Who is Billy Scott – Kurt Busch’s New Crew Chief for 23XI Racing in 2022?

Published 11/17/2021, 10:53 AM EST
PHOENIX, AZ – NOVEMBER 11: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, walks away from pit road following an on-track incident during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

For the 2022 NASCAR Cup season, Kurt Busch will have a new face in his 23XI Racing pit box. To be precise, he will link up with crew chief Billy Scott. It is worth mentioning that the 2004 Cup Series champion has worked with Scott before. All this was back when they were in Stewart-Haas Racing in the #41 car in 2018.

Aside from that, the 44-year-old worked alongside Danica Patrick in 2016 and Daniel Suarez in 2019. In 2021, Scott worked as a crew chief for the RSS Racing with Reaume Brothers and Our Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. With Billy Scott coming in, it also means that Busch’s 2021 crew chief, Matt McCall, is off to Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing. McCall is expected to partner the incoming Brad Keselowski in the #6 car.

What did Billy Scott do before his 23XI Racing appointment?

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Prior to the upcoming season, Scott was the crew chief of the #23 Reaume Brothers car. However, he shared the role with Paul Clapprood, Danny Johnson, Matt Swiderski, Jonathan Stewart, Kenneth Roettger Jr. and Ronnie Osmer. This is because, the #23 car had multiple drivers.

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SONOMA, CA – JUNE 21: Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing enters Turn 4 during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Toyota / Save Mart 350, in Sonoma, CA. (Photo by Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

They included, Jason White, Natalie Decker, Tyler Reddick, Blaine Perkins, Tanner Berry Hill and JJ Yeley. Other drivers on the roster were Andy Lally, Patrick Emerling and Ty and Austin Dillon. Now, Scott will be looking forward to reuniting with Kurt Busch in a new outfit.

When they last worked together, Billy Scott guided Kurt Busch to a win at Bristol and 7th in the championship. This time around, Busch will be hoping to improve on that standing and try to climb higher in the championship.

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At the same time, his experience will be useful for the 23XI Racing team to develop into a strong Playoff contender. Additionally, his new teammate Bubba Wallace will be able to learn a lot from his experienced teammate.

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