Bristol: Scott Riggs race report

RIGGS FINISHES 10TH AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 3, 2005) --Scott Riggs claimed his second top-10 finish in as many races with a 10th-place result in Sunday's Food City 500 here at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was alsoRiggs'...

RIGGS FINISHES 10TH AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 3, 2005) --Scott Riggs claimed his second top-10 finish in as many races with a 10th-place result in Sunday's Food City 500 here at Bristol Motor Speedway.

It was alsoRiggs' third top-10 finishin the first five races ofthe season.

"What a great result for the Valvoline team," said Riggs, who moved from 18th to 14th in the Nextel Cup driver point standings. "The door we've been knocking on is starting to open. We want to win races and we know we're capable of it.But you have to start with these kinds of results. We're on the right track with our Valvoline Chevrolet and we'll get there."

Riggs started the 500-lap race from the 28th position and had a shaky opening with a tight-handling racecar. Falling off the lead lap twice, the Valvoline driver drove a patient race and found his way back to the top-10.

"To be honest, we didn't have the car we thought were going to, but the guys on the team did an incredible job hanging in there and throwing changes at it," said Riggs. "We fought a really tight machine throughout the race and just had to keepworking and making adjustments. This is a hard-working group of guys-- no one ever gave up.

"We were patient all day, not too aggressive, and were able to end on the lead lap.Chris (Morris, spotter) did an awesome job of keeping us out of trouble.There was a lot of congestion out there and we were able to stay out of the messes. The most important thing is that we survived, and that's key at Bristol."

That next race for the NEXTEL Cup Series will be atMartinsville (Va.) Speedway, another half-mile track, Sunday, April 10.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs