Saturday, May 31, 2008

Scott Conquers Dover

Take care of the feet that take care of you. Maybe Scott Speed’s pedicure before Friday’s Craftsman Truck race wasn’t such a bad idea.

“He told me when he got on the plane that he had his toes painted and that they feel better than they ever did and that he thought he would have better throttle control,” joked Doug Wolcott, Scott’s crew chief at Bill Davis Racing. “That’s what let us pull away at the end.”

Indeed, Scott had the tips of his toenails painted blue, but it was a two-tire stop late in the race that helped send the Red Bull driver to victory lane in the AAA Insurance 200 — his first start at rugged Dover International Speedway. Driving BDR’s No. 22 Red Bull Toyota, Scott ran away from the field after a late restart to become the series’ third consecutive first-time winner.

He celebrated by stopping along the frontstretch to acknowledge the crowd and his crew, and he followed up with a series of unusual facial expressions while posing with the winner’s trophy. But then again, Scott’s a little unusual.

“I can’t take anything serious. Victory celebration … I was just goofing off,” Scott said. “As far as the toe nails, you’ve obviously never experienced the joy of having someone take care of your feet. It was quite amazing, actually. My feet were very soft, very beautiful for my standards. Don’t knock it till you try it.”

The winning moment came on lap 133, when the No. 22 gained valuable track position with a two-tire stop. He blew past Todd Bodine for the lead on lap 150, kept Ron Hornaday at bay and eventually beat Jack Sprague to the finish line by more than three seconds.

“My hats off to the team. They’re really the ones that won this race,” Scott said. “I’m pretty confident that anyone in this truck at the last 50 laps after the pit stop would have done exactly the same thing. I’m having the time of my life just coming over here and trying to learn this sport. It’s awesome, and Red Bull is giving me an incredible opportunity to do this. Without them, none of this would have been possible.”

Scott returns to ARCA and Eddie Sharp Racing’s No. 2 Red Bull Toyota for the June 7 race at Pocono. His next truck start comes June 14 at Michigan.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has to be the gayest and weirdest driver ever! Nascar went from a really manly sport to having wimps like this. I refused to watch the race after I heard he won.

5:15 AM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

Wow - those are pretty harsh words from a guy posted as "anonymous" - how manly is that. Using "anonymous" makes me wonder if you have "a pair".

I've been a BV fan since the spring Texas race in 2003 in the Busch series. I'll always be a BV fan. But, since BV went to Red Bull, I've found myself becoming a fan of the Red Bull organization as well. So, as long as Scott Speed is wearing the Red Bull uniform, I'll root for him - painted nails or not. I think the guy is funny (funny - haha, not funny - gay) and doesn't take himself too seriously. Yet, he obviously wants to win and I can root for that. Good job Scott. Go get 'em boys!

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am not a Speed fan but I am glad Red Bull got a win even if it is in Trucks.
Wish it would have been Cup and BV with the First Red Bull win in NASCAR!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Wow! That really wasn't necessary there anonymous. Save the rudeness for another place.

Congratulations Scott! Live it up. You know, this may sound weird, but I want to see a picture of his blue toes. I've NEVER known a man to have his toes painted. I find this quite funny, and it makes Scott unique.

Scott got Red Bull their first win in the ARCA Series and now he has given Bill Davis Racing their 1st win of the 2008 season. This is turning out to be quite the season for RBR. Let's keep it up!

Good luck tomorrow AJ and Brian.


7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speed gave Red Bull their first win in NASCAR Period. ARCA is its own series not a part of NASCAR.
Hopefully BV will bring Red Bull their first win in Cup!

Good luck tomorrow RBR!

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Technically Scott Speed was in a Bill Davis truck so the first win for the actual Red Bull team is still up for grabs. As far as calling him "gay" and "weird", I'm pretty sure someone that's willing to thank their pedicurist in victory lane really doesn't give a damn what anybody thinks about him.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What really pisses me off sometimes is when people see how different a person is compared to them instead of seeing how different they are to that person.

If you don't like Scott Speed, then you're at the wrong place to post comments because his loyal fans will get you back.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous team red bull said...

