Michigan II: Scott Riggs preview

RETURN TO CIRCLE TRACK MAKES RIGGS HAPPY BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 16, 2005)-- Coming off the second and final road-course race of the season, Scott Riggs is eagerly looking forward to the two-mile oval at Michigan International Speedway,site of ...

RETURN TO CIRCLE TRACK MAKES RIGGS HAPPY

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 16, 2005)-- Coming off the second and final road-course race of the season, Scott Riggs is eagerly looking forward to the two-mile oval at Michigan International Speedway,site of this weekend's Nextel Cup race -- the GFS Marketplace 400.

"I'm ready to get back to some circle tracks for sure," said Riggs. "After finishing 31st in Watkins Glen last weekend, I don't think I could be more excited about heading to Michigan."

At Michigan's June event, the Valvoline team battled an ill-handling car throughout the race. And while Riggs is ready to get back to old-fashioned oval-track racing, he is hopeful that the team can collect a better finish this time around.

"We struggled last time we were at Michigan," offered Riggs. "We made a lot of adjustments to the Valvoline Chevy but never found the right combination. I think we made some progress toward the end of the race, but it was just too late. We learned a lot that day though, so we're hoping this weekend will produce a better run and in turn, a better result."

Riggs has found success at Michigan in the past, collecting top-10 finishes in both Busch Series starts and two top-20 finishes in his three Nextel Cup Series attempts.

"Michigan is a great track. It's wide and there are a lot of different racing grooves that you can choose from," he explained.

"You can count on some long green flag runs at there, too. So it puts pressure on you to be good at the start of the race, because you're not going to have many opportunities to make adjustments.

"We've had some decent runs lately--like Indy and Pocono--but haven't been able to bring home the finishes. All we can do is keep on digging and hope that our break is just around the corner."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs