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DATE News (chronologically)
04/25/08
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Scott Speed wins ARCA race  
Scott Speed
ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Scott Speed, with an assist from the Aaron's Lucky Dog, won the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand Friday afternoon at Kansas Speedway.

Speed, in the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota, battled back from a lap down, blew by rookie Jesse Smith on a late-race restart with six laps remaining, and then kept Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. at bay to claim his career-first victory in his fifth career series start.

Speed, who led 21 laps total, went a lap down early on while he was leading when he had to come down pit road under green to refasten his window net, which had fallen down.

"I don't let things that I can't control affect me while I'm driving," said Speed. "Obviously, something like a window net I can't control. I just got really aggressive after that happened so that we could be in a position to earn the Lucky Dog. Once we got that, I pushed real hard to make up a lot of positions."

Speed was in position to get the Aaron's Lucky Dog award during a lap 54 caution period, which put the Formula One veteran back in the lead-lap mix.

"It's certainly great to win a race; it's been awhile. The goal is to be successful in Cup, so if we are learning a lot here, that's great. Every lap I make on a racetrack is beneficial. This is why I am pushing so hard; because it's beneficial."

Speed, who earned the SunTrust Highest Finishing Rookie honors, also established a new race record at 124.855 mph. Speed's crew chief Patrick Donahue was the Cometic Crew Chief of the Race.

Stenhouse, Jr., in the No. 99 RoushFenway.com Ford, finished second, 10 lengths away, a career-best for the Olive Branch, Mississippi driver. Stenhouse, who started 17th, also earned the Casite Hard Charger of the Race honors.

"The pit crew did an awesome job today; they gained several spots on that first caution," said Stenhouse.  "I have to apologize to the No. 93. I got a better run than I thought I did off four and accidentally got into him there late in the race. I was disappointed that the last caution came out.  It took me a few laps to get going and there at the end I think we could have caught the leader. I just ran out of laps."

Rookie Jesse Smith, in only his third series start, finished a career-best third in the No. 30 Lloyd's Barbeque-Spam-Hormel Dodge after leading 24 laps. Michael Annett finished fourth in the No. 28 Northland Oil-Pilot Travel Centers Toyota and was the Aaron's Lap Leader of the Race after leading 29 laps. Annett was followed by Robb Brent, who finished a career best fifth in the No. 00 Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Chevrolet after leading 19 laps.

In all, six drivers exchanged the lead 11 times while four cautions, all for minor incidents, slowed the race on four occasions for 19 laps.

Jeremy Clements, who led three laps, finished sixth in the 1 Stop Convenience Stores-Saxon Group Chevrolet.

Results

FIN

STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN LAPS STATUS 
1 2 2 Scott Speed/Manteca CA 100 Running
2 17 99 Ricky Stenhouse Jr./Olive Branch MS 100 Running
3 3 30 Jesse Smith/Wildwood MO 100 Running
4 4 28 Michael Annett/Des Moines IA 100 Running
5 5 00 Robb Brent/Shelby Township MI 100 Running
6 15 3 Jeremy Clements/Spartanburg SC 100 Running
7 1 22 Ken Butler III/Lilburn GA 100 Running
8 8 60 Patrick Sheltra/Indiantown FL 100 Running
9 23 90 Gabi DiCarlo/Phoenix AZ 100 Running
10 12 25 Ryan Fischer/Surrey British Columbia 100 Running
11 7 46 Matt Carter/Denver NC 100 Running
12 10 93 Justin Lofton/Westmorland CA 100 Running
13 18 1 Tom Hessert III/Cherry Hill NJ 100 Running
14 9 4 Tayler Malsam/Bellevue WA 100 Running
15 13 09 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA 100 Running
16 24 11 Bryan Silas/Stuart FL 99 Running
17 21 45 Michael Phelps/Suwanee GA 99 Running
18 14 12 Alli Owens/Daytona Beach FL 99 Running
19 26 37 Dexter Bean/Westby WI 98 Running
20 16 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN 98 Running
21 22 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA 98 Running
22 19 32 Dominick Casola/Holmdel NJ 98 Running
23 31 47 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI 98 Running
24 25 02 Pierre Bourque/Ottawa ON 97 Running
25 28 29 Ron Cox/Soddy Daisy TN 96 Running
26 33 84 Norm Benning/Pittsburgh PA 95 Running
27 11 94 Max Dumarey/Gent Belgium 94 Running
28 34 24 Mike Harmon/Birmingport AL 94 Running
29 37 06 Tim Mitchell/Fayetteville TN 87 Running
30 6 16 Justin Allgaier/Springfield IL 83 Engine
31 38 79 Mike Koch/Mountain Home AR 81 Running
32 30 7 Frank Kapfhammer/Louisville KY 77 Oil Leak
33 20 48 Jake Francis/Painesville OH 77 Running
34 32 23 Donny Kelley/Humble TX 67 Running
35 35 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN 50 Rear End
36 27 14 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL 36 Battery
37 39 21 James Hylton/Inman SC 4 Transmssn
38 36 26 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI 1 Vibration
39 40 10 AJ Genail/Atchison KS 1 Handling
77 Todd Hansen/Farmington MN

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