Atlanta: Scott Riggs preview

Riggs, Valvoline Teameager To Return To Atlanta Motor Speedway HAMPTON, Ga. (March 15, 2005)--Scott Riggs is ready to attack Atlanta Motor Speedway and put behind him the sting of missing last fall's race. He's waited four months to return to...

Riggs, Valvoline Teameager To Return To Atlanta Motor Speedway

HAMPTON, Ga. (March 15, 2005)--Scott Riggs is ready to attack Atlanta Motor Speedway and put behind him the sting of missing last fall's race.

He's waited four months to return to the 1.54-mile track that owns the self-proclaimed "low-point" of his racing career, and wants nothing more than to produce a solid run in Sunday's Golden Corral 500.

"That was, by far, the low point of my career," recalled Riggs. "Knowing that it wasn't a lack of effort on anyone's part, we just didn't get the job done in qualifying."

Now, however, just three races into his sophomore season, Riggs is confident in the Valvoline team's ability to be competitive in this weekend's 500-mile event.

"I knew after missing last year's race that we had to test here," said Riggs. "We went down last week and brought two new cars, both of them are exactly the same and both drive the same. We felt confident when we left that we had a good car and would be competitive. Everywhere we've tested, we've been near the top of the charts and I feel like we have a team capable of being in the top-five every week."

So far thisseason, the Valvoline team has produced two top-10 starting spots and a fourth-place finish in the Daytona 500. More importantlythe team produced solid runs at every race.

"We've been a factor every week so we're finally starting to show what we've always known," he explained. "The bottom line is that we have to bring home the finishes, but to have such strong runs everywhere we've gone is a huge confidence builder. Now we need to work on closing the deal."

Following his Nextel Cup career-high finish in Daytona, a strong Fontana run was ruined by engine failure. Last week in Las Vegas, Riggs drove the Valvoline Chevy from the back to the front before a flat-tire cost him the finish.

"There's so much more confidence this season," Riggs commented. "I'm having fun this year and so are the guys. I'm not going out and overdriving the car trying to make something happen. Every week we're unloading good cars off the truck and showing consistency.

"We've had one of the fastest cars everywhere we've been, like we knew we would. Not only have we shown up every week, but every team knows we were there. That's what gives you confidence."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs