Bristol: Red Bull Racing race report

Hardly anyone could tell Wednesday night was Scott Speed's first crack at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Speed again showed his ability to adapt and react to whatever is thrown at him -- this time it was the no- toriously nasty bullring in the ...

Hardly anyone could tell Wednesday night was Scott Speed's first crack at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Speed again showed his ability to adapt and react to whatever is thrown at him -- this time it was the no- toriously nasty bullring in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. He captured his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole and finished third in the O'Reilly 200.

"I had a ton of fun out there," said Speed, racing the No.22 Red Bull Toyota for the first time since June at Michigan. "This is definitely my new favorite short track, for sure. (Crew chief) Doug Wolcott and the BDR guys are awesome, and I can't wait to get back in this thing at Vegas."

Speed remained calm throughout a frustrating and hectic race, battling up front with veterans such as race winner Kyle Busch, second-place Todd Bodine and teammate Johnny Benson. Rarely was Speed out of the top five.

"The racing was a lot more difficult than driving in qualifying," Speed said. "I saved a lot in the race knowing that we had to be good in the end. At the end, I think we had the best truck out there, but we just didn't have a chance with all the cautions."

In nine truck starts, Speed has one win, three top fives and five top 10s. His next scheduled start comes Sept.20 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

-credit: rbr

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Johnny Benson , Scott Speed , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing