Sunday, August 03, 2008

Driver No. 2 Is Now Driver No. 1

It took Scott Speed 12 races spanning six months — 175 days, to be exact — to move into the ARCA RE/MAX Series points lead after a disastrous start at Daytona.

He left the season opener 37th in the standings after a wreck and DNF in Eddie Sharp Racing’s Red Bull Toyota. But Scott quickly moved into the top 10 in April at Iowa, the top five in June at Pocono and now, after a return trip to eastern Pennsylvania, the lead.

Driver No. 2 finished second in Saturday’s Pocono 200, falling just short of catching winner Justin Allgaier in the tunnel turn on the final lap. It was Scott’s eighth top five and 11th top 10, and he leads Matt Carter by 95 points entering Saturday’s race at Nashville.

ARCA’s diverse schedule doesn’t get any easier, as pavement racing soon goes out the window. After Nashville, ARCA cars hit the dirt at Illinois fairgrounds tracks in Springfield and DuQuoin.


Anonymous Gangsta said...

What the heck is the #83 team doing?

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did they not get practice runs in on Friday? They are not looking very good at the moment.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

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2:22 PM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

M..M.M.Mandy... Nice... I mean, good job. I think. Go get 'em boys! In the race... I mean, in the race.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Suzie said...

The 83 practiced on Friday. They were first in the first practice session for a long time. I think the engine combination might be a little more conservative after our recent failures.

Just my take.


3:10 PM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

Arruuughhh... Nice try by Kevin to get us a top 15, but it looks like we fell maybe 1/2 lap short - 13th to 29th it looks like on the last lap. Top 12 is looking bleak.

Good calls by Jimmy to get a top 20 for the 84 team. A decent points day after having such a tough race all day. Top 35 is looking pretty good.

It seemed that neither car was ever as competitive in this race as they were in the last Pocono race. But, we're still cheering for both of you. Go get 'em boys!

4:02 PM  
Anonymous 84 said...

Excellent pit strategy by the 84 team. Looks like in the last 20 laps AJ slowed it down a bit to conserve fuel, and it payed off. Riggs and Yeley ran out of gas.....Anyone know how much AJ gained on Riggs in the top 35?

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There goes their shot at the Chase. That's was ugly. At least the #84 team made some ground on the top 35.

[33th] #55 -> 1631
[34th] #77 -> 1607
[35th] #66 -> 1577
[36th] #00 -> 1573 [-4]
[37th] #84 -> 1539 [-36]

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job by the 84 to keep fighting with a really bad car. Kept it in contention and gained some points too! Team had to keep working hard today and it pays off.
Neither the 83 or 84 had the car they had here in June. Was really hoping for better but youve got to run what you got!

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was not a very good call on Kevin parts. If Matt Kenseth had to pit and BV pitted with him, how did he think they were going to make it all the way? Chase hopes are pretty much out of the window with that run. Good job by JA to gain group on the top 35! Lets go get them at the Glen!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I would say Kevin was pretty close 1/2 of a lap. Anyways this race really sucked. I hopefully the 83 team can get a top 15 next week and a win at Michigan.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roush engines don't have the same fuel mileage as the TRD engines.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous 84 said...

Roush engines probably dont have the same engine "specifications" either, if ya know what im talking about.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the second time this year the 83 team tried to win on fuel mileage and lost. Not the way to go when you’re trying to gain points to get in the chase.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous tracy said...

Bet Riggs is glad that he stayed out and led a lap. I didn't count that into the totals that I figured at first, and had him 1 point out of the top 35. Good points day for Dinger, but a bad one for Brian.

7:15 PM  

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