Richmond: Scott Riggs preview

Riggs Looks To Capitalize On Strong Qualifying Runs RICHMOND, Va. (May 11, 2004 - Scott Riggs heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend, where he hopes to pilot the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet to a strong finish in Saturday night's...

Riggs Looks To Capitalize On Strong Qualifying Runs

RICHMOND, Va. (May 11, 2004 - Scott Riggs heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend, where he hopes to pilot the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet to a strong finish in Saturday night's Chevy American Revolution 400.

In his last three races, Riggs has bettered his season-best qualifying effort with each endeavor. He qualified 13th at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, followed by fifth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. His last attempt resulted in a fourth-place start in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway.

With each improved start, the team's attitude has grown more optimistic, and they believe that sooner than later those strong starts will turn into strong finishes.

"We've been starting up front," offered Riggs. "Now we need to capitalize on that. Whether it's by staying out of troubles way, or working to hit the setup just right, we need to get to the point where our solid starting positions can be used as a weapon."

Riggs' track record at Richmond International Raceway may indicate another strong qualifying run this weekend. In his four Busch Series visits to the .75-mile oval, he's earned three Top-10 starting spots (4th Spring 2002, 7th Spring 2003, 2nd Fall 2003); the fourth was a Top-20 (19th Fall 2002).

"We want to turn our strong qualifying runs into strong finishes," said Riggs. "It's that simple."

RIGGS PRE-RICHMOND QUOTES

On looking to continue his qualifying streak:

"We're starting to get the ball rolling and that's a good feeling. We've had season best qualifying runs at the last three races. Each week we're improving, and that's been our goal from the beginning. If we can keep up our pattern of excellent qualifying runs, then we're one piece closer to building the success we're after."

On capitalizing on his starting positions:

"Every week our starting spots for the Valvoline Chevy improve. However, our finishes don't depict our performances fairly or show what this team is capable of. We've been ready to go at the drop of the green flag. Unfortunately, things haven't always gone our way and that's what we're working hard on to correct."

On attacking the demons that have plagued the Valvoline team:

"Sometimes we have bad luck, and then sometimes we just have bad days. In Talladega we were in pursuit for a top-10 finish but ended up in an 11-car wreck. The next week in California, we started 4th, but lost a clutch and finished 25th. But the bottom line is that we keep our chins up and our focus ahead and work on getting better for the next week. That's what we've done all year, and I think that's enabled us to improve and grow. Everyone has demons, but it's how you handle the demons is what defines a good team."

What he sees in the Crystal Ball:

"I think this team is really starting to come together. Everyone has been on the same page from day one, and that was knowing that we had a learning curve to overcome this year. We've all stayed optimistic and upbeat and haven't let anything get us down. It's not easy to have disappointing finishes. But we've managed to take it in stride and use it to make us work harder. If we can continue to have strong qualifying and practice runs, then our strong finishes are just around the corner."

On Richmond International Raceway:

"Richmond's been pretty good to me, especially when it comes to qualifying. I'm confident the Valvoline guys will give me another great car this weekend and if we can get the starting position we think we can, we're pretty optimistic about our chances in the race."

On the Mother's Day off weekend:

"I better enjoy these off weekends while I can because I think there's only one left. I got to spend some time with my family and I got to see my mom. Mother's Day is a special day for me because I get to help my son (Layne) show my wife (Jai) what a great mother she is."

-mbvm-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs