From Zandvoort to Sparta
Scott Speed helped introduce NASCAR to the Netherlands last weekend. He did a demo run Sunday in the Red Bull show car on the sandy, seaside circuit near Zandvoort, where the sports car culture embraced American stock car racing.
“Some crazy Dutch fans gave me some blue nail polish as a present. It was amazing how informed they were,” he said, referring to his first Craftsman Truck victory at Dover. “NASCAR is well received by this country. Maybe even more than the other countries in Europe.”
Back in the States, Scott returns to the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota and the ARCA RE/MAX Series for tonight’s race at Kentucky. He’ll practice (11:30 a.m. ET), qualify (4:30 p.m.) and race (8 p.m.) all in one day.
He hasn’t raced since the June 29 event at Cayuga, but the Kentucky 150 begins a stretch of five races in five weeks. He led 55 laps in the first Kentucky race before finishing second to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — the driver who leads Scott by 130 points in the championship standings.
“It starts all over again, weekend after weekend racing,” Scott said. “We’ve already raced there once. I would hope that our car is the same, the competition is the same and we get a good result.”
After Friday’s race, Scott bolts for Tampa, Fla., to judge a Red Bull Flugtag event, which celebrates the creativity of human-powered flight.