Daytona: Scott Speed race report

Speed Dominates Early; Eliminated in Big One at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 9, 2008) -- Scott Speed started exactly where you want to at Daytona International Speedway, on the front row with no one in front of him. Speed jumped out and...

Speed Dominates Early; Eliminated in Big One at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 9, 2008) -- Scott Speed started exactly where you want to at Daytona International Speedway, on the front row with no one in front of him. Speed jumped out and was in a league of his own, leading nearly every one of the laps before coming to the pits during a caution on lap 24. Shortly after the race resumed, the notorious 'big one' occurred, collecting Speed and the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota. Only 29 laps into the ARCA 200, Scott Speed's day was over. Speed finished 39th.

[IMAGE]When the green flag dropped, the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota was ready to show exactly how fast it was. Speed made an impressive start, quickly jumping out in front the pole sitter, and leading the first lap. Speed's radio chatter was entertaining as he quoted Talladega Nights stating that "this is the coolest thing I've ever done!"

Speed reported early that the car was a little loose and that towards the end of the run "we were skating around out there."

On lap 24 Speed came down pit road for his first pit stop. The Eddie Sharp Racing team put on four tires and added fuel to the Red Bull Toyota. Speed restarted the race on lap 27 in the 13th position.

On lap 30, two cars ahead of Speed bounced off of each other, triggering a multi-car pileup that red-flagged the event. In typical superspeedway fashion, the 'big one' eliminated many of the races key players, including Scott Speed. In characteristic fashion and much to the amusement of the fans, Speed hopped out of his crumpled car and promptly stuck his thumb out to hitch a ride back to the back to the infield. The No. 2 Red Bull Toyota returned to the garage on the back of a flatbed and Speed made the required visit to the infield care center. When Speed arrived at the team hauler following his check-up, he was all smiles. Despite the early exit, Speed was thrilled with the car's performance and the experience of competing at Daytona.

"The car was running well," Speed stated with a grin. "I think we had our stuff sorted. Yeah, we were looking good."

Speed added when asked if he had fun, "it was definitely fun! I learned a lot actually about the draft, even in that short amount of time. About how the air comes off the bodies and spoilers and how that changes in the straightaways and the turns. I can definitely take a lot of that away with me."

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Scott Speed