Scott Speed Needs a Good Dover Sunday

David PhillipsAnalyst IMay 31, 2009

DOVER, DE - MAY 29:  Scott Speed drives the #82 Red Bull Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Scott Speed and his No. 82 Red Bull Cola team came to Dover this weekend and will attempt to make up a meer 41 points over the Front Row/Earnhardt-Gannassi Chevy to get that all important spot to be locked into the top-35.

Speed so far has missed two races this season, one of which he did drive Joe Nemecheck's No. 87.

Speed is lucky to even still have a shot at passing the No.34 in owner points. If not for bad runs for that team Speed would be so far behind. Speed and his team came to Dover where Speed earned his first career NASCAR Victory in the truck series one year ago. Also yesterday in the Nationwide race he had a top-10 at the Dover track.

So that means Speed heads into Sunday's Cup race not ever finishing out of the top-10 at Dover.

Is this the Speed-demons weekend to shine? So far Speed has qualified 23rd and had the 33rd fastest lap in final practice.

Speed loves the Dover track saying “The more grip, the better I am. Dover has a lot of grip, so I’m looking forward to getting into the Cup car there.”

Speed finished 18th in the rain shortened running of Mondays Coca-Cola 600 and said it was the best he had felt in the Cup car so far.

Speed's teammate Vickers finished fifth last week and sits 80 points out of the top-12.

Speed's rookie season has been exactly what I expected from him so far. I would think if not for wrecks and bad luck he is capable of being in the top-30 in points, but he is learning and that does take time jumping from ARCA to Trucks right to Cup from Formula 1 which will come in to help him out at the two upcoming road course races seeing that all formula 1 races are held on road course tracks.

Speed so far:

ARCA Re/Max- in 22 starts he has four wins and 18 top-10's

Camping World Trucks- 16 starts he has one win and nine top-10's

Nationwide Series-in six starts he has two top-10's

Sprint Cup Series- in 16 starts he has one top-10