Riggs, Team ASE ready to saddle up at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, FL (February. 23, 2001) - After finishing third in the season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the Daytona International Speedway, Scott Riggs is ready to get back in the saddle for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at the ...

HOMESTEAD, FL (February. 23, 2001) - After finishing third in the season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the Daytona International Speedway, Scott Riggs is ready to get back in the saddle for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"I can't wait to get to Homestead, " said Riggs. "I've raced there twice in a NASCAR All-Pro car and I finished in the top-ten both times. To have the opportunity to race the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge at Homestead with the 'Ultra Bad Boys' in my pit is awesome." After spending the majority of the 2000 NCTS season driving for another Truck Series team, Riggs moved into the ASE ride for the 2001 season.

Last year, Mike Wallace started 10th and finished a strong second driving the Team ASE Ford. This year, Ultra Motorsports and Team ASE come to Homestead with a new driver in Riggs, a new manufacturer in Dodge and a new look for the 2001 season. A fixture in the NCTS ranks since the division debuted in 1995, the Team ASE/Ultra Motorsports entry has been one of the top trucks on the circuit each season, something Riggs is well aware of.

"There is a lot of talent and a lot of tradition at Ultra Motorsports with Team ASE," Riggs explained. "Jim Smith (Ultra Motorsports team owner) is one of the pioneers of this series and ASE has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. CARQUEST has also come on board this year and they were really tickled with our effort at Daytona. Hopefully, we'll be able to improve on our Daytona finish by two spots at Homestead."

Riggs, who has just 20 career NCTS career starts, should also benefit from the addition of NASCAR Winston Cup Series' veteran Ted Musgrave as a teammate in the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram. "Ted has a wealth of experience and that will only benefit me," said Riggs. "A two-truck team is the way to go in this series and I couldn't be happier about having Ted for my teammate. Ted is so down to earth and so knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He just makes my situation that much better. Ted knows how to use a teammate and his input will help both teams run better."

The Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will take the green flag Sunday, March 4, at noon Eastern Standard Time. The second of 24 NCTS events this season will be telecast live by ESPN and will be broadcast live on MRN radio and its more than 400 affiliates nationwide.

ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) also has a long involvement in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. As the primary sponsor on the No. 2 Team ASE entry, the non-profit organization has been able to highlight its efforts to provide the highest quality professional technical training and certification at all levels of vehicle maintenance and repair. In addition to ASE's racing involvement, the organization is active in numerous civic, charitable, educational and humanitarian activities.

-Team ASE

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Ted Musgrave , Scott Riggs , Jim Smith