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NASCAR Illustrated: Road to the top with Billy Scott

July 29, 2014, NASCAR Illustrated,

Crew chief of the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

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Editor's note: Photo by Elmer Kappell

I have been involved in racing since I was a kid. I spent most weekends of my life at a race track of some sort. I started racing motorcycles when I was 5.

My parents got divorced, and I needed to help out around the house. I started working. I became a delivery driver.

I got a scholarship to the University of South Florida in Tampa. I always liked math -- people always told me I should be an engineer. So, I went to USF for mechanical engineering.

I realized quickly that the best way to influence setups was to have an engineering degree. So, I applied to go back to UNC Charlotte.

Fortunately, my wife was willing to work. I did odds and ends when I could. I changed oil at a shop in Denver, North Carolina

They were looking for someone -- they only had six or seven engineers. Unfortunately, they shut down at the end of the year.

I was helping David Reutimann start an ARCA team for Wayne Reutimann in a corner of the Michael Waltrip Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shop. They had some personnel changes at MWR and a buddy called and told me. So, I printed my resume and walked it upstairs.

I had wanted to be a crew chief but my philosophy has always been to come in, work hard, do whatever they ask. I was happy just to contribute.

Born in Tampa Bay, Fla.

Graduated from Land O' Lakes High School in Land O' Lakes, Fla.

Left USF.

Moved to Charlotte area to enroll in the Bobby 
Isaac Motorsports Technology Program at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C.

Moved back to Florida, worked and volunteered for short track teams and Wayne Reutimann's [David's cousin] sprint car team.

Mechanic at Green Flag Racing.
Moved back to Charlotte.

Earned degree in mechanical engineering from UNC Charlotte.

Changed tires and did design work 
for Crawford Racing, a Denver, N.C., 
GRAND-AM team.

Race engineer, Robert Yates Racing.

Race engineer, 
Michael Waltrip Racing.

Race engineer, No. 55.

Race engineer, No. 56 and No. 47.

Engineer, MWR test team.

Race engineer, No. 55.

Crew chief, No. 55.