Two dirt tracks. Two eighth-place finishes.
Scott Speed started 14th in Monday’s second and last dirt track race with the ARCA RE/MAX Series and improved six positions over 102 laps around the 1-mile oval. On Aug. 17, Speed also finished eighth on a similar surface in Springfield, Ill.
But this race may have been more demanding. Speed had dust and Labor Day heat to deal with — and a Red Bull Toyota with faulty brakes. Still, he managed a series-leading 14th top-10 finish.
“I am glad that’s over,” Speed said. “I will be happy if I don’t ever have to race another dirt race ever again. I’m glad to still have the points lead, and hopefully now we can get after it again on the asphalt.”
Indeed, Speed gets back to what he knows best — four asphalt races and a road-course event to close the season. He carries a 75-point lead over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. into Saturday’s race at Chicago.