LOUDON,NH (July 21, 2001) Scott Riggs and his Team ASE Dodge suffered a broken left rear brake caliper on the 49th circuit of the New England 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, bringing home a 24th-place finish. "I just hate it...
LOUDON,NH (July 21, 2001) Scott Riggs and his Team ASE Dodge suffered a broken left rear brake caliper on the 49th circuit of the New England 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, bringing home a 24th-place finish.
"I just hate it for the guys that work on this Team ASE Dodge," said Riggs. "We had one of the fastest trucks here all weekend and to have it go south on us only 49 laps in is just a shame."
Starting fourth in the 33-truck field, Riggs quickly made a charge at leader Jack Sprague, working his way into second by the time the field completed the first lap. Although the Bahama, NC driver had to fight a tight handling condition on his Team ASE Dodge, Riggs managed to stay with Sprague until spinning when a weld on the brake caliper bracket broke loose.
"I knew we were going to be in trouble once the brake pedal started to vibrate, but I thought maybe it was just the track bar, something we could fix on pit road," explained Riggs. "It turned out to be the left rear rotor and NASCAR made us take it behind the wall and weld a new one on. Apparently the weld on the bracket that you mount the brake caliper to broke and that caused the caliper itself to come off.
"The truck was really, really tight, but our lap times never really fell off," continued Riggs. "The 'Ultra Bad Boys' did a great job of preparing for this weekend, but that's racing. Last week at Kentucky, we had all the breaks go our way and we managed to win with what should have been a third or fourth place truck. This week was pretty much a disaster."
Riggs took his Team ASE Dodge behind pit wall for repairs on Lap 54 and returned 18 laps later.
"That's the worst part about it, we had a truck that could have contended for the win here today," said Riggs. "These guys build awesome trucks and this is my favorite. That speaks volumes about this race team. We have trouble and we're still as fast as anybody out there."
Riggs saw his point lead shrink to just eight markers ahead of second-place Joe Ruttman and 11 points ahead of Saturday's race winner Sprague.
"We're going to have to recover in two weeks at IRP," said Riggs. "I'm looking forward to getting back to some short track action. I know we'll be ok. This team is like a Timex, we take a licking and keep on ticking."
The Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park will take the green flag Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 15th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.