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Sprint Cup team preview: HScott Motorsports

January 26, 2014, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com

Allgaier gets his shot at the majors with overhauled No. 51

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Team Overview

-- HScott Motorsports begins its first full season under owner Harry Scott Jr., who purchased the team, its assets, and the Spartanburg, S.C., shop from longtime owner James Finch last year. Scott is also co-owner of the Turner Scott Motorsports team that fields NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series entries.

-- The organization has won one race at NASCAR's highest level, with Brad Keselowski in 2009 at Talladega. Finch had fielded the team since 1990, but sold due to a chronic lack of sponsorship.

2014 Driver Lineup

Justin Allgaier, No. 51 Chevrolet; Bobby Labonte, No. 52 Chevrolet

A Nationwide Series veteran who had never made a single Sprint Cup Series start until last fall, Allgaier moves up to the premier level full-time. Allgaier made four starts last season in the No. 51 car, with a best finish of 24th at Talladega. He's also won three times in a Nationwide career that dates back to 2008.

Allgaier's crew chief will be Steve Addington, who most recently called signals for Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing. A winner of 20 Sprint Cup races with Stewart, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch, Addington also assumes the role of competition director.

Labonte will drive a partial schedule for HScott Motorsports, beginning with the Daytona 500. The additional races for the 2000 series champion have yet to be announced.

2014 Outlook

It's certainly a familiar fit, given that Allgaier raced Nationwide cars for Turner Scott and now makes the move up with Scott's Sprint Cup team. And HScott certainly landed a gem in Addington, who had Stewart in position to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup last season before the three-time champion broke his leg in a sprint car accident.

With the help of Hendrick engines and chassis, HScott has always been a small team that's tried to punch above its weight, and in restrictor-plate races it's often been right there with the big boys. Under Scott the team promises to be better funded, which can't hurt. HScott used 13 different drivers last year, but also strung together a series of very competitive finishes to start the season, and with a little stability could very well build on that.

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