Riggs West test wrap-up notes

Preseason Testing a Success For Riggs, Team Valvoline Scott Riggs said he was pleased with the overall performance of his Valvoline Chevrolet following the West Coast test sessions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and California Speedway. The four...

Preseason Testing a Success For Riggs, Team Valvoline

Scott Riggs said he was pleased with the overall performance of his Valvoline Chevrolet following the West Coast test sessions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and California Speedway.

The four days of testing, attended by 44 Nextel Cup teams,commenced in Las Vegas Monday and concluded Thursday in Fontana.

"We went to Vegas and had pretty good cars," said Riggs, a sophomore in the Nextel Cup Series. "We took the Valvoline Chevy that I was most comfortable with last year and also brought a car we built in the off season. It seems like the new car is a lot better than what we've had in the past so that's encouraging.

"The Las Vegas track was really good and we were one of the fastest machines there. When you have a good car and feel comfortable, you can be aggressive with the things you do. I felt great behind the wheel and felt like I could get the most out of the car on every single lap. That's what makes it fun."

After two days in Las Vegas, the Valvoline team headed for California Speedway where they fought 25-mile-per-hour winds during the two-day session.

"When we unloaded at California Speedway it was unbelievably windy," explained Riggs, who claimed the second fastest time in last month's Daytona test session. "So at a place like this, where you're running so fast and aerodynamics is such a huge role in how your car handles and reacts, having that much wind blowing across the race track really plays havoc. It's difficult to make changes and try to figure out how they affected the car.

"Luckily, we had a lot of things we wanted to try that needed to be read by the computers and sensors in the car and not necessarily by the balance or what it did to me as a driver. So it was good-- it gave me a lot of laps on the track to see how much difference the wind can make in different corners and gave the guys a lot of important data."

"This is the first time we've worked on downforce cars with all of the new guys on the Valvoline team," continued Riggs. Everyone seems to be working well together and really clicking-- getting along and reading each other's minds. We're working like a well oiled machine and that's a great feeling heading into the season."

The next stop for the Valvoline Team will be the Nextel Cup season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The three key dates for the Valvoline team during Daytona Speedweeks marathon are:Sunday, Feb. 13 (Pole Day), Thursday, Feb. 17 (twin qualifying races) and Sunday, Feb. 20 (Daytona 500).

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs