Salem II: Scott Speed race report

Speed Survives Saturday Night Short Track Racing in Salem; Finishes Eighth Salem, Ind. (September 15, 2008) -- Scott Speed and the No. 2 Red Bull team left Salem, Indiana Saturday night exhausted, with a heavily damaged Toyota Camry, an ...

Speed Survives Saturday Night Short Track Racing in Salem; Finishes Eighth

Salem, Ind. (September 15, 2008) -- Scott Speed and the No. 2 Red Bull team left Salem, Indiana Saturday night exhausted, with a heavily damaged Toyota Camry, an eighth-place finish and a 90-point lead in the Championship point standings.

"The race was crazy!" said Speed. "One of the craziest I have ever been in. Our car started out good and I thought we were going to be okay. Then we were involved in a wreck and our car was all tore up. The team worked fast in the pits to repair the damage and keep us on the lead lap. To actually come out of Salem with an eighth-place finish after all that is pretty amazing."

Sean Caisse, Speed, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ran nose to tail for the first 84 laps. On lap 85, the No. 01 was caught behind a lapped car and Speed and Stenhouse sped past. Speed led for 12 laps before pitting under caution at lap 97 for four tires and fuel. The second half of the race was full of typical short-track short tempers and the hammering out of fenders.

Speed remained on the lead lap for the entire event, despite suffering major damage in the multi-car pile-up on lap 140. As the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota Camry sat on pit road during the red flag, Crew Chief Patrick Donahue and the crew were poised with tools and a plan to repair the car. The crew worked quickly under a series of pit stops and restarted the race in the ninth position. Speed gained a position in the final 54 laps, finishing the night in the eighth-place.

Leading 12 laps in the Saturday night showdown, Speed has now led in 14 of the 18 ARCA RE/MAX Series events this season. The finish marks the team's 13th consecutive top-10 finish. The ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Point gap between Speed and second-place Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. stretched to 90 points following the Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 by Advanced Auto Parts. Three races remain in the 2008 season.

Next Stop: Scott Speed and the No. 2 Red Bull team have a weekend free of racing but a full week of testing. The team travels to Carolina MotorSports Park in Kershaw, S.C. to take the road course Bull out for a drive. Then it is off to the high banks of Talladega for testing on Thursday and Friday.

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Scott Speed , Sean Caisse