Berlin: Scott Speed race report

Back to Back Wins for Speed! Marne, Mich. (July 26, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing's Scott Speed made his first visit to Berlin Raceway, and stepped up to the challenge of the 7/16-mile track for the win under the lights. The talented former-F1...

Back to Back Wins for Speed!

Marne, Mich. (July 26, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing's Scott Speed made his first visit to Berlin Raceway, and stepped up to the challenge of the 7/16-mile track for the win under the lights. The talented former-F1 driver found his rhythm, took the lead at lap 153 and led the final 48 laps to the take the checkered flag in the Berlin ARCA 200. Saturday night's win is Speed's third ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in 2008.

"This was definitely a challenging track," said Speed. "Johnny B. gave me all the inside tricks of his track last week and by 30-to-go it definitely made sense. His advice helped me figure this track out quicker for sure. The team worked really hard today, especially during practice to get the set up dialed in and I really appreciate it."

"Johnny B." is Bill Davis Racing teammate, Johnny Benson. Benson is partial owner of and a master at the 7/16-mile Marne, Michigan short track.

Following a practice session that left team and driver questioning what the night would have in store for them, Speed qualified the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota in the 16th position with a 17.250-second lap. Justin Allgaier took the pole position and set a new track record with his 16.963 second-lap.

Speed strapped into his Red Bull Toyota on Saturday evening, ready for another race under the lights. With the cool night temperatures, the Camry required no adjustments during the lap 59 pit stop under caution. The Red Bull crew put two fresh tires on the right-side of the Red Bull Toyota and added fuel. Speed restarted the race in the tenth position, the farthest back in the field that the No. 2 would be during the 200-lap event.

With his two new tires, Speed climbed through the field steadily, at times even running three and four-wide. Driving with the confidence of a seasoned veteran and not the rookie that he is, Speed passed Frank Kimmel for the lead on lap 153.

Spotter Slugger Labbe coached his young driver, "nice and easy, bud. Save the tires where you can."

With the No. 16 (Allgaier) and No. 44 (Kimmel) challenging each other for second and third positions, Speed pulled away with three to four car length lead. Never challenged for the position, Speed took the checkered flag for his third career ARCA RE/MAX Series win and back-to-back victories following his win at Kentucky last weekend.

"We definitely have the car and the equipment to win this year," commented Speed. "We had a lot of bad luck at the beginning of the year but right now we seem to have a lot of momentum going and that is definitely helping us."

Scott Speed gained ground on the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship point leader Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., trailing him now by only 55 points (Speed 2800 points; Stenhouse Jr. 2855 points).

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Johnny Benson , Frank Kimmel , Scott Speed
Teams Bill Davis Racing