Loudon: Scott Riggs preview

LOUDON, N.H. (July 20, 2004) - The Valvoline race team has been inching its way toward a top-10 result in its last two Nextel Cup races, and driver Scott Riggs hopes his trip to New Hampshire International Speedway for Sunday's Siemens 300 will ...

LOUDON, N.H. (July 20, 2004) - The Valvoline race team has been inching its way toward a top-10 result in its last two Nextel Cup races, and driver Scott Riggs hopes his trip to New Hampshire International Speedway for Sunday's Siemens 300 will bring them the finish they've been waiting for.

Riggs earned his second top-10 restrictor-plate starting spot of the season with a seventh-place qualifying effort at Daytona International Speedway just three weeks ago. However after consistently running in the top-10 throughout the event, a miscue on the final green-flag pit stop forced the team to settle with a 21st-place finish.

The following week, Riggs started 16th at Chicagoland Speedway before quickly moving to the front of the field, where he remained in the top-five until being caught up in the aftermath of an eight-car melee. Riggs was forced behind the wall for repairs and was credited with a 29th-place finish.

"We've been right there," commented Riggs, one of five rookies in the Nextel Cup Series. "We've gotten the starting spots we've needed, but we just haven't had everything click for us at the same time. We hope we can take the Valvoline Chevrolet to the front of the field again this week and come home with the solid finish we know we deserve and are capable of."

Riggs competed at New Hampshire International Speedway twice in the Busch Series and notched two top-10 starting spots, including the outside pole in 2002.

"New Hampshire is a challenging race track and that's one thing I like about it," said Riggs. "The bottom has always been the groove there, and it makes it difficult to pass, but they've made some modifications to the track and it will be interesting to see how that changes things."

Regardless of his last two finishes, Riggs knows that his team is making strides in the right direction for the second half of the 2004 season.

"I've been telling everybody that we're coming," continued Riggs. "We're getting better and better and we're really starting to show it. Pretty soon we're going to turn the corner and be a factor each week."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs