Daytona II: Scott Riggs race report

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 4, 2004) - The performance was much better than the final result for Scott Riggs, who posted a 21st-place finish in Saturday night's Pepsi 400 here at Daytona International Speedway. The Valvoline driver ran strong...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 4, 2004) - The performance was much better than the final result for Scott Riggs, who posted a 21st-place finish in Saturday night's Pepsi 400 here at Daytona International Speedway.

The Valvoline driver ran strong all night and prior to the final pit stop on Lap 138 of 160, Riggs was in 12th-place with a good shot at a top-10 finish. But a miscommunication on when to enter pit road for the last stop cost Riggs valuable track position in the late stages of the race.

"It's a shame not to come away with a better finishing position after the way the Valvoline Chevrolet performed tonight," said Riggs. "We had it going - a good starting position (seventh) and a strong car, powered by a Hendrick engine. I really felt we had a shot at a top 10, but a miscommunication on when to pit for the last stop knocked us back in the field. We didn't have enough time in the race to come back."

Riggs did prove earlier in the race that he had the power and finesse to come from the back of the field. After he overshot his pit stall on the second stop (Lap 48), Riggs dropped from 10th to 24th. But he patiently battled his way back to the front.

"That was a mistake and put us in a catch-up mode," said Riggs. "We came back to the front and put ourselves in a good position, but didn't capitalize on it in the end. All-in-all, we gave it a solid effort this weekend and proved that we can run up front."

The start of Saturday's race was delayed for nearly two hours due to rain, and was completed early Sunday morning at approximately 12:30 a.m.

The next stop for the Valvoline team will be Sunday (July 11) - the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs