Darlington: Scott Riggs preview

RIGGS LOOKING TO IMPROVE ON DARLINGTON RESULTS DARLINGTON, S. C. (May 3, 2005)-- Darlington Raceway, the 1.366-mile oval justifiably known as being "Too Tough Too Tame," has been just that to Valvoline driver Scott Riggs since his first visit ...

RIGGS LOOKING TO IMPROVE ON DARLINGTON RESULTS

DARLINGTON, S. C. (May 3, 2005)-- Darlington Raceway, the 1.366-mile oval justifiably known as being "Too Tough Too Tame," has been just that to Valvoline driver Scott Riggs since his first visit there in the Nextel Cup Series.

While finding success at the historic egg-shaped track in the Craftsman Truck and Busch Series, Riggs' two rookie-starts last seasonresulted ins0th and 31st-place finishes. In his four Busch Series starts he earned four top-20 results, including a third in 2002. In his only Craftsman Truck Series event there, he started fourth and finished third.

"I've been successful at Darlington in the past, but certainly not last year," explained the second-year Nextel Cup driver. "The first year they had the safer barriers was last season and that took a couple of feet away from an already-narrow racing surface. It forced the drivers to find new ways around the track and I struggled a little.

"I remember the Valvoline Chevy being real tight at the beginning of the race and then turning very loose. Wefinally gotthe car feeling good, but I made contact with someone and ending up earning my Darlington Stripes.

"With this year's event being at night, it's another curve ball thrown at the teams and drivers, but this time we hope to adjust accordingly."

This weekend's Dodge Charger 500 will be the first night race the Nextel Cup Series has seen at Darlington Raceway.

"The good thing about this event is that we're qualifying and practicing at night too," offered Riggs. "A lot of times you have night races, but you qualify and practice during the day which makes it hard to know what your racecar's going to do when the green flag falls.

"With the schedule the way it is for this weekend, and with it being an impound race, we should be able to get a good feel for the car's handling during Thursday night's practice sessions."

Riggs knows that this weekend will be a challenge for the team, but suspects it's the same for most.

"I know Darlington isn't the easiest place to get a solid finish," he said. "But five people have to finish in the top five and ten people have to finish in the top 10. There's no reason it shouldn't be the Valvoline team."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs