Saturday, April 26, 2008

One Down, Many to Go

A self-described methodical and patient race car driver, Scott Speed pushed, pushed and pushed some more to win his first ARCA RE/MAX race Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Speed’s No. 2 Red Bull Toyota led the first 16 laps, but the window net fell down and forced Speed to pit under green. He lost a lap and dropped to rear of the 40-car field, but that’s when the aggression came out. He raced hard to earn the free pass, and, “Once we got that, I pushed real hard to make up a lot of positions.”

He blew past fellow rookie Jason Smith on a restart with six laps remaining and held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the right to celebrate victory in only his fifth ARCA start.

“It’s certainly great to win a race — it’s been a while — but at the end of the day the most important thing is that we learned something because the goal is to be successful in (Sprint) Cup and this is a step toward that,” Scott said. “Every lap I make on the track right now is beneficial. That’s why we’re doing so many races, why we’re pushing so hard because this is where I’m learning the most.”

Scott moved to fourth in the driver standings, 90 points behind leader Matt Carter heading into Sunday’s race in Rockingham, N.C. But he isn’t done driving at Kansas. Scott’s in the No. 22 Toyota for Bill Davis Racing for today’s Craftsman Truck race (6 p.m. ET, Speed).

Today in Talladega, Brian Vickers and AJ Allmendinger qualify for the Aaron’s 499 (11:15 a.m. ET, Speed). BV’s 83 goes out 21st. AJ’s 84 is 41st in line.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a little FYI - Scott's Toyota is only the 2nd Toyota ever to find its way into Kansas Speedway's vicotry lane. Todd Bodine in the #30 Germain truck was the first Toyota winner back in 2005. Thought some might find that interesting.


8:32 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Scott is doing this the right way.

By coming in and getting as much seat time and experience possible is only going to help him in the future.

Personally, I think he'll win the ARCA championship along with a truck race or two this year.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

Vickers almost pole!

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait till Scott starts Cup. winning at Kansas says a lot. hopefully he can pull a weekend sweep.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Great qualifying day for RBRT! Welcome back AJ!

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell ya!! Nice run AJ!! Both Bulls are in the show!!!

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Amzy said...

Welcome back A.J.! Great qualifying run 4th over all!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

This is definitly a GREAT welcome back for AJ. Congratulations to Red Bull Racing on both cars being in the show for tomorrow's Aaron's 499. Now, I am even more excited about being at the track tomorrow.

Congrats to Scott for winning the ARCA race. Good luck to Scott, AJ, and Brian. We are all behind you.


11:33 AM  
Blogger nicole83 said...

Great job AJ! We've missed you! This is an awesome thing to see BOTH bulls in the top ten in qualifying. Good luck Brian and AJ!

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome job for RedBull today. Great having AJ back in the car, cant wait to see him race tomorrow!!! Love the silver paint too. Now we will be able to tell him and BV apart when they are running together.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, yes, 84 is back with a vengeance! Congrats to both cars and good luck Speed in the trux.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and finally we'll get to see AJ and BV work the draft together.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Curt. Did you post the video of BV from Trackside on youtube?

12:40 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

here is the video of BV on trackside

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea, part 1 and 2. my channel name is akustika25.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

HELL OF A JOB SCOTT!!!! Congratulations! Looking forward to that cup career, good job AJ and BV qualifying top 10!!

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott finished 8th in the truck race. Congrats!

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off - AJ qualifying 4th is AWESOME! Then, having BOTH Red Bull cars qualifying in the top 8 - that's even better. The fall race at 'Dega last year was great qualifying-wise (9th for AJ, but didn't make it), but still, what a difference a year makes.

Secondly - Scott did a FANTASTIC job in the truck race. Screwed up a little on exiting pit road, got the penalty, screwed up entry for the pass-thru penalty, served another, and all through that, only managed to go one lap down and didn't hang his head about it & got back on the lead lap. I was there & listened to him most of the time. There was one restart he drove really hard, got tight going into turn 1, had to slow down, and Mike Skinner flew past him. On the next caution, Scott's spotter/crew cheif (not sure which) told him Mike was laughing at him. LOL

Good luck tomorrow, BV & AJ!


6:42 PM  
Anonymous kevin said...

So far, what a great Red Bull weekend.

Cheers to AJ, BV, and SS.

Let's keep it going!!

1:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free trackpass on for the race!! Just thought I would let everyone know!!

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is going to be an AWESOME weekend for Red Bull Racing. Both Bulls are wicked fast.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous nick said...

vickers looks stout, just spun it leaving the pits, hopefully he can work his way back up there. hoping AJ has a solid day too.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first top 5! awesome race for BV. NICE gain in points, 48 pts behind 12th place! A-W-E-S-O-M-E. it was a lot of fun following BV and AJ with TrackPass.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

good top 5 for BV!! Had a good car all day. AJ had a nice clean race.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Amzy said...

25th place for A.j. Welcome back!!!!

2:52 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Great weekend for RB USA!!!

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good day for the RB team. AJ hangs back all day to stay out of trouble and gets taken out in the last lap mayhem!! Was competative all day and race a good clean race. Comes away some points anyway. Good to have him back - on to the next one.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ got robbed out of his finishing spot, he is now listed as 30th, if any of you saw the wreck,AJ did a masterful job not wrecking the car, saved it sideways all the way down the backstretch, how they looped him @30th I have no idea... I was disapointed that AJ did not seem to go on restarts, he hung around the back, dunno if that was by design or not... clean race nontheless

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats what Ricky was having him do - they were trying to have him follow the same strategy as the 48.
I dont understand how they scored him as 30th either. It was his first Talladega race in a cup car, so im sure it was a huge learning experience for him!

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome job Scott. Way to go Red Bull

7:28 PM  

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