Scott Conquers Dover
Take care of the feet that take care of you. Maybe Scott Speed’s pedicure before Friday’s Craftsman Truck race wasn’t such a bad idea.
“He told me when he got on the plane that he had his toes painted and that they feel better than they ever did and that he thought he would have better throttle control,” joked Doug Wolcott, Scott’s crew chief at Bill Davis Racing. “That’s what let us pull away at the end.”
Indeed, Scott had the tips of his toenails painted blue, but it was a two-tire stop late in the race that helped send the Red Bull driver to victory lane in the AAA Insurance 200 — his first start at rugged Dover International Speedway. Driving BDR’s No. 22 Red Bull Toyota, Scott ran away from the field after a late restart to become the series’ third consecutive first-time winner.
He celebrated by stopping along the frontstretch to acknowledge the crowd and his crew, and he followed up with a series of unusual facial expressions while posing with the winner’s trophy. But then again, Scott’s a little unusual.
“I can’t take anything serious. Victory celebration … I was just goofing off,” Scott said. “As far as the toe nails, you’ve obviously never experienced the joy of having someone take care of your feet. It was quite amazing, actually. My feet were very soft, very beautiful for my standards. Don’t knock it till you try it.”
The winning moment came on lap 133, when the No. 22 gained valuable track position with a two-tire stop. He blew past Todd Bodine for the lead on lap 150, kept Ron Hornaday at bay and eventually beat Jack Sprague to the finish line by more than three seconds.
“My hats off to the team. They’re really the ones that won this race,” Scott said. “I’m pretty confident that anyone in this truck at the last 50 laps after the pit stop would have done exactly the same thing. I’m having the time of my life just coming over here and trying to learn this sport. It’s awesome, and Red Bull is giving me an incredible opportunity to do this. Without them, none of this would have been possible.”
Scott returns to ARCA and Eddie Sharp Racing’s No. 2 Red Bull Toyota for the June 7 race at Pocono. His next truck start comes June 14 at Michigan.