Scott Nind debuted the #16 Ford Mustang at Sydney Motorsport Park’s Gardner circuit in May 2021, the Mustang is known for being the ex Roush Fenway Racing (Now Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing) #16 in the Xfinity Series over in the United States when it was driven by Ryan Reed.
Scott’s debut race ended after two laps on the wet track but came back to contest Race 2 and finished in twelfth place with a best time of 1:49.9107.
The 2022 season started at the same track and Scott had greater success with a fourth, fifth and fifth place finishes and a best lap of 1:42.8108 in Race 2 and it was clear that Scott was getting very comfortable with the car.
Stock Cars Australia went to Wakefield Park for Round 2 and Scott shown further improvement to qualify second and that effort was followed up by finishing second in Race 1 to Stephen Chilby.
Fans of the series knew that history was potentially in the making as only Rusty French had won a Stock Cars Australia (Australian Stock Car Championship) race in a Stock Car while George Kulig won a race in a modified GTA.
The moment happened in Race 2 as the Ford Mustang won the race ahead of debutant Brendon Hourigan by a comfortable margin and then disaster struck towards the end of Race 3 as Stephen Chilby and Scott got together with the #16 ending up out of the race and damaged.
The round closed out with a Top 10 finish and it was clear that the #16 was changing the complexion of the the 2022 season as it could now take the fight up to the OzTrucks and perhaps a Stock Car will be at the top one year, maybe it will be this year.
The #16 was at Winton last weekend for the Thunder Sports round and Scott qualified second ahead of the OzTrucks driven by Stephen Chilby, Brett Mitchell and Danny Burgess.
Scott bagged two third place finishes and a second before seizing the lead at the start of Race 4, unfortunately for the #16 the lead was short lived as the car struggled to get through the first corner and Scott had to drop back into fourth behind Danny Burgess.
The #16 rounded up the #7 but turn one became a problem again as the #16 shot off into the grass, auditioned for Dukes of Hazzard and ended up almost giving the #7 a whack before spinning on the hard stuff and continuing on in sixth.
In the end the #16 finished in fifth and had a good weekend overall, the next Stock Cars Australia run round is a while away but a track day is expected at Wakefield Park between now and then and there’s no doubt Scott will show the same speed the #16 had on its most successful day earlier this year.