Riggs, Team ASE Las Vegas race notes

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 14, 2001) - Scott Riggs and the Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" battled adversity and clawed their way back to a fourth-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Orleans 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "We...

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 14, 2001) - Scott Riggs and the Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" battled adversity and clawed their way back to a fourth-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Orleans 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "We qualified fourth and finished fourth," said Riggs. "The ASE Dodge was very, very tight and I made a mistake on our second pit stop and over shot the pit and that cost us a couple of positions. Track position was so critical and we were running three wide a lot of times. All the guys did a great job and when we finally made our last stop we freed the truck up a little bit, but it was never quite enough to get back to the leaders." Riggs kept his foot glued to the floorboard at the drop of the green and snatched third from rookie Kyle Busch by the time the field completed the first circuit at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval. Riggs held that same position until heading to pit road for a green flag stop on Lap 55 for four fresh tires and a full load of fuel. Back on track, the five-time NCTS winner this season made his way back to sixth after pit stops cycled through the field. Riggs worked his way into fifth when the ill-fated stop relegated the Team ASE driver to seventh position. Back under green, Riggs fell to all the way back to 10th before the fourth yellow flag of the day flew on Lap 124. Riggs then steered his ASE Dodge to pit road for left-side tires, fuel and five turns on the track bar to loosen up his truck. The final pit stop proved to be the right call as Riggs worked his way back through the field and a spirited battled that propelled the four-time pole winner to finish in the same position he started. "To finish fourth after all we went through is pretty cool," commented Riggs. "I know Joe (Ruttman) had some trouble and we gained some ground on him the points battle, but I don't like to pick up spots like that. I would have liked to race him for it, but at this point in the season, every point counts so we'll take it. Hopefully, we can go to Phoenix in two weeks and have another good run. It seems like forever since we won a race. I want to get back to Victory Lane before the season is over." The fourth-place run netted Riggs $12,200 in earnings, keeping the Bahama, NC driver solidly in third in the fight for the NCTS crown, just 11 points behind second-place Ruttman. Next up for Riggs and Team ASE will be a trip to the flat, one-mile desert oval at Phoenix International Raceway. The Chevy Silverado 150 at PIR will take the green flag Friday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 23rd race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Scott Riggs , Kyle Busch