday.
Petersen said when he first saw the car and its No. 11, he thought they were putting senior quarterback Kellen Moore's number on the car. Then he realized No. 11 is Scott's number, too.
"This is perfect karma," Petersen said.
He said he hopes the publicity helps Scott. Petersen knows Joe Scott, Brian's father.
"I hope we get the name out there for the Scotts as well, the great race car driver that he is. I hope ESPN is cutting back and forth, showing some of the game and where he is in the race. It's a really cool concept," Petersen said.
Release from Boise State and Joe Gibbs Racing
NASCAR and college football collide during the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sept. 3, when driver Brian Scott will race the No. 11 Boise State Broncos Toyota.
The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry grew up in Boise, Idaho, home to the celebrated Boise State Broncos. While Scott is competing in the 300-mile race Saturday night, the Boise State Broncos will face the Georgia Bulldogs in a season-opening event at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
“For me, this is a huge honor because I was born and raised in Boise,” Scott said. “My dad graduated from Boise State, and I grew up literally a handful of miles from the football stadium. The rise and fame that the Boise football program has now has been so interesting to watch and fun to follow. I’m obviously a huge fan and really excited by the opportunity. It’s a unique opportunity that really grew out of the relationship with the Albertson Foundation and the ‘Go On’ campaign to promote college attendance by high school students in Idaho.”
The NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. (MT) start and will be broadcast on ESPN2.
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