Michigan: Scott Riggs race report

LOOSE CAR EQUALS LONG DAY FOR RIGGS AT MIS BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Scott Riggs battled a loose handling racecar throughout Sunday's LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, en route to a 33rd-place finish. "It was a rough day at...

LOOSE CAR EQUALS LONG DAY FOR RIGGS AT MIS

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Scott Riggs battled a loose handling racecar throughout Sunday's LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, en route to a 33rd-place finish.

"It was a rough day at the office," Riggs said. "We were loose all over the place; into the corners, off the corners, running in traffic. I tried high and low, but couldn't find an area of the track that the car liked."

Riggs' Chevrolet Impala SS was hitting on the left front on entry into the corners and that caused the rear of the car to lose stability. In traffic, with a car high or low of his own, Riggs was experiencing a bouncing condition in the front of the car that would cause it to dart up or down the track.

Interim crew chief Matt Borland and crew made air pressure, chassis, and shock absorber adjustments throughout the race to find balance in the car. Following a right front shock change on Lap 104, Riggs radioed that the car responded well and was no longer darting around and was more secure on entry into the corners. By Lap 134, however, Riggs reported the car being a 6-7 loose (on a scale of 1-10).

Borland called for a series of "gas and goes" while the race was under a late caution with the hope of possibly gaining a few positions on fuel strategy, but Riggs could get no higher than 33rd by race's end.

The No. 66 car dropped to 36th in owner points and the team faces qualifying on time at Infineon Raceway.

-credit: haascnc

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs