Loudon II: Scott Riggs race report

RIGGS COLLECTS 28TH PLACE FINISH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 18, 2005)-- Scott Riggs collected a 28th-place finish in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway. After qualifying fifth for the...

RIGGS COLLECTS 28TH PLACE FINISH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 18, 2005)-- Scott Riggs collected a 28th-place finish in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

After qualifying fifth for the Nextel Cup Series event, the Valvoline race team was hopeful they could come away from the race with a top-10 result.But when the Sylvania 300 started at the Magic Mile Riggs found himself fighting an ill-handling racecar.

"We didn't have the balance today," said Riggs. "We made some pretty radical changes to the Valvoline Chevrolet before qualifying Saturday and they worked out great. We were hopeful they'd be just as good in race trim as they were in qualifying but it didn't work out that way. We struggled from the beginning of the race."

On the second lap of the 300-mile competition, Riggs made contact with Kurt Busch.

"I just got loose in the turn,"explained Riggs. "The track was pretty slick at the beginning of the race andI got sideways and got into Kurt. I hate it for him."

After struggling in both practice sessions Friday, the Valvoline crew took a gamble and made major adjustments to the No. 10 Chevy.The result was a fifth-place starting spot.

"All the changes we made after practice Friday really seemed to help the car make a good qualifying lap," said Riggs. "But when it came to today, it just wouldn't work during the race. No matter what we did, we just couldn't get it where we needed it.

"The Valvoline Chevy would be loose at the beginning of a run and then once we got going it would get tight. It didn't matter what we threw at it-- it would get loose on new tires and then tight on the long run."

Sunday's event was an impound race, meaning after Saturday's qualifying session only minor adjustments could be made to the No. 10 Valvoline Chevy before the start of the main event.

"With this being an impound race, we took a big chance by changing our set up before qualifying," continued Riggs. "It worked out for us just the way we wanted it to in qualifying,but unfortunately it didn't pay off for us in the race this time. Hopefully we'll figure it all out next week."

The next stop for the Nextel Cup series will be next Sunday, Sept. 25, at Dover International Speedway.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Scott Riggs