One of the brightest smiles and friendliest faces in NASCAR has tragically passed away at just 51 years old. His family released a statement earlier today (August 3rd) about his passing and expressed their deep loss.
The former NASCAR team owner across four different divisions, beloved family man, and tireless supporter of our nation's military, Harry Scott Jr. passed away on August 2nd, 2017 from causes unknown.
Scott loved racing with every fiber of his being and spent his entire life as a racing fan and later became a team owner with his company HScott Motorsports in 2013. The team raced across the Xfinity Series, ARCA, NASCAR Cup Series, and the K&N Pro Series East until they sold their charter at the end of 2016. During their time on the track, HSM featured drivers like Clint Bowyer, Bobby Labonte, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Ben Rhodes, and many more.
The family released a statement to NASCAR in which they expressed their deep loss and shock at his sudden passing.
“We are shocked and saddened to confirm that Harry Scott, Jr., age 51, passed away yesterday, August 2, 2017. Harry will be remembered as a loving family man and successful business owner. We ask that everyone please keep Harry’s smile, generosity and essential kindness in your thoughts and prayers. Details about funeral services will be announced when they are finalized.”
Beyond the family's official statement, many industry professionals, friends, and colleagues offered their empathy and condolences during this time of heartbreaking loss.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Scott family during this very difficult time.
Read through some of the messages shared remembering this beloved member of the NASCAR community below.
Such sad news to hear about Harry Scott Jr. he was a great person and I'm thankful for the opportunities he gave me in the @NASCAR_Trucks— Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedy33) August 3, 2017
Very sad to hear of Harry Scott Jr's passing. Always greeted me with that warm smile & a welcoming handshake & took time to talk #RIPHarry🙏🏻— Winston Kelley (@WinstonKelley) August 3, 2017
Such sad news. Harry was a good man with a love for racing. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. https://t.co/MdrjUr7c03— Steve Letarte (@SteveLetarte) August 3, 2017
So sad to hear of the passing of Harry Scott. He was ALWAYS open & friendly to me; would ask about my family. Genuinely cared.— Vince Welch (@vincewelch) August 3, 2017
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