Speed Rocks Nashville for Win ...
Speed Rocks Nashville for Win #4
Tightens grip on Championship Point Standings
Lebanon, Tenn. (August 9, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing's Scott Speed rocked and rolled to his fourth career win at Nashville Superspeedway. Just four laps from the checkered flag in the Toyota 150, Speed grabbed the lead from Sean Caisse who dominated the field all day. Following a last lap caution and one-lap race to the finish, Speed rolled to the checkered flag and was rocking out on the famous Sam Bass Gibson Guitar in Victory Lane. Speed extended his ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship point lead over second-place Matt Carter to 140 points
"The 01 [Caisse] and the 16 [Allgaier] were battling so hard in front of us that I was willing to settle for third and not risk getting taken out of the race," said Speed. "I knew if we had the chance we could get past the 01 and when the opportunity presented itself I took it. We may not have led the race until the end, but those are the most important laps to lead anyways."
With reports from Speed that the car was "tight in the center but a little loose off," the Red Bull crew made an air pressure adjustment on the right-side tires, put on four "sticker" tires and added fuel when the No. 2 came to pit road under a caution on lap 55.
Under then next caution, Speed chatted with Donahue about the car's handling.
"Well, we lost all our forward drive out but it [the adjustments during the pit stop] helped the center for sure," radioed Speed. "I think in the long run it's going to be really good. It's just a handful right now!"
Speed added laughing, "I think I had it at a 90 degree angle coming out of that turn it was so loose!"
Donahue replied, "I'm glad you can laugh at it. It made me a little nervous up here. They just showed your wiggle on the TV broadcast. Man, you did have it sideways! Nice job there!"
In the closing laps, contact between the 16 and 01 sent Allgaier (No. 16) spinning off the track. The race remained under the green flag and Speed put the hammer down and passed Caisse for the lead on lap 109.
The Red Bull pit was poised to erupt as Speed came around to take the checkered flag when the final caution of the day occurred. The race restarted for a one-lap dash and Speed took the checkered flag for his fourth win of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. Speed also collected SunTrust Rookie of the Race honors.
Next Stop: Scott Speed will turn his first laps on a dirt track next weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. SIM Factory Pole Qualifying takes place on Sunday, August 17 at 12:00 p.m. Driver introductions will start at 1:45 p.m. and the green flag for the 100-mile Allen Crowe Memorial 100 drops Saturday at 2:00 p.m. All times listed are EASTERN.