Tony Lumbis

Scott Speed Diary – Dodging the Rain and Returning to the Scene of a Big Win

It definitely was an odd trip to Charlotte last weekend with all of the rain. The delays really don’t bother me as a driver, I just kind of roll with it. You can’t let things outside of your control get to you when you are in this business. Still, with all the craziness going on around us, my Red Bull guys adapted well and gave me a great piece of equipment to drive. We’ve really come a long way with our intermediate program since missing the show at Texas last month, and I think it’s a testament to how hard everyone has been working.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Earns Third Top 10 Finish at the “Lake at Lowe’s”

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 14th; Finish: 9th* *Summary:* Joey Logano rolled off the starting grid in the 14th position when the green flag finally waived for the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday afternoon. The rookie, who just turned 19 years young on Sunday, celebrated by keeping his name mixed with the leaders for virtually the entire afternoon. By lap 15 he was already in the top 10 battling with the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson among others. On lap 133, crew chief Greg Zipadelli elected to keep his driver out during a pit stop cycle just long enough to lead one lap. It was the second race in a row that Logano lead.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: The Lady in Black Can’t Take A Bite Out Of “Sliced Bread”

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 5th; Finish: 9th* *Summary:* On Friday afternoon, Joey Logano turned in his best career Sprint Cup qualifying effort, surprising observers when he clocked in with the fifth quickest time. On Saturday night, their eyebrows were raised once more as the rookie proved his Home Depot Camry was fast for more than just one lap. Logano spent most of the first half of the race in or just outside of the top 10 despite battling a race car that wouldn’t quite handle the way he wanted it to.

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Rookie Report: Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose Bruised In Battle But Win the War in Richmond

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 13th; Finish: 19th* *Summary:* Joey Logano rolled off the grid in the 13th position for the Crown Royal presents the Russ Friedman 400, his third best start of the 2009 season. But unlike his previous two top 13 qualifying efforts (9th at Daytona and 10th at Texas), the rookie was able to hang with the lead pack for virtually the entire night. In fact, the neon orange and white Home Depot Camry rarely fell out of the top 20. Logano’s Sprint Cup Richmond debut was not incident-free, however, as is typically the case with short track events.

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Scott Speed Driver Diary: Momentum From Talladega and Beluga Whales!

It’s finally May and it’s getting warmer out so there is a lot to get excited about. I have to tell you though that April was definitely the tale of two months for me. It certainly didn’t start out well when we missed the show at Texas. I’m not sure what happened, but our car definitely wasn’t right. You only get one practice to dial the car in and we were just really off for some reason and we still aren’t sure what exactly went wrong. Qualifying is definitely my best attribute for sure so it’s difficult when you go to a racetrack and things aren’t right. It’s a huge challenge to get the setup right in such a short period of time. I stayed at the track though for the entire weekend, hung out with my friends and used it as an opportunity to learn more. It sucked being on the sidelines but it sure beats sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon.

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Rookies Find Checkers, Not Wreckers At ‘Dega With Keselowski, Speed, Logano Mastering Draft

*Brad Keselowski:* *Start: 9th; Finish: 1st* *Summary:* Brad Keselowski raced the Aaron’s 499 in the same manner as one would want to play a game of poker. After starting in the top 10, Keselowski spent much of the afternoon darting to the front of the pack, only to fall off the pace soon thereafter, leaving his competitors scratching their heads as to exactly what was under the hood of his Miccosukee Chevy.

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Out With The New And In With The Old For Phoenix Freshmen

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 31st; Finish: 21st* *Summary:* Last Friday, Joe Gibbs Racing president J.D. Gibbs put to rest the rumors that had his team’s rookie driver out of a job before the end of his first season. But it looked like even a vote of confidence from the boss wasn’t going to be enough to help Joey Logano out of his slump -- at least in the beginning of the race. The No. 20 team qualified outside the top 30 and struggled for much of the first 100 circuits, losing a lap to the leaders.

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Doomsday Looms Large Leaving Texas As Rookies Face Uncertain Futures

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 10th; Finish: 30th* *Summary:* The weekend started out strong for the Joe Gibbs Racing newcomer when he recorded his second best Sprint Cup qualifying effort and his best under “normal” procedures (Logano's "career high" is a ninth place start earned through the Gatorade Duels for the 2009 Daytona 500.) But 10th would be as good as it got for the No. 20 team when Logano dropped like a rock at the start of the race. After the first 20 laps, the Connecticut native was not even seen in the top 20 as he struggled with the handling of his Camry.

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Jiminy Cricket! Scott Speed Gets to Kyle Busch’s Conscience at Martinsville!

*Scott Speed:* *Start: 36th (Set by Owner Points); Finish: 39th* *Summary:* Scott Speed may very well have made history on Sunday afternoon during the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500… he made Kyle Busch apologize. No, he didn’t threaten the younger Busch brother with violence; just being involved in an incident with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was enough. With owner points shuffling the starting order, crew chiefs with cars in the back of the pack were forced to get creative when scheming to get their driver good track position -- and Jimmy Elledge was no exception.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: The Bristol Stomp on Joey Logano’s Solid Finish and Scott Speed’s Bubble Hopes

The results certainly weren’t much to get excited about, but I said last week that given their experience levels, both Rookie of the Year candidates should only worry about finishing at Bristol. Looking at it from that perspective, Speed met his goal and Logano certainly would have if it weren’t for some nasty engine gremlins. However, with five races in the books, both drivers should look at their respective points position as wakeup calls for the remainder of the season. Given the fact that there is no testing this year, don't expect the duo to light the series on fire. However, with Speed now outside of the Top 35 and Logano squarely on the bubble, they're going to need to step it up to avoid putting themselves in jeopardy of missing races. One top-20 finish between the two certainly cannot be acceptable to their teams, crews, and most importantly, the drivers themselves.

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