James Bracey has found it’s hard to overcome the grief of losing the fastest-ever NASCAR sprint car driver who died before he turned 23. So he’s trying another way to cheer up two of them.
The 18-year-old Bracey finished an event this month that was started by Brian Scott’s 19-year-old son, James. Bracey ended up with nine laps on the wheel of a Scott oval car, achieving a lifelong goal: He clocked more than 100 mph for the first time.
Brian Scott died in May, a victim of a suspected heart attack in a truck in England. As he came out of rehab earlier this month, his son James wanted to continue racing in his place, starting a sprint car at his dad’s old tour’s Scunny Raceway in Australia. James Scott Jr. named the race “The Brian Scott 400,” after his father, and Brian Bracey was invited to run the event.
He faced extra motivation to make it that far. After the death of his teammate and longtime friend, Jamie McMurray, followed shortly by the sudden death of Scott, he was in the midst of a tough time. But he returned to South Dakota to continue racing, and to celebrate his 100th lap, he made a head-turning pull out of the pits at 1:50 p.m. local time.