Talladega: Scott Riggs preview

NOTES: Stat Facts ... In nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Scott Riggs has notched two top-10 finishes, including a career-best seventh-place showing in last fall's AMP Energy 500. The Bahama, N.C., native has ...

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Stat Facts ... In nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Scott Riggs has notched two top-10 finishes, including a career-best seventh-place showing in last fall's AMP Energy 500. The Bahama, N.C., native has notched an 14.7 starting average and looks to improve upon his 18.9 finishing average this weekend. He has completed 88.7 percent of the laps run and has led nine laps over those starts.

Points Position ... After eight races, Riggs and the No. 36 team are 39th in NASCAR Sprint Cup owners' point standings. They are 86 points behind the No. 8 team in 38th, 110 markers behind the No. 82 team in 37th and 212 points outside the top 35.

Vote, Vote, Vote ... Fans, Riggs needs your votes to get into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Challenge. Fans can vote by texting the word "NASCAR" to "7777" on their Sprint Phones or by visiting a Sprint store. Additionally, fans can visit www.nascar.com/promos/allstar to cast their votes. Voting began April 14 and ends on May 16, 2009.

Up to Speed ... The Aaron's 499 from Talladega Superspeedway will be televised live Sun., April 26 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on FOX and will broadcast worldwide on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the ninth of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events will take the green flag on Sat., April 25 at 11 a.m. EDT and will be telecast live on SPEED. MRN and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio will provide live qualifying updates.

SCOTT RIGGS QUOTES:

How frustrating can it be racing at Talladega since a large part of the race is out of your control?

"Basically, all you do is to try to put yourself in the best position to stay up front. However, you have seen that the wrecks can pretty much start anywhere. There is really no safe spot. You also try and put yourself by smart drivers that understand the game. You just go and you push and shove as hard as you can all day and try to keep yourself out of the all the wrecks. Hopefully, it's your lucky day and you don't wreck. You have a 50/50 shot of surviving Talladega."

You ran well at Daytona do you expect the same type of performance this weekend?

"I think we have the capability to run well this weekend. I think we can finish in the top 15 as long as we make the race. Hopefully, we have some good horsepower under the hood Saturday and we are able to race Sunday afternoon."

-credit: tbr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs