Billy Scott

Crew Chief, No. 41 Ford Fusion
Birth Date: Sept. 6, 1977
Birth Place: Tampa, Florida
Home Town: Land O’ Lakes, Florida
Residence: Statesville, North Carolina
Spouse: Brandy
Children: Braden and Bailey
Bio:
Like many members of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, racing has been a part of Billy Scott’s life since he was a child. The Land O’ Lakes, Florida, native’s passion for motorsports began when he started racing at age 5. As a kid, Scott raced anything he could, from three-wheelers to motorcycles to go-karts. As his racing career progressed at paved short tracks across Florida, Scott competed in a variety of racecars including, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, open-wheel Modifieds and Late Models.

After completing two years in the mechanical engineering program at the University of South Florida, Scott moved to North Carolina in 1998 and enrolled in the Bobby Isaac Motorsports Technology Program at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. While he furthered his education, Scott transitioned from racing to working on the racecars of others.

In 2003, Scott went to work for a NASCAR Truck Series team where he changed tires as a member of the pit crew in addition to serving as a mechanic. It was during this time Scott realized that in order to reach his career goals, he would need to return to school and complete his engineering degree.

“Tire changing is what got me in the door at the first team I worked with,” Scott said. “I was eager to be involved in the setup part of the equation and help make decisions. When that didn’t work out, I felt unfulfilled. That’s when I realized engineering was becoming a bigger and bigger part of the sport. I was fortunate that I’d already taken two years of core classes in Florida, and that made it easy to go back to school. Everything just sort of lined up.”

Scott enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in August 2003 and graduated two years later with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.

Scott spent much of the 2005 and 2006 seasons working for Howard-Boss Motorsports as an engineer and tire changer for the Grand-Am Daytona Prototype team. It was during this time that Scott first encountered Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) co-owner Tony Stewart, who competed with the team in 2005.

At the end of 2006, Scott joined Robert Yates Racing to serve as a race engineer for its NASCAR Cup Series organization. When the team closed up shop, he moved over to Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) in 2008. During the next six seasons, Scott was an engineer for the team and worked with a variety of drivers, including Michael Waltrip, Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers, Mark Martin and Elliott Sadler. During that time, Scott spent two seasons working directly with current SHR crew chief Rodney Childers.

In 2014, Scott was promoted to crew chief of the No. 55 NASCAR Cup Series team and helped Vickers earn three top-five and nine top-10 finishes along with a pole. The following year, Scott served as crew chief for a host of drivers at the organization, including Vickers, Waltrip, Brett Moffitt, David Ragan and Clint Bowyer.

After MWR shuttered at the conclusion of the 2015 season, Scott’s motorsports journey brought him to SHR where he guided Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team for the 2016-2017 seasons. Scott was then paired with Kurt Busch at the No. 41 team in 2018 and the duo put together a strong year, winning one race, a season-best six poles and 22 top-10 finishes, the highest amount Busch has ever earned in his 19 years a NASCAR Cup Series driver. Scott remains with SHR and the No. 41 team in 2019, calling the shots for driver Daniel Suárez.

Scott resides in Statesville, North Carolina, with his wife Brandy and their children, Braden and Bailey.