Michigan: Scott Speed race report

Scott Speed headed to Michigan International Speedway for the first time in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career this past weekend. The incredibly talented rookie was looking for another strong finish in his Red Bull Tundra. Starting the...

Scott Speed headed to Michigan International Speedway for the first time in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career this past weekend. The incredibly talented rookie was looking for another strong finish in his Red Bull Tundra.

Starting the weekend off with practice on Friday, Speed was looking good as he was flying around the two-mile speedway. Having to run in the ARCA RE/MAX Series the same weekend, Speed had plenty of much needed time on the racetrack and therefore knew his line on the track well. Speed finished out the day in the fifth position on the practice speed charts and was ready for Saturday morning's qualifying session.

Speed drew the first position in the qualifying order; therefore he was the first one on the track in the Truck Series. Having qualified his ARCA RE/MAX Series car on the pole the day before and finishing fourth early Saturday morning in his ARCA race, Speed knew exactly what he had to run on the track for qualifying. Running a 41.239 second lap, Speed qualified himself in the fifth position for that afternoon's 100 lap race.

As the green flag waved over the field, Speed immediately moved forward. By the second lap he had already made his way into the second position and maintained that position until he took the lead on lap 23. Speed then radioed over to his crew chief, Doug Wolcott that his Red Bull truck was pretty close to perfect and he needed no changes at this point.

Speed continued to lead until lap 36 when he was forced to pit under green flag conditions with the rest of the field. Taking four tires and fuel, but making no adjustments, Speed got back on the two-mile track in the fourth position and wasted no time as he re-took the lead on lap 44.

With the second caution of the race coming out on lap 45, Speed once again came to pit road, this time taking two right side tires and fuel only. He restarted the race in the second position on lap 50, behind only his teammate, Johnny Benson.

Speed continued to jockey for his position on the racetrack. Remaining within the top-three throughout the next few laps until another caution flag would come out. Speed would then once again come to pit road this time in the second position as he took four tires and fuel to finish out the race.

With just 39 laps to go on the restart, Speed would yet again begin to pick off positions one by one and on lap 72, he would find himself back in the second position.

With the race laps winding down, Speed continued to drive hard on the Michigan based track. Fighting for the lead with just 10 laps to go, Speed looked as if he may win his second career NASCAR race, however soon the caution flag would come out on lap 94 forcing a restart with just three to go.

Trying to hold off his teammate Johnny Benson from behind as well as trying to pass the leader, Speed would battle hard and finish his eighth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in the third position.

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Benson , Scott Speed