Riggs grabs first career pole at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Scott Riggs earned his first career pole at Martinsville Speedway with a lap of 96.971 mph. Riggs and the No.10 Chevy team have showed stout improvements in the last few weeks grabbing three top-10's in the first five ...

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Scott Riggs earned his first career pole at Martinsville Speedway with a lap of 96.971 mph. Riggs and the No.10 Chevy team have showed stout improvements in the last few weeks grabbing three top-10's in the first five events.

"Well I didn't feel very good about my lap," said Riggs. "I said well there's one lap that's gone and I tried to be real smooth on my second lap but my crew chief came on the radio and said the first lap was the quickest and you are on the pole.so I end up sitting on the pole with one of the ugliest laps I've ever run out there."

Riggs won his first ever Craftsman Truck series race at Martinsville in 2001.

Ryan Newman was second. Newman has not qualified the No. 12 Dodge outside of the top-10 all year. Newman's lap of 96.657 mph wasn't quite enough to knock Riggs from atop the field.

"We just got a little loose in qualifying itself," said Newman. "I don't know if the track changed or what. I guess that is a great excuse. We just look forward to the rest of the weekend, we are disappointed with second but we are still aware that is a good starting spot."

Third spot was earned by Jeremy Mayfield with a lap of 96.583 mph. It marks Mayfield's second top three starting spot of the year.

"I got to say today it's the brand new car," said Mayfield. "The better the cars are the more grip you got and the better the run. We wanted to be in the top five so it's a great starting position for us.it is so important here to qualify good."

Rusty Wallace and Kevin Harvick complete the top five.

"I think it is on our side," said Harvick of the momentum of winning last weekend. "Winning definitely does a lot to help. We had bad luck at Speedweeks and instead of worrying about it; we knew we had to come back strong. We have been good everywhere, with maybe the exception of Atlanta. I expect to have a good car again at Martinsville. I think we are getting to a good place with our race team. We've done a lot of hard work over the winter and it looks like it's starting to pay off."

Forty-seven cars attempted to make the forty-three car field. Failing to make the show were Carl Long, Kirk Shelmerdine, Jeff Fuller and Stanton Barrett.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Jeff Fuller , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Scott Riggs , Kirk Shelmerdine , Carl Long