Daytona 500: Mayfield, Riggs Media Day interview

SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 66 STATE WATER HEATERS IMPALA SS met with members of the media and discussed the 2008 season: ON UPCOMING SEASON WITH NEW TEAM, SPONSOR AND CHEVROLET: "New team, new season and I feel like I am back home with my manufacturer....

SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 66 STATE WATER HEATERS IMPALA SS met with members of the media and discussed the 2008 season:

ON UPCOMING SEASON WITH NEW TEAM, SPONSOR AND CHEVROLET:

"New team, new season and I feel like I am back home with my manufacturer. I think there is a lot of potential with our team. Being able to work with Bootie Barker, who have I have been sort of racing with him and against him for years now. Being able to work with him hand in hand, work on the way we look at things, I think I have finally met someone that is with me that probably has the most like me. He carries the stress, he is the high-strung and perfectionist I have ever worked with as far as having the same attitude that I do. I am enjoying working with him.

"At the same time, it is good to be back with Chevrolet, just because I have been with several manufacturers in the past, but Chevrolet is the one that always takes care of their people."

ON HIS FEELING OF HAVING A SPOT GUARANTEED IN DAYTONA 500:

"It is good, but at the same time, it is short-lived. You only have five races here to make sure you are guaranteed in and we want to make sure the first five we can be successful and have a strong hole in our points. The next five after that are just as crucial as the first five. There is a lot of pressure on not just myself, but the entire organization to make sure both of these teams have the first 10 races out of the box be very strong."

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JEREMY MAYFIELD, NO. 70 MIDNIGHT MOON/HAAS AUTOMATION IMPALA SS met with members of the media and discussed the 2008 season:

ON 2008 SEASON WITH NEW TEAM AND CHEVROLET:

"I am excited about this season. I have been a huge Chevrolet fan my whole life. When I was little, I used to love the Chevrolet stuff. I am glad to be a part of that. Going in the new season with the Haas/CNC Racing Team all the stuff they have done and have going for us over there, it has been awesome for me. I am just glad to be here and be able to be a part of the 50th running of the Daytona 500 in a Chevrolet."

ON RETURNING AS A TEAMMATE WITH SCOTT RIGGS:

"I feel really good about it. Scott and I have worked together before. I think that is going to be one of our strong points. We both have kind of got something to prove and feel like if we can get the job done, we have been teammates before, there are no egos here, we want to help each other. We get along great. As far as that goes, I think that is going to be really good.

"The rest is coming together. Every day it gets better and better and better. I feel like we have everything we need to race with, it is a matter of a little luck and get things rolling in the right direction, we will be in good shape."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bootie Barker