Congrats Scott! Regardless of who technically owns the car, it was sweet seeing Red Bull in Victory Lane. They said on the broadcast that Scott may try to get in some Cup races later this year. With Slugger Labbe bringing him up to speed (pun intended), I see great things in RBRT's future. But first things first... let's get the 84 in the top 35, let's get BV into Victory Lane and in the Chase, and only then we can dream of the thought of seeing three Red Bull cars pushing each other off Turn 4 for the checkered flag at Daytona 2009!

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bye Bye AJ, Welcome to Sprint Cup Mr Speed

9:41 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Actually, AJ gave Red Bull their first NASCAR win. Remember, the All-Star Showdown?

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

LOL, I find this quite hilarious!

"I refused to watch the race after I heard he won."

So since he won, what race is there to watch? Really?

LOL, smooth one, genius.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can pick on the guy who said he is gay and weird, but, a guy painting his toe nails is not very manly. Can't see real race car drivers like Dale Earnhardt Sr. or Jr., Tony Stewart, Richard Petty or David Pearson painting their toenails.

The race was on Speed channel tape delayed. Dover has no lights, so, when it came on at 8:00, the race was already over.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Captain Obvious. Scott has a lot of Europe in him. Do/did "Dale Earnhardt Sr. or Jr., Tony Stewart, Richard Petty or David Pearson"?

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you not like a guy with a sense of humor? Wierd, yes, but Scott Speed is a likeable kind of wierd. And as far as the toenail thing is concerned, I have seen guys with blue toenails before (one actually asked me to paint them for him AND there were other guys around). Plus, some NFL guys (long time ago, don't remember names) used to paint their toenails, too. I agree with what one of the other anonymous's said - I don't think he really gives a crap about what other people think.
Enjoy life while you can!


3:41 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Thank you for that post Mr. Manly! That is the reason I love that SS is in Nascar! Yall say you like individuallity, but you don't. He is not a hay-seed hick and he doesn't care what you think! That is why I can't wait for him to get to Cup. You toothless, barefooted, rednecks will hate him! I love it, and who gives a crap about a pedicure!?
Awesome job SS!!!!!

4:06 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

I've always been a BV fan but I couldnt cheer for one RB driver and not the other so I'm now an AJ fan. But now how can I cheer for 2 RB drivers and not the 3rd? I guess that makes me a Scott Speed fan also. :)

I love that he painted his toenails. Great win also! :)

5:45 PM  
Blogger onecrzyfather said...

anonymous needs to shut is redneck butt up, times are changing. Heck i had my little girl paint my toe nails. girls like men who take care of themselves. go scott speed and red bull !

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love them or hate them, I like the fact that people are compelled to give their opinion about the drivers of Red Bull. Give RB credit, they are putting talented INDIVIDUALS in seats worldwide. No one, I mean, NO ONE does more for racing (all types) than Red Bull Energy Drink. Welcome to the new more domination by the same mold of Hendrick/Roush dummies...good bye and good riddence. Keep up the good racin' BV, AJA and SS. We're behind you. By the way, we welcome the homosexuals and straights just alike.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Congrats Scott...

Go Get em AJ and BV....

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you people trying to make Allmendinger look bad on purpose?He needs seat time, yet Speed gets the truck or Nationwide rides. Week after week with 20 or 30 laps to go the car is finally drivable. Changing drivers didn't help. Maybe
it's time for a new crew chief.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At this point I have to agree with the above statement. AJ has done extremely well since getting back in the car and yet they cant seem to give him the car he needs on raceday. Its all fine when they have 2 days of testing, but when they are under the gun in a race they cant come up with a set up that works. I know having the fuel line problems was the cause of going so many laps down but he never had the car to contend with.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ was running pretty well, until the problems today. Props to him! Poor guy can't even have one race without throwing him under the bus.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous LibDem said...

I'm bisexual. I love Scott Speed. And BV and AJ.

We takin' over. Just wait. The homosexual agenda is on da move. We're gonna turn NASCAR fluffy on you!

Dale Jr. sucks.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, with all the problems half of the top twelve in points had and the 83 having such a good car it is ashamed they couldn’t have moved up more than one position in the point’s standings.
I know BV was caught on pit road speeding twice…how can that be? With the pit stall he had it just seems like a rookie mistake. Would love to know what their take on this is.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know it seemed unusual. BV rarely speeds in the pits, and two times in a row just seemed even more unusual. 13th isn't so bad but I will consider it a bad day.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous mouse said...

