Flat Tire Foils Spirited Run By Riggs, Team Ase Dodge RICHMOND, VA (September 6, 2001) - After a stellar qualifying run and a solid Top-5 performance all night, Scott Riggs and Team ASE fell victim to a flat tire and finished 14th in the Kroger...
Flat Tire Foils Spirited Run By Riggs, Team Ase Dodge
RICHMOND, VA (September 6, 2001) - After a stellar qualifying run and a solid Top-5 performance all night, Scott Riggs and Team ASE fell victim to a flat tire and finished 14th in the Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway.
"We just fell victim to circumstances tonight," said Riggs. "We cut down a right front. I never had any warning. I wasn't sure if I cut a tire because when the ASE Dodge got out of the groove, the truck would push up toward the wall. I was on the bottom and the truck started to push up so I thought maybe I had carried too much speed in the corner, but when I drove down into Turn 1, I saw sparks start flying and then I was just a passenger."
Riggs started the 200-lap contest from the third starting spot, never falling out of the Top-5 before second caution flag of the night flew on Lap 68. The Bahama, NC driver then headed to pit road for service taking on fresh right-side tires and a full load of fuel. After a blazing pit stop by the "Ultra Bad Boys,' Riggs picked up one spot in the pits and returned to the track in second.
Riggs held onto the second spot until relinquishing the position to Rick Crawford on Lap 130, keeping leader Jack Sprague in sight until the yellow flag flew again on Lap 141. Riggs headed for service again one circuit later for left-side Goodyear Tires and returned to the fight, still solidly in third. Following another quick caution, Riggs spirited run suffered the fatal blow when the ill-fated tire went away on Lap 167, sending Riggs hard into the Turn 2 wall.
"We had a pretty decent truck," Riggs said. "I think we would have finished somewhere in the Top-3. We had a great run going until the tire went away. The ASE Dodge raced great. I don't know if we had anything for Jack (Sprague), but I think we could have had something for everybody fighting for the win at the end of the race. The 'Ultra Bad Boys' did a great job in the pits we just need some racing luck. We'll keep our heads up and go to Texas next week and try and win there."
Riggs earned $7,315 in prize money and is now 57 points out of the top spot in the 2001 NCTS championship chase with five events remaining.
Next up for Riggs and the Team ASE Dodge is the Chevy Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. The event will take the green flag Saturday, September 15 at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 20th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.
ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) also has a long involvement in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. As the primary sponsor on the No. 2 Team ASE entry, the non-profit organization has been able to highlight its efforts to provide the highest quality professional technical training and certification at all levels of vehicle maintenance and repair. In addition to ASE's racing involvement, the organization is active in numerous civic, charitable, educational and humanitarian activities.