Las Vegas, NV (March 11, 2007) -- It would have taken a magician like Lance Burton to crack the mystery of the new Las Vegas Motor Speedway surface. Unfortunately for Scott Riggs and the No. 10 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper / Valvoline Dodge, they...
Las Vegas, NV (March 11, 2007) -- It would have taken a magician like Lance Burton to crack the mystery of the new Las Vegas Motor Speedway surface. Unfortunately for Scott Riggs and the No. 10 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper / Valvoline Dodge, they were caught a lap down in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 before they could find that magic balance that made his Charger the fastest car on the track.
Riggs rolled off the starting grid 6th, after posting a lap time of 29.530 and 182.865 mph during Friday's qualifying session.
"The left side tires Goodyear brought here gave everybody trouble," said Riggs. "It seems like the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper / Valvoline Dodge was really good in qualifying and practice but when the race started everyone was chasing the handling of their cars. We pitted to make adjustments and still couldn't get it to tighten up."
While at times, Riggs was the fastest driver on the track, the hard tire and newly repaved surface threw a curve ball at many teams for the majority of the race.
"After we went a lap down, we were running faster lap times than the leaders and couldn't ever get a lucky dog," explained Riggs. "We were good running people down and running with the leaders. Then we put four new tires on it with no changes and it loosened back up."
The daunting track conditions made for a day of racing against the track in addition to the other drivers. The race marked the return of team director Rodney Childers, who spent the majority of the day dialing in the handling of the No. 10 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper / Valvoline Dodge with Riggs on a track that had been described throughout the weekend as "black ice".
After a promising start to the weekend, Riggs settled for a 23rd-place finish.
"We were battling the race track and the tire combination more than anything else," said Riggs.
The top-25 finish allowed Riggs to gain six positions in the season driver points. He is currently in 38th position heading to next week's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Radio Chatter from Scott Riggs:
"That last start, the front just slides on." --Explaining the left front tire's dynamics during the race's second restart
"I don't know what you did right there, but you hit on it."
--With 160 laps to go referring to the setup that Rodney Childers and the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper / Valvoline team put on the No. 10 Charger on the prior pit stop
"Tell the 8 spotter to give me some more room because I almost pushed down on him right there." --With 148 laps to go, providing feedback to spotter Jimmy Kitchens on racing side-by-side with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Valvoline Evernham Racing's Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 10 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper / Valvoline Dodge:
"Just a big thank you to all the folks at Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper. We had a bunch of their people come to the race and I know they had a great time here. Unfortunately, today didn't turn out as we had hoped but we're looking forward to getting the No. 10 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper / Valvoline Dodge back on the track at Michigan in August."
Riggs's next race will be Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway where Valvoline Evernham Racing looks to bring co-owner Ray Evernham his second consecutive victory in the spring Nextel Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Riggs will be piloting the No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge.
The next race for Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper will be Saturday, March 24 when Kasey Kahne will drive the No. 9 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.