Talladega: Scott Speed race report

"Are you sure this is working?" Scott Speed making his first attempt to draft Scott Speed enrolled in Drafting 101 at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday and used all 250 miles to graduate his ...

"Are you sure this is working?"

Scott Speed making his first attempt to draft Scott Speed enrolled in Drafting 101 at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday and used all 250 miles to graduate his #21 Red Bull Toyota in a 7th place finish at the ARCA/Re-Max 250. Rolling off the grid in 7th position, Speed radioed his crew to "Get 'er done," in a valiant effort to reclaim his States-side track smack and show that he means business. Speed quickly worked his way up to 3rd but found himself shuffled to 14th in no time. Dabbling between 8th and 14th position, Speed advanced back to 3rd by lap 50.

Spotter Tim Fedewa soon advised him, "When you're running alone that car shoots like a bullet and you can pass four to five cars." Scott's response, "Well we'll just have to get this thing in the lead then," to which Tim responded, "See what you can do about that."

Speed took Tim's advice to heart and for the duration of the race worked the No. 21 Red Bull Toyota around in the draft running as far up as 3rd and only dropping back as far as 15th. A late wreck on lap 87 saw the field check up and Speed's nose was slightly damaged after contact with the rear bumper in front of him. Speed can take his lumps, and emerged only to step up his game for the final four laps advancing 6 positions to 7th where he held on strong to take the No. 21 Red Bull Toyota to the checkered flag.

RADIO CHATTER

Speed to Spotter: "It's a bit hard to hear you because it's so quiet in this car (sarcastic), so can you talk a little louder?"

Speed to Crew: "Do we have enough fuel to make it to the end of the race?"

Crew: "Within about one lap."

Speed: "Ok, then I'll conserve the shit out of this fuel."

Quote:

Scott Speed, No. 21 driver:

"I had a blast out there! This type of racing just couldn't be more different than Formula 1. In Formula 1, it's all about instant reactions. With stock cars, it's more of a chess game of figuring out what to do and where to go with your car. My strong suit was at the very beginning and the very end of the race, when everyone went everywhere. I definitely was able to pick off guys. But when everyone was in a train, I definitely didn't have a good feel of what was better, the outside or the inside drafting lines."

-credit: teamredbull

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Series ARCA
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