Atlanta: Scott Speed race report

SPEED ACCELERATES STOCK-CAR DEVELOPMENT IN TRUCK DEBUT Red Bull driver Scott Speed made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, earning 27th in the No. 46 Red Bull truck. The stock-truck rookie had no ...

SPEED ACCELERATES STOCK-CAR DEVELOPMENT IN TRUCK DEBUT

Red Bull driver Scott Speed made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, earning 27th in the No. 46 Red Bull truck. The stock-truck rookie had no qualms "throwing himself off the deep end," knocking out three firsts - his first NCTS run, first night race, and first time lapping a 1.5-mile speedway.

At the drop of the green, Speed moved into the 22nd position before a strong vibration in the car forced the rookie driver to make a veteran call to come into the pits for a four-tire change. The No. 46 lost two laps in the unplanned pit stop, but potentially saved them from becoming damaged goods on track. Speed spent the rest of the 200-mile race vying for a track position that would allow him to get his laps back.

Speed's confidence grew as the race progressed, gracing the radio waves with "that Truck was slow as hell and I passed him no problem!" The caution cycle didn't play out for the Red Bull driver to get his laps back, but all present could attest there was no shortage of excitement in Speed's first day of Truck school. Speed's classroom efforts earned him a clean and competitive race run, accomplishing the agenda set out for him - seat time in one of NASCAR's most competitive series.

Scott Speed on life in the Truckin' lane: "It took me a couple laps to get my truck sorted and race-ready, but as soon as I got going, it was a crash course in learning how the truck handles running in traffic with a pack of other Trucks. It was so cool to race these guys hard, but also cool to watch the more experienced drivers just pick off trucks through the field. It was such a different experience from anything I've ever done before, but I'm always different. Come on, I had white hair three months ago."

-credit: rbr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Scott Speed