Michigan: Speed post race interview

SCOTT SPEED, No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 3rd Can you talk about your third-place finish? "It was a good run. I got the opportunity to go out there and lead earlier in the race and then obviously the finish is...

SCOTT SPEED, No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 3rd

Can you talk about your third-place finish?

"It was a good run.  I got the opportunity to go out there and lead earlier in the race and then obviously the finish is pretty good
too.  It's great that we can run competitively in the front.  I learn a lot running with guys like Johnny (Benson) up there at the
front really battling there at the end.  I learned a lot this weekend and that was the most important thing."

Can you talk about the race from your perspective?

"We had a great truck all day -- us and the 30 (Todd Bodine) were really hooked up out there. The cautions didn't really help us out at all really -- really any of them, they all sort of hurt us a bit. To come from where we were, ninth after the stop and have to take four tires at the end and come through was great for me. I learn a lot when I'm doing stuff like that. To race with guys like Johnny (Benson) who race me really hard and clean -- this race in particular, Dover -- I'm learning so much now that I am running with these really good drivers at the front. It's just an amazing amount of information that I'm taking in."

Can you talk about your experience in side-drafting?

"Running with guys like Johnny (Benson) at the front that are really great drivers and easily at a Cup level, you learn that stuff well. I'm definitely not always making the right decisions, sometimes it works out good and I'm very happy that we were able to come from ninth and work our way up to third and run down the guys -- we had a great, great truck today. I certainly learned a lot on the restarts, I'm still getting schooled a bit. Johnny (Benson) did me dirty on the outside and made me look silly. (Laughter) My dream is to pass Johnny (Benson) or Mike (Skinner) on the outside one day, somewhere, even under caution would be nice."

How much fun is it for you to be in trucks that are capable of running up front?

"It's difficult because you don't compare Formula 1 like that. I never raced Formula 1 to try to beat the guy in front of me. To be honest, without the bad blood between ourselves and the team owner -- Formula 1 was amazing running where we were. You're competing against a different prize -- it's the teams competing against the teams and when you have Ferrari spending 450 million and we're spending a buck-twenty -- you would never even dream of competing with them. It's different. It's amazing to see when you put so much money into racing what can come out of it as far as technology and performance and professionalism. It really is the top, top. This here, for one is more racing -- two, as a driver you have more control. If your truck is running good then you can get around here and if it's not then you're going to be slow. Mike Skinner is not back there because he doesn't feel like driving at the front. You have a lot more control as a driver and you have a lot more control of how the set-up is done, what the truck feels like and if you get that relationship with the crew chief -- you're going to be able to be at the front often. Having the chance to win and getting in winner's circle -- it's an amazing feeling for sure."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner
Teams Bill Davis Racing