Oh, good lord. If you have nothing better to do than gripe about a driver getting a pedicure, you really have too much time on your hands.

Personally, I think Speed seems like a cool character. I certainly identify more with a driver who gets pedicures and carries a Louis Vuitton bag than with the Wrangler-wearing, Bud-drinking ones.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was listening to BV on Trackpass and both times he was busted for speeding he said he hadn't even gotten out of 1st gear yet after leaving the pits. The second time he was more specific saying he was at 3900 in 1st gear. I have no idea what the equates to in terms of mph, but if it's over 40 mph (pit speed was 35 + fudge factor of 5) that's a shocker.

Add to it that their pit was in the last segment (I think - I know it was stall #3, according to Jayski), which also makes too fast exiting really weird. Wouldn't the electronic timing show they spent a lot of time in that segment?

Either way it sucks cuz this could've been a great day instead of an okay day.


8:12 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

I was listening to BV's scanner too, and there's no way he was speeding EITHER TIME! You KNOW that if a quiet guy like Kevin Hamlin, is screaming about the call, there's SOMETHING not right! I vote that on Tuesday, we penalize Nascar 25 driver AND owner points for taking away a top 5...

Great way to pull out a decent finish BV and 83 team!


8:35 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

NASCAR needs to make speeding on pit road a delayed penalty if a team wants to appeal the penalty. NASCAR should take a team representative back to the Cup hauler and review the tapes with them and if still wrong they must do the drive thru penalty. I know they have the tapes as this has been a problem before with other drivers and after the race they will show the team the tapes.

Anyways awesome job in the race 83 team to come back and finish 13th. If the cars stay as strong as they have been the last 2/3rds of this season are going to be fun.

5:03 AM  
Anonymous TRBR FAN said...

Congrats to the #22 team and Scott Speed!

I love how all the people writing anonymously don’t have any clue as to what they are talking about. Yes the truck was run out of the Bill Davis shop however it is a Team Red Bull truck not a BD truck like one anonymous says, however that say anonymous brings up a very good point… Speed doesn’t care what people think about him. His personality is great and he takes everything light hearted!

He is not gay, he is metro. Metro is basically a guy has more respect for himself then rolling out of bed and going somewhere. Speed is the type to actually brush his teeth in the mornings! There is nothing wrong with how he is. He is from California not Europe. California has just as much designer European clothes as Europe does! If people were to get out and not have tunnel vision they would see that the way Scott acts and dresses reflects how a lot of our youth. And thank you to a man who takes care of their feet. As far as the paint goes, lighten up people, he is having fun!

The all star show down does not count as a win, congrats to AJ however… 40 laps broken into 2 parts… without the entire field out on the track (like the big time vets) anything is possible. It wasn’t for points or money… just to get into the bigger show. I am not bashing on AJ by any means, however, ask anyone who is IN the sport and they will tell you that Mr. Speed brought TRBR their first VICTORY!!!

One anonymous mentions that he is not a “real” driver because of the toes… Take it from this point. He won. People are talking about him. Helllllooooo free PR! You can bash him all you want… And while you are bashing him, you are promoting him too so keep it up!

The way he thanked the team and gave them the upmost respect truly shows his character. I know people who work at BD and they admit that when Scott was first coming over comments about the way he dresses or acts were made however, now getting to know him, they all think is genuine and a great guy. And damn that boy sure has some talent. The poor 22 team… they have had amazing equipment all this time going back to Lester, Walker…. All 6 of their drivers in the last 3 years have had a phenomenal team behind them and great equipment. Congrats for finally getting someone who can actually wheel… and Scott never gives up!

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting him… can’t wait for this coming weekend in TEXAS… 2 in a row Scott! Get ‘em!!!

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Scott!!

It doesn't matter what the paint job said. It was a BDR truck with a BDR CC. If you want to get technical, it was BDR truck sponsored by Red Bull.

The following came from the post-race press release:

"Speed's Dover win marks Red Bull's third stock car victory including Speed's ARCA RE/MAX Series win at Kansas Speedway, and AJ Allmendinger's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series feature race win at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "

Both organizations should be proud.

2:32 PM  

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