Scott started out his career as an open wheel dirt racer. He raced mini-sprints at 12 on local tracks throughout Idaho and Washington, where his biggest win came in the Pepsi Shootout and competing at the Clay Cup Nationals in Deming, Washington. After testing the waters of sprint cars, Scott and his team moved up to 360 Sprints, where he produced a late season win and a second place at the 360 Nationals in Alger, Washington at Skagit Speedway.
Late Models and Hooters Pro CupEdit
Scott made the move to North Carolina in 2006 to further his racing career. Switching from the dirt to asphalt, Scott teamed up with short track racer Freddie Query in Super Late Models. Although the transition was a struggle, the team garnered a third place at Hickory Motor Speedway.
For 2007, Scott moved up to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, driving the #01 Ford. He recorded his career best finish of sixth at Hickory. He also ran two races in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, driving the #32 Red Line Oil Dodge for Kevin Cywinski.
Camping World TrucksEdit
While splitting time between USAR and Late Models, Scott's father, JB, announced he had purchased the NASCAR team Xpress Motorsports. Xpress had primarily been owned by crew chiefs Dave Fuge and Steve Coulter, but the team was running into financial problems. He made his debut at the Smith's Las Vegas 350, but was spun by Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve in the early going. Scott was forced to skip Talladega (despite running the ARCA race the previous day) as he was not approved by NASCAR to race at superspeedways (1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope replaced him). Scott ran the final few races of the season, where he had a pair of top 20 finishes at Martinsville and Phoenix. Scott moved to the Trucks full-time to run for Rookie of the Year in 2008. Despite the team's original sponsorship agreement with Shark Energy Drink falling through, Albertsons became the team's new sponsor, and Scott had only two top-tens in the #16 Chevrolets. Later in the season, the team announced a partnership with Bill Davis Racing and switched to Toyota. He had five top-tens in the last seven races of the season, including a career-best second place finish at the season-ending Ford 200.