Speed Stands Fast at Bristol
Hardly anyone could tell Wednesday night was Scott Speed’s first crack at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Speed again showed his ability to adapt and react to whatever is thrown at him — this time it was the notoriously nasty bullring in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. He captured his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole and finished third in the O’Reilly 200.
“I had a ton of fun out there,” said Speed, racing the No. 22 Red Bull Toyota for the first time since June at Michigan. “This is definitely my new favorite short track, for sure. (Crew chief) Doug Wolcott and the BDR guys are awesome, and I can’t wait to get back in this thing at Vegas.”
Speed remained calm throughout a frustrating and hectic race, battling up front with veterans such as race winner Kyle Busch, second-place Todd Bodine and teammate Johnny Benson. Rarely was Speed out of the top five.
“The racing was a lot more difficult than driving in qualifying,” Speed said. “I saved a lot in the middle knowing we had to be good in the end. At the end, I think we had the best truck out there.”
In nine truck starts, Speed has one win, three top fives and five top 10s. His next scheduled start comes Sept. 20 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.