NAZARETH, PA (August 26, 2001) - Scott Riggs and Team ASE never quite found the combination they needed to compete for the win in the Chevrolet Silverado 200 at the Nazareth Speedway. "We did some things before the race and I think we...
NAZARETH, PA (August 26, 2001) - Scott Riggs and Team ASE never quite found the combination they needed to compete for the win in the Chevrolet Silverado 200 at the Nazareth Speedway.
"We did some things before the race and I think we went a little too far and made the ASE Dodge way too loose," explained Riggs. "The truck was loose getting in the corner and no matter what we did in the pits, we never could get the truck where we needed it to be. We struggled ever since we unloaded here Friday and so did all the other Dodges for that matter. We wound up 13th and the truck still has all four fenders on it, so at least we can take some comfort in that."
After qualifying 10th in the 36-truck field, Riggs was never able to make up the ground he needed to work his way toward the front. When the caution flag waved for the first time on Lap 60, the Bahama, NC driver headed for pit road in the same position he started the 200-lap test on the triangular-shaped, one-mile oval.
By Lap 103, Riggs had fallen to 13th, two laps down to eventual winner Greg Biffle. Riggs, the NCTS point leader heading into the race, stayed focused, but struggled to control an ill-handling truck all day.
"It was a tough day, to say the least," explained Riggs. "We tried to better ourselves all day, and the 'Ultra Bad Boys' worked hard in the pits, but we just never got this ASE Dodge working like we needed it too. We've been fighting an aerodynamic disadvantage for some time and it was really amplified here at Nazareth. The way this track is laid out, it was tough to keep the front end of the truck on the ground and that killed us."
Riggs never was able to crack the Top-10 and by the time the checkered flag waved, the five-time Truck Series winner brought his Team ASE Dodge Ram home three laps off the pace.
The 13th-place run earned Riggs $9,815 and dropped him to second in the 2001 point standings, 13 markers behind leader Joe Ruttman.
"We just need to stay focused on winning races and the points will take care of themselves," Riggs said. "We learned what not to do here at Nazareth and I know we've got a good truck for the next race at Richmond. This team never says die and neither do I. We'll head for Richmond in two weeks and try to sit on the pole and win the race."
The Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway will take the green flag Thursday, September 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 19th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN2 and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.