BOISE -- Boise High School graduate and racecar driver Brian Scott is about to see a dream come true. After 13 years of competitive driving, the Boise native will race for the first time at the Daytona 500 on February 23.
Scott's team owner, Richard Childress Racing, made the announcement on Tuesday, and Scott confirmed the news with KTVB shortly after.
"I've been excited since I knew about it," Scott said. "It's so cool to be able to race in NASCAR's most prestigious race."
Scott spent most of last season racing on NASCAR's Nationwide Series. He competed in the Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte in October. His race at Daytona will be his second appearance on the highest series.
"It's been my dream, it's been what I've been working for. It's really a lot of hard work paying off. It's a really good feeling to know that there's a team and an owner and sponsors behind me that believe in me. I get to go out there and fulfill a dream that I've had since I was a kid, and try to win the biggest race in NASCAR.
When asked about his chances of winning the Daytona 500, Scott's answer was optimistic.
"I'll have to be in the right place at the right time. I'm going to need a little bit of luck. We're going to have a fast racecar. I have to make it to the end of those things. You don't want to get caught up in a big wreck. These types of Cinderella stories can happen. As long as you make it through the race and you're there on the last lap, you have the ability to win the race. That's all we're really hoping for."