Speed Bags Win No. 4
Scott Speed headed into Nashville determined to extend his points lead. Mission accomplished, as Speed’s fourth ARCA RE/MAX Series victory of the season padded his championship lead to 140 points over Matt Carter.
“This win is great,” said Speed, who led the final eight laps of the Toyota 150. “I just paced myself and remained calm within the last few laps, and it all worked out. My hat is off to my guys. They are awesome, and they deserve this more than anyone.”
Speed twice tested with Eddie Sharp Racing at Nashville over the past few weeks and felt confident on the concrete. He capitalized on repeated on-track incidents between Justin Allgaier and Sean Caisse, and passed Caisse with three laps to go. Just as Speed took the white flag, another caution set up ARCA’s mandatory green-flag finish, but Speed and the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota drove away from second-place Jeremy Clements and won by five car lengths.
“When the opportunity presented itself,” Speed said, “I took it … just played out the race and waited to lead until the end. Those are the only laps you need to lead anyways.”
With seven races remaining, Speed leads the series in all major statistical categories — four wins, nine top fives and 12 top 10s.