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08/10/08
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Scott Speed & Toyota win again in ARCA
Scott Speed, in Eddie Sharp's Red Bull Toyota, capitalized on an on-track argument between Sean Caisse and Justin Allgaier, and then drove away from Jeremy Clements during a last-lap shoot-out to win the action-packed Toyota 150 Saturday afternoon at Nashville Superspeedway.

"Honestly, the 01 (Caisse) and the 16 (Allgaier) were battling so hard that I was willing to settle for third," said Speed. "But when the opportunity presented itself I took it-just played out the race and waited to lead until the end. Those are the only laps you need to lead anyways."

Caisse and Allgaier battled back and forth much of the way bumping and grinding on one another, under green and caution periods, while Speed watched and waited in third. Inside of 10 laps to go, Allgaier finally raced underneath Caisse to lead the 97th lap of the scheduled 113-lap race, and began pulling away from everyone.

Then the caution came out when Bryan Silas made contact with the wall setting up the restart during which Caisse made contact with Allgaier coming to the green. Allgaier spun as a result while Caisse continued on with Speed and Clements in tow. Allgaier lost several positions in the exchange but was able to continue on while Speed put immediate pressure on Caisse. Caisse managed to hold off Speed for two laps before the eventual winner raced underneath Caisse three laps from the finish. Caisse continued to fall back while Speed continued to pull away. Then the final caution came out just after Speed took the white flag, which lengthened the race four additional laps to accommodate the ARCA-mandated green flag finish. It also set up a one-lap dash to the checkers during which Speed pulled away by five lengths at the final stripe.

The victory was Speed's fourth of the season as the Manteca, California driver padded his point lead headed into the homestretch of the 2008 season.

"I am in this for the experience," continued Speed, who also earned the SunTrust Rookie of the Race award. "The points would be nice but at the end of the day I honestly don't think that winning the ARCA Championship will make or break my career. No one but the Old Man [Frank Kimmel, nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion] has won in years."

Clements, who started 14th, finished second in the Boudreaux's Butt Paste-1 Stop Convenience Chevrolet, earning the Casite Hard Charger of the Race award.

"We lost this race in the pits," said Clements. "I honestly don't know what was happening. Why we put scuff tires on is beyond me. It's disappointing. I don't know what my future is for the rest of the year in ARCA. We are a family-owned team and just trying to find enough money to race."

Brian Scott, who is competing in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events at Nashville this weekend, finished third in the Albertsons-Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet.

"We overcame a lot of obstacles today," said Scott. "After wrecking the car in practice we had to work really hard to fix it and then we had a clutch problem during the race so I felt bad because that made it really tough on the crew. I haven't run the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race yet so it's hard to say whether or not my experience here in ARCA today will help me for the truck race but we will see how the track conditions are and go from there."

Caisse, who earned the Aarons Lap Leader award, led most of the way with 94 laps-led total, but fell all the way back to 16th in the final running order after yet another altercation on the last lap. Caisse also earned the Klotz Halfway Leader honors.

Matt Hawkins finished fourth in the JaniKing Dodge in front of Speed's teammate Justin Lofton, who finished fifth in the Lofton Cattle Dodge.

SIM Factory Pole Award winner Ken Butler III was sixth in the Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. trailing in seventh in the Ford Drive One Ford. Allgaier charged back through the pack to finish eighth in the CARFAX-Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet. Allgaier also earned the Accel Fastest Lap of the Race award.

Matt Carter was ninth in the Town & Country Ford-Stine Seed Ford. Patrick Sheltra finished 10th in the Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics Dodge.

Results

FIN

STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS 
1 5 2 Scott Speed/Manteca CA Red Bull Toyota 117 Running
2 14 3 Jeremy Clements/Spartanburg SC Boudreaux's Butt Paste-1 Stop Convenience Chevy 117 Running
3 12 25 Brian Scott/Boise ID Albertsons-Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet 117 Running
4 10 39 Matt Hawkins/Canton GA JaniKing Dodge 117 Running
5 6 20 Justin Lofton/Westmorland CA Lofton Cattle Dodge 117 Running
6 1 22 Ken Butler III/Lilburn GA Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota 117 Running
7 13 99 Ricky Stenhouse Jr./Olive Branch MS Ford Drive One-Roush Fenway Racing Ford 117 Running
8 4 16 Justin Allgaier/Springfield IL CARFAX-Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet 117 Running
9 11 46 Matt Carter/Denver NC Town & Country Ford Nashville-Stine Seed Ford 117 Running
10 16 60 Patrick Sheltra/Indiantown FL Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics Dodge 117 Running
11 8 1 Tom Hessert III/Cherry Hill NJ Maaco Auto Painting America's Body Shop Ford 117 Running
12 23 96 Brandon Knupp/Sidney OH Cash4Gold Ford 117 Running
13 18 4 Tayler Malsam/Seattle WA Dodge Development-Firedown Graphics Dodge 117 Running
14 20 18 Billy Leslie/Mt. Clemens MI Titan Tires & Wheels Ford 117 Running
15 17 29 Billy Wease/Noblesville IN Kenwood Audio Dodge 117 Running
16 2 01 Sean Caisse/Pelham NH AISIN Toyota 117 Running
17 3 32 James Buescher/Plano TX Mercedes Homes-Red Line Oil Dodge 117 Running
18 25 37 Dexter Bean/Westby WI Glock Chevrolet 117 Running
19 7 44 *Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ford Drive One-Kimmel Racing Ford 116 Running
20 33 45 Michael Phelps/Suwanee GA Bowen Family Homes-Cunningham Dodge 116 Running
21 15 30 Chad Blount/Walkerton IN Jones Group Racing Dodge 115 Running
22 21 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Chevrolet 114 Running
23 34 84 Norm Benning/Pittsburgh PA Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 112 Running
24 37 06 Tim Mitchell/Fayetteville TN Star Wheels Skate Center Ford 111 Running
25 32 7 Frank Kapfhammer/Louisville KY Long John Silver's-Pepsi Chevrolet 111 Running
26 36 26 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Central Michigan University Ford 110 Running
27 30 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 109 Running
28 29 11 Bryan Silas/Stuart FL Nortrax-Shell Rotella T Ford 106 Accident
29 22 12 Alli Owens/Daytona Beach FL ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevrolet 75 Accident
30 26 23 Donny Kelley/Humble TX Porter Glass Chevrolet 73 Rear End
31 19 71 Tim George Jr./Petaluma CA Gleukos All Natural Sport Fuel-TRG Motorsports Chevy 69 Accident
32 28 21 Chris Cockrum/Conyers GA Berktek-Ortronics-Accu Tech Line Chevrolet 67 Accident
33 9 09 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA Zaxby's-SPS-BB&T-Saxon Group Ford 51 Accident
34 27 75 Clay Rogers/Mooresville NC Bob Schacht Motorsports Ford 33 Engine
35 40 14 James Hylton/Inman SC Hylton Racing Dodge 19 Brakes
36 35 24 Mike Harmon/Birmingport AL Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 17 Engine
37 31 48 Ben Stancill/Ayden NC Quaker Steak & Lube Dodge 13 Accident
38 39 94 Jason Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 11 Transmssn
39 41 8 Greg Seevers/West Milton OH Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 2 Vibration
40 24 90 Gabi DiCarlo/Phoenix AZ Great Clips Toyota 2 Accident
41 38 0 Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN Wayne Peterson Racing Chevrolet 1 Handling
*Frank Kimmel was relieved by Will Kimmel

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