Pocono II: Scott Speed race report

Speed Leaves Pocono with Championship Points Lead Long Pond, Penn. (August 2, 2008) -- Sweeping the pole positions at Pocono Raceway in 2008, Eddie Sharp Racing's Scott Speed battled Justin Allgaier for the win in the final laps of Saturday's ...

Speed Leaves Pocono with Championship Points Lead

Long Pond, Penn. (August 2, 2008) -- Sweeping the pole positions at Pocono Raceway in 2008, Eddie Sharp Racing's Scott Speed battled Justin Allgaier for the win in the final laps of Saturday's Pennsylvania 200. Speed took the checkered flag in the second position but left the 2.5-mile triangular speedway with the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship points lead.

"It was a great day," said Speed. "We had an awesome car all weekend and to come away with such a points lead is really encouraging for the guys. Honestly, I'm happy for him [Justin Allgaier] to win. He had a great run and it was a very good battle at the end."

The Red Bull team unloaded a solid car for Friday's practice session. Requiring very little adjustment, the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota rolled to the grid for qualifying. Speed laid down a 54.286-second lap (165.789 mph) to capture his third SIM Factory Pole Award of the season.

Following a one-hour rain delay, the green flag dropped for the 80-lap Pennsylvania 200. Reporting a vibration early in the race, the No. 2 team held their breath for the remaining 70 laps. The car was a little tight early in each green flag run, but the handling stabilized each time after about five laps.

The No. 16 (Allgaier) and Speed swapped the lead throughout the course of the race, with the final pass coming at lap 74. During that lap, the Red Bull Toyota passed the No. 16, however the final caution occurred and the field was returned to the its positions in accordance to the last scoring loop. This put Allgaier back in front of Speed.

The race restarted with a green-white-checkered finish. Allgaier and Speed batted for the final two laps; however the victory this time would go to Allgaier for his first superspeedway win.

Speed took the lead in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship point chase with his stellar performance at Pocono. Speed leads second place Matt Carter, who moved past Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. this weekend, by 95 points.

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Scott Speed , Justin Allgaier