Richmond II: Scott Riggs race report

Engine Problems Force Riggs To Retire Early RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 11, 2004) -- A late race engine problem forced the Valvoline race team to retire early from Saturday night's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. With a ...

Engine Problems Force Riggs To Retire Early

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 11, 2004) -- A late race engine problem forced the Valvoline race team to retire early from Saturday night's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

With a little over 100 laps remaining in the 400-lap event, Valvoline driver Scott Riggs reported to his crew that he was having engine trouble. Shortly after, Riggs brought the No. 10 Chevy down pit road but was unable to restart the machine after it lost power in the pit stall.

"Something let go in the motor," said Riggs, who was credited with a 40th-place finish. "We dropped a valve but seemed to be hanging in there. Then when we came down pit road the Valvoline Chevy cut off and we couldn't get it restarted. We brought it behind the wall to see if we could get back on the racetrack, but we weren't able to.

"Hendrick Motorsports gives us great horsepower week after week. Every once in a while you're going to have something like this happen -- it's disappointing, but that's just part of the sport."

The Nextel Cup Series will enter its final ten races of the season next week at New Hampshire International Speedway. The Sylvania 300 will be broadcast live on TNT Sunday (Sept. 19) beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs
Teams Hendrick Motorsports