MILLINGTON,TN (June 23, 2001) - Redemption was the order of the day as Scott Riggs and Team ASE rallied to a second-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Memphis 200. Riggs was coming off a 26th-place finish at the series' last...
MILLINGTON,TN (June 23, 2001) - Redemption was the order of the day as Scott Riggs and Team ASE rallied to a second-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Memphis 200. Riggs was coming off a 26th-place finish at the series' last stop at Texas Motor Speedway and the solid finish was exactly what the doctor ordered to return Team ASE to championship form.
"It was a great run for the Team ASE Dodge," said Riggs. "The guys made super calls in the pits. We never changed left side tires all day and that really proved to be one of the deciding factors in this race. Track position was everything today. The team worked hard all weekend and put a good truck under me."
For the 10th time in as many races this season, Riggs qualified his Dodge Ram inside the Top-5 starting third in the 32-truck field. From the drop of the green flag, Riggs kept his No. 2 Team ASE Dodge in third position until the caution flag waved early on Lap 31. After a slight miscue in the pits, Riggs returned to action in ninth position.
"I got hung up there in the pits and lost some spots," explained Riggs."We worked our way back into the Top-5 and just tried to stay patient. We were fighting a tight truck all day and just never got it working quite right. To finish second in a truck you're not totally happy with says a lot about the type of team Jimmy Smith has put together here at Ultra Motorsports."
The turning point in the race came when Riggs rallied back from 15th-place after a tangle with Chad Chaffin on the 111th circuit. Riggs wasted little time slicing has way back into the Top-10 just before the yellow flag flew again on Lap 134 when Jack Sprague drilled the Turn 4 wall.
"We got booted from behind by some amateur and that put us in the back," said Riggs."We had to take a chance and stay out on older tires in order to make up some track position and that proved to be the call of the race. My crew chief Timmy Kohuth is the best in the business and I know when he makes a decision, it's going to be the right call."
The solid finish kept Riggs atop the point standings, 53 markers ahead of second-place Joe Ruttman. Ultra Motorsports owner Jim Smith was on hand and couldn't have been more pleased with his young drivers performance.
"Today was a great points day for us," said Smith. "I'm happy with second. I thought we might have been able to stay with (winner) Dennis Setzer at the end, but he was stout all day. Scott did a great job and he proved what Timmy (Kohuth) and I knew all along. Scott Riggs is a fantastic race driver and we just think the world of him. He ran a smart race today and he stayed focused on winning this Truck Series championship." Next up for Riggs and Team ASE is a trip to Wisconsin State Fair Parkand the legendary 'Milwaukee Mile.' The GNC Live Well 200 will take the green flag Saturday, June 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 11th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radioworldwide