Pocono II: Scott Riggs preview

RIGGS IS DUE FOR A CHANGE OF LUCK AT POCONO LONG POND, Pa. (July 19, 2005)--Scott Riggs has proven he can run well at Pocono Raceway. But despite solid qualifying efforts and consistent runs, bad luck has hindered the Valvoline team from ...

RIGGS IS DUE FOR A CHANGE OF LUCK AT POCONO

LONG POND, Pa. (July 19, 2005)--Scott Riggs has proven he can run well at Pocono Raceway. But despite solid qualifying efforts and consistent runs, bad luck has hindered the Valvoline team from collecting a deserving finish at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

Riggs started June's Pocono 500 fifth but was one of seven drivers to fall victim to tire woes and wound up 37th. Last July, the Valvoline Chevy driverwas running seventh with five laps remaining in the race when a faulty battery dropped him to 27th.

"We've had some good runs but certainly not the best finishes," said Riggs, whose highest result at the raceway is 16th. "Last July was definitely the most disappointing--running seventh, thinking you have a top-five finish and the just like that you fall to the twenties."

"It really just goes to further show how much of racing comes down to luck," he continued. "Being in the right place at the right time is crucial. At the same time though, by running up front and qualifying well you can help put yourself in the right place."

Pocono Raceway's June event was the first race crew chief Rodney Childers and Riggs teamed up and Riggs is hopeful that going back to a track they've tackled together before will be helpful in this weekend's Pennsylvania 500.

"Rodney and I found a setup that worked for us here in June and the team qualified great," explained Riggs. "When the green flag fell we struggled a bit and fell back some but were driving to the front when we had one of two flat tires that day."

"We know that the track conditions this weekend won't be the same as they were in June and that you can't be too optimistic heading into this weekend based on that event. But at the same time, we're hopeful we can come back and qualify up front again and really get a handle on the race setup and drive strongly when the flag falls."

"Barring any unforeseen circumstances, like flat tires, faulty batteries and transmission failures, we expect to be up front again this weekend. And we think that's pretty realistic. The key is staying there, driving hard, and keeping your fingers crossed."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs