RED BULL DRIVER SCOTT SPEED CLAIMS FIRST TRUCK VICTORY! Take care of the feet that take care of you. Maybe Scott Speed's pedicure before Friday's Craftsman Truck race wasn't such a bad idea. "He told me when he got on the plane that he had his...
RED BULL DRIVER SCOTT SPEED CLAIMS FIRST TRUCK VICTORY!
Take care of the feet that take care of you. Maybe Scott Speed's pedicure before Friday's Craftsman Truck race wasn't such a bad idea.
"He told me when he got on the plane that he had his toes painted and that they feel better than they ever did and that he thought he would have better throttle control," joked Doug Wolcott, Scott's crew chief at Bill Davis Racing. "That's what let us pull away at the end."
Indeed, Scott had the tips of his toenails painted blue, but it was a two-tire stop late in the race that helped send the Red Bull driver to victory lane in the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway. Driving the No. 22 Red Bull Toyota, Scott ran away from the field after a late restart to earn his first-ever NCTS win in just his fifth attempt.
The winning moment came on lap 133, when the No. 22 gained valuable track position with a two- tire stop. He blew past Todd Bodine for the lead on lap 150, kept Ron Hornaday at bay and eventually beat Jack Sprague to the finish line by more than three seconds.
"My hats off to the team. They're really the ones that won this race," Scott said. "I'm pretty confident that anyone in this truck at the last 50 laps after the pit stop would have done exactly the same thing. I'm having the time of my life just coming over here and trying to learn this sport. It's awesome, and Red Bull is giving me an incredible opportunity to do this. Without them, none of this would have been possible."
Speed's Dover win marks Red Bull's third stock car victory including Speed's ARCA RE/MAX Series win at Kansas Speedway, and AJ Allmendinger's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series feature race win at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Speed will seek his second NCTS victory at Michigan International Speedway on June 14.
"I think the biggest achievement that we've actually made this weekend was being able to make our truck better because when we unloaded we definitely weren't right. To get in the front and drive the truck when it's fast isn't difficult, to be fair, but the racing and to make the truck what it is to go fast is where I'm learning the most. The fact that we can do that and progress -- it's awesome and it's really given me a lot of confidence that one day I'll be able to make it successful over here."