RIGGS FINISHES 24TH AT INFINEON SONOMA, Calif. (June 26, 2005) -- With one lap to go in Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway Scott Riggs sat in the 17th position and was closing in on a career-first top-20 road-course...
RIGGS FINISHES 24TH AT INFINEON
SONOMA, Calif. (June 26, 2005) -- With one lap to go in Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway Scott Riggs sat in the 17th position and was closing in on a career-first top-20 road-course finish. However as he entered the final turn of the 1.99-mile track the Valvoline Chevrolet ran out of gas and fell back to cross the finish line 24th.
"The car sputtered as I took the white flag with one to go," explained Riggs. "I didn't know if I was going to make it around or not. We were one corner shy of finishing in the top 20, but I still think we made the right call not coming in on that final caution."
With seven laps to go in the 100-lap event the yellow flag waved and Valvoline crew chief Rodney Childers had a decision to make.
"We decided to gamble," Childers explained. "If we had come in to get gas we would've been stuck in the back with not many laps to make up the positions. And if we ran out of gas we would've finished in the back. So we didn't have that much to lose. We almost made it."
While Riggs admits he is never satisfied with 24th, he says the weekend's performance by the Valvoline team wasa marked improvement from last year's.
"We're still pretty happy with the finish," offered Riggs, who started and finished last season's event 41st and 42nd. The team did a great job on changes and I managed to keep the Valvoline car on the track all weekend. We qualified in the top 20, ran in the top 20, and were a corner away from finishing in the top 20. All-in-all, a pretty good trip to Sonoma."
The Nextel Cup series will be at Daytona International Speedway next week for Saturday night's Pepsi 400.