RIGGS HEADS TO LAS VEGAS WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS LAS VEGAS (March 8, 2005)-- There is no doubt in Scott Riggs' mind that his Valvoline race team has everything in place to have a successful run in Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas...
RIGGS HEADS TO LAS VEGAS WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS
LAS VEGAS (March 8, 2005)-- There is no doubt in Scott Riggs' mind that his Valvoline race team has everything in place to have a successful run in Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
And if the first two races of his sophomore season are any indication, he has every reason to not only be hopeful of a solid finish, but to be expecting one.
"It's a great feeling when you can qualify fifth or 12th and be disappointed," said Riggs of his first two starting spots of the 2005 season. "When a fourth-place finish is exciting (Daytona 500), but doesn't seem like the best you could've done--that's a great feeling too."
Riggs is aware that the start his sophomore season on the Nextel Cup circuit has been leaps and bounds better than his rookie year and he has nothing but confidence as it continues.
"I've had a rocket ship under me every week," explained Riggs. "I can't say for sure that we'll be successful when we get to Vegas, but I'm so confident in this team and these cars that I'm willing to bet we will be. We're taking the same car to Las Vegas that we took to Fontana (California Speedway) and everyone knows what a good car that was."
In California, Riggs was running in the eighth position in the Auto Club 500 before a pit road miscue dropped the Valvoline team to 36th. He quickly drove back to the top-10 before his engine let go.
"That was a bad deal, but it's part of racing," offered Riggs. "Obviously we were disappointed we couldn't get the finish we deserved, but we still feel great about the team's accomplishments and the way the guys are working together to build strong cars and strong performances. A lost engine can't take that away."
So, despite sitting in the 18th position in the point standings after California's 33rd-place finish, Riggs will travel to Las Vegas with not just high hopes, but high expectations.
"I'm excited; this whole Valvoline team's excited," said Riggs. "We came here and tested and were one of the fastest cars on the track-- consistently. The car I've got under me this weekend is better than anything we had last year. I've got a better understanding of tires now and I've got more seat time under my belt.
"There's not one reason to believe that we can't bring home at least atop-five finish this weekend and that's what we're expecting."