Dover II: Scott Riggs race report

RIGGS FINISHES 24TH IN DOVER DOVER, Del. (Sept. 25, 2005) -- A pit road penalty and not finding the proper grip dropped Scott Riggs to a 24th-place finish in Sunday's MBNA RacePoints 400 here at Dover International Speedway. After starting...

RIGGS FINISHES 24TH IN DOVER

DOVER, Del. (Sept. 25, 2005) -- A pit road penalty and not finding the proper grip dropped Scott Riggs to a 24th-place finish in Sunday's MBNA RacePoints 400 here at Dover International Speedway.

After starting 29th, Riggs got off to a strong start as his No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet was charging to the front.

"The Valvoline Chevy felt good in the early going and it was sure nice passing all of those cars," said Riggs.

But that early momentum came to an abrupt halt when Riggs was called for a one-lap penalty by NASCAR officials for pitting outside of the box. The incident caused Riggs to lose a lap and sent him from running in the mid teens all the way back to 29th.

"That hurt us big time," said Riggs. "We had something going and then all of a sudden we're a lap down and fighting for our lives."

As the 404-lap, 404-mile overtime race wore on Riggs could not overcome handling problems to his Valvoline Chevrolet.

"The balance wasn't there," said Riggs. "The car was tight, then loose and we could never come up with the right balance despite a lot of hard work by the Valvoline crew. For a while it looked like we were going to have a much worse finish. But we made a mini comeback and it felt good to pick up a few more positions."

Though Riggs was not pleased with the result at the all-concrete Monster Mile, that didn't dampen his enthusiasm about next week's race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

"We love the superspeedways and have had success on them," said Riggs, who finished fourth in the season-opening Daytona 400. "I don't see any reason why this Valvoline team can't have another strong performance next week."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs