Speed to race trucks for Bill Davis

Scott Speed is set to add more races to his stock car schedule this year, competing in eleven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events for Bill Davis Racing, Red Bull Racing Team announced Tuesday

Speed to race trucks for Bill Davis

The former Scuderia Toro Rosso driver has competed in two truck events thus far driving a Chevrolet Silverado for Morgan Dollar Motorsports, first at Atlanta and then at Martinsville, where he scored a tenth-place finish last weekend.

Red Bull Racing Team has now secured a deal to allow Speed to compete in eleven races driving the No. 24 Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing. Richard 'Slugger' Labbe, who used to be Jacques Villeneuve's crew chief, will work alongside Speed.

"We're very fortunate to work with a Truck Series team as successful as BDR, and a crew chief of Slugger's credentials," said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team General Manager and Vice President. "They'll both be great assets and resources for Scott through the next phase of his stock car development program."

Speed's first race with BDR will be at Kansas Speedway on April 26, and he will alternate between his ARCA RE/MAX Series commitments and his new Truck Series schedule. That means he will compete in no less than 30 stock car events this season.

Former Truck Series champion Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson will be Speed's new teammates. Skinner is currently driving the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series replacing AJ Allmendinger, who had also competed for BDR in the Trucks in 2006.

"This is a great opportunity for me to work closely with Skinner while I get my feet wet in the Truck Series," Speed said. "He knows what it takes to run well and win races, and that's a hell of a mentor for me to have. The more I can learn from him, the quicker my learning process will be in these Trucks."

Speed's next race will be the second round of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Salem Speedway, Indiana on April 13th.

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