Riggs, Team ASE Gunning For The Top At Fontana FONTANA, CA (October 29, 2001) - Heading into the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Scott Riggs wanted to put the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram into Victory Lane at least once. Now with five...
Riggs, Team ASE Gunning For The Top At Fontana
FONTANA, CA (October 29, 2001) - Heading into the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Scott Riggs wanted to put the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram into Victory Lane at least once. Now with five wins under his belt, Riggs is looking for a perfect end to the season - victory number six in the Auto Club 200 at California Speedway.
"California is a race I've been looking forward to for a long time," commented Riggs. "We've had a great speedway package all year and California is exactly the type of place Team ASE always runs well at. It's really wide and really fast. We're taking one of our best trucks, so I think we'll be in good shape, hopefully for another pole and another win."
Two of Riggs' wins this season have come at superspeedways - Kentucky and Nashville. Now, with just one race remaining in his tenure with Ultra Motorsports, the 30-year-old Bahama, NC native is gunning for another big track win.
"My teammate, Ted Musgrave, has won six this year and I'm definitely looking to match that record," said Riggs, who will move to the NASCAR Busch Series ranks next season. "I've had a great year with Ultra Motorsports and I'd like to finish with a bang. These guys have worked harder than anyone in the Truck Series garage and I want to get one more win for them before the year is over. It's been like a brotherhood with the 'Ultra Bad Boys.' Their racing intensity matches mine and that's why we've been so successful. We all pull in the same direction and we're looking to wrap up the season on a high note."
In the most recent NCTS event at Phoenix, Riggs rallied from a season-worst 20th qualifying spot to finish eighth, his 16th Top-10 finish of the season.
"We struggled most of the time we were in Phoenix," said Riggs. "We had a terrible qualifying effort, but the guys worked hard and got the Team ASE Dodge where I was able to race some guys for positions and we wound up with another Top-10. Fontana is going to be my last race with Ultra Motorsports and I can't think of a better way to thank (Ultra Motorsports owner) Jim Smith and my crew chief Tim Kohuth for a great year than by giving them another win."
In the NCTS season finale at California Speedway a year ago, Mike Wallace piloted the Team ASE mount to a 32nd-place finish after succumbing to an engine failure. Riggs, meanwhile, wrapped up the 2000 campaign for Brevak Racing in the No. 31 Ford, weaving his way to a 16th-place finish after starting 31st.
Heading into this week's 100-lap event at the ultra-fast, California two-mile oval, Riggs is second in the chase for the 2001 NCTS championship. Although point leader Jack Sprague needs only to take the green flag at California to clinch the 2001 title, Riggs and Team ASE aren't surrendering anything.
"We're definitely not giving up," explained Riggs. "We moved into second in the points last week at Phoenix and although Jack has got the title pretty much locked up, we're going to race like we can still win the championship. We have a great package for Fontana. If we can go out there and pull off another win, that would go a long way for our team. We led the points deal for most of the year and second is still up for grabs. We have it now and we're not going to give it up."
The Auto Club 200 at California Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, November 3 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 24th and final 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 technician certification and assessment services 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.