Bristol: Riggs - Dodge Saturday interview

SCOTT RIGGS (No. Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger) NOTE: Riggs was fastest in Saturday morning's first practice session with a lap of 122.678 mph. Riggs made 67 laps in the first practice session, more than any other driver. WHAT'S ...

SCOTT RIGGS (No. Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger)

NOTE: Riggs was fastest in Saturday morning's first practice session with a lap of 122.678 mph. Riggs made 67 laps in the first practice session, more than any other driver.

WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS WEEKEND?

"We haven't done anything different this weekend than we've done in the past. I think we had a pretty good test here a month ago. We had a good practice this inmorning and made some good changes. We need to make sure we continue that through the next practice."

HOW ABOUT THE TIRE WEAR FOR TOMORROW? "Tires will not be an issue here. You're not going to hear about them wearing out and blistering or being too hard and sliding around. The tire here at Bristol is a good match for the amount of grip the track gives, and I don't think it'll be an issue. The main thing is you can go so long here on the tires and make so many laps because you're not hurting them and they still work. The main thing is get your car working for a long time so you don't have to pit as many times as everyone else."

ARE YOU READY TO RACE? "I think everybody is ready for the Bristol race and Martinsville as far as that goes. I don't think anyone is ready to carry this car to a mile racetrack where aerodynamics is going to play a big role and how they drive around each other. Right now the most important part of this car is the four tires that are on the racetrack. That's always important, but it's a lot easier to make mechanical grip right now at a place like Bristol than Phoenix, Dover and Loudon, places that are a lot faster."

WOULD IT BE BIG TO WIN THE FIRST RACE IN THE AVENGER? "It would be big to win the first race in the COT. It would be big to win the first race in the Avenger. It would be big for me to win my first race. It would be great for our points situation. At the same time, we try to win every single weekend. We've just got to make sure we have a solid weekend. We've run well in the past. We just haven't been able to seal the deal and have a good solid finish. That's all we want this weekend. A top five would be good for us with no scratches on the car. It will still be a survival test with trouble lurking around every corner. You've got to watch who you're racing around. Lapped traffic is going to be horrendous after the halfway mark. If we have any cautions and they line up on the inside of you it's going to be terrible. It's probably going to be a typical Bristol."

COMMENT ON PASSING "It would help to have a faster car and get back in the gas before they do in the corner. We'll see about the bump and run. If you have damage to the rear wing you're going to have to come in and fix it. It'll probably take 20-30 laps to fix it, but that's what you've got to do. Starting up front and good track position will be very important. I'd hate to be starting too far in the back. That might be a problem."

COMMENT ON THREE EVERNHAM AVENGERS QUALIFYING IN THE TOP 10 "I think Evernham Motorsports did a good job testing a month ago here. I think we did a good job sharing all our information yesterday. The 19 was way off and leaned on the 9 and 10 notes and got in a good, solid run in qualifying. We'll sit down after practice this morning and help each other again and run even stronger. The 9 and 10 are pretty close with setups. We've got some small differences here and there but not too many. I think the 19 took both of our notes and went right in the middle and qualified third."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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