Riggs, Team ASE Phoenix race notes

AVONDALE, AZ (October 26, 2001) - After qualifying a season-worst 20th, Scott Riggs and the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge fought back to finish eighth in the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. ...

AVONDALE, AZ (October 26, 2001) - After qualifying a season-worst 20th, Scott Riggs and the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge fought back to finish eighth in the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. "We struggled all day, but we kept working and made our way back to eighth," said Riggs. "We finally got the ASE Dodge to where we were able to fight for positions. There was a lot of good racing going on and I've got a lot of people to thank. Most importantly, I have to thank all the guys I race with. Everybody raced me clean. There were a lot of times when I could have cut people off and I didn't and there were a lot of times when guys could have cut me off and they didn't. We didn't finish as well as we had hoped, but I had a lot of fun today." Although Riggs started deep in the field, the Bahama, NC driver found himself 10th following the second caution of the afternoon. Back under green, Riggs hung around the Top-10 before heading to pit road on Lap 60, following the third yellow of the day. There, he took on fresh right-side Goodyear Tires and a full load of fuel. The Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" left no doubt they were up to the task, picking up three positions in the pits. "The guys gave me great stops today," commented Riggs. "We made a bunch of adjustments to the truck and got it to where I didn't have to fight so hard to make it turn. We weren't sure if we were even going to be able to stay on the lead lap, but we hung in there all day." Riggs finally broke into the Top-10 for good on Lap 120 after picking up two spots on the same pass. The 30-year-old driver then picked up two more spots over the final 40 circuits to collect his 16th Top-10 finish of the year. It also gained him one spot in the NCTS championship chase passing Joe Ruttman for the runner-up spot in the standings. "That's what we needed," said Riggs. "It just goes to show that every spot counts. We're headed to California next week second in the points and we've got a great truck for the season finale. It's our best truck. I've won with it, led a bunch of laps with it and I don't see any reason why we shouldn't have a good shot at winning our sixth race of the year." 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.

-Team ASE-

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