Elliott on standby for Riggs in Sonoma

STATEMENT FROM VALVOLINE EVERNHAM RACING RE: Scott Riggs Injury Monday, while on vacation with his family in Myrtle Beach, Scott Riggs injured both feet while unloading his jet ski in an oyster bed. The wounds required 12 stitches in the ball of...

STATEMENT FROM VALVOLINE EVERNHAM RACING
RE: Scott Riggs Injury

Monday, while on vacation with his family in Myrtle Beach, Scott Riggs injured both feet while unloading his jet ski in an oyster bed. The wounds required 12 stitches in the ball of left foot and eight stitches in the right big toe.

The injury to Riggs has caused Valvoline Evernham Racing to make back-up plans for this weekend's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race in Sonoma. Ray Evernham and Valvoline Designated Team Owner Jim Rocco have retained former NASCAR champion Bill Elliott to stand by this weekend should Riggs not be able to practice, qualify or race the Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger. As things stand today, Riggs will be racing Sunday, according to the team.

"Jim and I huddled today with Scott, Bill Elliott, Team Director Rodney Childers and Competition Director Sammy Johns and we are going to Sonoma with the intention of Scott running the full weekend," Evernham said. "But Bill will be ready for any scenario."

"I'm going to Sonoma to race," Riggs said Wednesday. "It was a freak incident at Myrtle Beach. There was no warning about an oyster bed where we unloaded. We'll see what happens when I get in the race car. I'm going to do what's best for the team this weekend."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Scott Riggs