RIGGS BELIEVES FUTURE IS BRIGHT WITH CHILDERS AS CREW CHIEF
BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 2005)-- Rodney Childers and Scott Riggs' relationship dates back to 1998, when the two were Late Model stock car drivers competing against each other at speedways across the Carolinas.
Now, sevenyears later, Childers is calling the shots for Riggs' No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet race team.
"Rodney's definitely got what it takes to be a successful crew chief," offered Riggs. "The best part about his and my relationship is that he knows exactly what I mean when I tell him how the car feels because he's been in the seat. He can relate to what I am saying and make the right adjustments.
"Bringing him on board at the beginning of the season as car chief helped the team's performances and I'm confident that with him moving to the crew chief role we'll continue to improve."
Childers began racing go karts in the World Karting Association when he was 12 years old and went on to garner seven S.C. State Championships and five National Championships before moving to the Late Model Stock division in 1997.
From 1999 to 2002 he drove in several series including the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro series, Hooters Cup division and, in 2000, competed in at NASCAR Busch Series race at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
After a full season of Hooters Cup in 2002, Childers decided to hang up his driving shoes and focus on being a Nextel Cup crew chief.
"I always knew if I wasn'ta race car driver, I wanted to be a crew chief," offered Childers, who made his crew chief debut for the team in Pocono last week. "I've always looked up to crew chiefs and had respect for them as much as I did the drivers. I know that it takes a good crew chief to make a car go fast just as much as it does a good driver."
Last week, Riggs and Childers' debut ended with a disappointing 37th-place finish at Pocono Racewayafter a blown tire sent them to the garage for repairs. But two strong practices and a fifth-place starting spot showed promise for the duo.
"I think our weekend in Pocono laid a strong foundation for this Valvoline team," Riggs continued. "We were really fast in both practice sessions and had a great qualifying effort. The tire incident bit us big time, but there's always next week and I know this team is going to jell and get on a streak."
Riggs and Childers' next test will be Sunday's Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
"I really like Michigan and we ran pretty well there last year," said Riggs. "Hopefully we can put our heads together this weekend and get a good, solid finish. I think everything is going to fall in place for this Valvoline team and we'll start putting together some good races."
Childers said, "Being a crew chief in the Nextel Cup Series is a dream come true. Scott and I have developed a good relationship over the years and really think we havethe chemistryto be successful."