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.