Â Â KANSAS CITY, KS (July 7, 2001) - Normally, Scott Riggs wouldn't be satisfied with a seventh-place finish, but that's just where he ended up in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 and he didn't seem to mind. Â Â "We didn't win the battle, but we...
KANSAS CITY, KS (July 7, 2001) - Normally, Scott Riggs wouldn't be satisfied with a seventh-place finish, but that's just where he ended up in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 and he didn't seem to mind.
"We didn't win the battle, but we won the war," said the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram. "With Joe (Ruttman) and Jack (Sprague) having problems, we were able to get the point lead back. That was a big goal of ours coming into this race. We didn't have the greatest day. We certainly would have liked to finish better, but getting the point lead back makes that a little easier to swallow."
Riggs, who led the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings from the second week of the season at Homestead-Miami (FL) Speedway through week 11 at The Milwaukee (WI) Mile, started the 167-lap event on the all-new Kansas Speedway from the eighth position. The Bahama, NC driver hung around the Top-5 throughout the first 50 circuits despite the fact his Dodge Ram truck wasn't dialed in perfectly.
Riggs and his Ultra Motorsports teammates looked to correct the handling problems when he came to pit road under green flag conditions on Lap 58. Four fresh tires and a full fuel stop later, Riggs was back in the thick of the action. Unfortunately, a caution flag on Lap 75 spoiled any chance of Riggs scoring his third win of the season as the pit stop cycle had yet to be completed and all but four trucks, including the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge, were caught a lap down.
"We never got the weight percentages right and we either pushed really bad or got loose," said Riggs. "At the start of a run after a pit stop, we'd push bad and as the fuel load would burn off, we'd get loose. Getting a lap down when we pitted under green and then have the caution flag come out killed us. We never quite got the Team ASE Dodge where I could really drive it the way I wanted to. We still managed to get a good finish out of it. These are the kind of runs that build championships - days where you are not at your best, but you still get a solid finish."
The finish came courtesy of a never give up attitude. It also boosted Riggs back a top the NCTS standings by a 49-point margin over Ruttman.
"We had a good run," said Riggs, who earned $10,850 for the effort. "We go into every race thinking we can and should win. That doesn't always happen, so you take what you can get. Today, that meant getting a decent finish and getting the point lead back."
Next up for Riggs and the Team ASE Dodge will be the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday, July 14. The event will mark the 150th race i the series for sponsor ASE and will take the green flag at 8 n p.m. Easter n Daylight Time. The race will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast by MRN Radio.