Crash Course Continues
Now this is why Scott Speed is racing in ARCA — lots of laps in a short amount of time.
The 2008 opener came Feb. 9 in Daytona. It took 63 days for ARCA cars to compete again, with the most recent race coming Sunday in soggy Salem, Ind. After starting fifth, Speed finished fifth in the rain-delayed race. Not bad for a driver who’s seen only one other short track (the NASCAR Craftsman Truck event when he finished 10th at Martinsville).
But the ARCA season is getting set for a long green-flag run. Speed’s No. 2 Eddie Sharp Racing Red Bull Toyota races the next five weeks, beginning with 250 laps around Iowa Speedway on Saturday. He pulls double duty for the first time during the ARCA-Craftsman Truck weekend April 25-26 at Kansas.
In Speed’s first full season in his return stateside, he’ll compete at 25 different ovals. The full ARCA season takes Speed to 17 different tracks spanning 21 races — including two on dirt. And now that he’s the driver of the No. 24 Bill Davis Racing Toyota Tundra, he’ll visit Kansas, Charlotte, Dover, Michigan, Bristol, Talladega, Martinsville, Atlanta, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.