Sunday, July 20, 2008

Scott Scores No. 2 in Kentucky

Red Bull’s Scott Speed made up for the one that got away Friday night, earning his second ARCA RE/MAX Series win of the season and first at Kentucky Speedway.

He lost the series’ May 10 race at Kentucky when transmission gremlins doomed his final restart. That day, he led a race-high 55 laps before finishing fourth. This night, he led 39 laps and held off Sean Caisse on a last-lap restart to win by .561 of a second.

The decisive pass came when Scott maneuvered his No. 2 Eddie Sharp Racing Red Bull Toyota to the outside of Caisse for the lead on the 93rd of the scheduled 100 laps. All he had to do was stay there.

“It was the second time we won this race on the proper lap and almost lost it,” Scott said. “It was cool to win a race like that. Me and the 01 (Caisse) had a great battle the last 30 laps or so. We went back and forth on each other a lot on the restarts. It was two good drivers racing really hard and really clean.”

Scott last pitted on lap 18, stretched one tank of gas over the final 86 laps and survived seven caution periods to score his sixth top-five and ninth top-10 finish in 11 starts. He trails championship leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by 65 points entering Saturday’s short-track race at Berlin.

“I don’t think we had the best car, but we definitely had a great car,” Scott said.


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