Dover II: Scott Riggs preview

DOVER, Del. (Sept. 20, 2004)- Since his seventh-place finish at California Speedway Valvoline driver Scott Riggs has had two weeks of disappointing results. He hopes to get back on track this weekend when the Valvoline team visits Dover ...

DOVER, Del. (Sept. 20, 2004)- Since his seventh-place finish at California Speedway Valvoline driver Scott Riggs has had two weeks of disappointing results. He hopes to get back on track this weekend when the Valvoline team visits Dover International Speedway, the one-mile oval that has, so far, produced the best finish of Riggs' rookie season.

"I'm looking forward to Dover," explained Riggs. "We finished fifth there in the spring and hope we can follow that up with a strong showing Sunday.

"We haven't had the performances we're capable of the last couple of weeks and in turn collected disappointing finishes. Hopefully we can go to Dover and turn things around some."

In Riggs' first Cup trip to the Monster Mile, the team struggled with the car's set-up early in the race, but was able to overcome its problems and excel to a top-five finish.

"We struggled early," recalled Riggs. "We even went a couple of laps down. But we kept working, never gave up. It was a great team performance-the kind of thing we know we're capable of."

That same team has just had two frustrating weeks. After losing an engine in Richmond and being credited with a 39th-place finish, the team couldn't find the right balance for its Valvoline Chevrolet in New Hampshire.

"We made a lot of changes to fix the problem, but never got it right," said Riggs who finished 26th. "There were times when the car ran pretty good, but it wasn't consistent."

Riggs knows that one good result could put the team back on the right track.

"Just a couple of weeks ago we had a lot of momentum and we were improving each and every week," continued Riggs. "These last couple of races have been disappointing, but we aren't going to let it set us back. We just have to pick up the pieces and make amends in Dover this week."

Sunday's MBNA America 400 will be broadcast live on TNT beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs