Saturday, April 19, 2008

Cornfields to the Coast

One Red Bull driver spent Saturday circling a short track in Iowa. Another raced for charity on the streets of Long Beach. Either way, it was a productive day.

NEWTON, Iowa — Scott Speed, in the third race of the ARCA season, finished sixth at Iowa Speedway. Solid? Certainly. Disappointing? Probably. But there are greater things at stake for driver No. 2. Like the championship race, where he now sits eighth — a mere 70 points out of fifth and 215 behind leader Justin Allgaier.

Rain ruined Friday’s qualifying, and Speed started second based on owner points. He led laps 79 through 106 (28), and Eddie Sharp Racing’s Red Bull Toyota was fixture at the front all day. But it wasn’t quite fast enough for rookie winner Matt Hawkins, Allgaier and a few others. ESR teammate Ken Butler III finished seventh.

Speed’s off to Kansas for his first double-duty weekend. Friday he’s in the ARCA car. Saturday it’s a Bill Davis Racing truck.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — He could have been “that guy,” but Mike Skinner opted not to force the issue on the final lap of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on the streets on Long Beach. The overall victory went to ESPN pit reporter Jamie Little, while Skinner was the best of the pros.

Celebrities started 30 seconds ahead of the professional class, but Skinner quickly caught the tail end and worked his way through traffic before reaching Little’s Scion tC.

“I had a couple of opportunities to try to pass Jamie Little for the overall lead on the last lap, but it wasn’t worth the risk of taking us both out,” Skinner said. “I really give her credit, she really did an awesome job.”

The event, part of Long Beach Grand Prix weekend, raised more than $100,000 for Racing For Kids, a national organization that benefits children’s hospitals in southern California.


Blogger Kristin said...

Awesome race, Scott. Congratulations on a Top 10.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Mearn said...

What did AJ do this weekend?

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably sent out resumes.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wooohoo! AJ's getting new colors, they said so on Bull Chat today. I remember someone posted something about a paint scheme change for AJ 2 weeks ago.js

11:22 AM  
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12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the new color will be?

1:07 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I am betting it will be Red Bull Cola.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Well this was on the team site:

"Allmendinger still faces the dreaded go-or-go-home qualifying situation at a track where driver is at the mercy of machine. In this case, it’s a silver machine, as Red Bull Racing Team now fields a silver No. 84. "

So the car is at least silver

1:24 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

WooHoo! Another thing I have to look foward to this weekend at Talladega. I'm getting excited. Can you tell? Thanks Curt for giving us that information. Can't wait to see 'dinger at the track. I've missed him!

Good luck RBR. WE BELIEVE!

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talladega is going to be awesome. I can't wait. I think AJ's car might look like Scott Speed's 2007 Talladega car. Just a guess.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous amzy said...

Only 46 cars on the entry list for Dega, so A.J. will probably make it in, also one of those cars is the 45 which has missed the last 2 in a row so that also helps him! Looking forward too 2 Red Bulls in the show!

GO get em boys!!

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cars the #84 needs to beat are: #09, #10, #21, #22, #34, #40, #45, #70, and the #96. AJ can beat more than half of those guys.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliot isn't in the 21 this weekend, so we don't have to worry about the past champions provisional thing.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Jon Wood is in the #21 car this weekend at Talladega.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Amzy said...

The only people A.J. needs to worry about are the 96, 40 and 70 (since shraders in the car).

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear the SILVER 84 car is beautiful....can't wait to see it in the race. Go AJ Glad you're back!!!

6:01 PM  

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