Richard Petty Motorsports has scheduled a press conference for Friday morning to announce they have selected Idaho native Brian Scott as the new driver of its No. 9 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series for next year.

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RPM fielded two full time entries in the Cup series this season with drivers Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. Team owner Richard Petty confirmed during the Phoenix race weekend last month that Hornish would not be returning next season.

A spokesman from RPM said the organization had no comment on the report of Scott’s hire.

Scott has competed full time in the Xfinity Series the past six seasons, the last three with Richard Childress Racing. In 208 starts, Scott has 20 top-five and 77 top-10 finishes and won five poles. His best finish in the series standings was fourth in 2014.

Scott also has two wins in the Truck Series and has made 17 career starts in the Cup series with a best finish of 12th this season at Kansas Speedway.