FT WORTH, TX (October 1, 2001) - On June 8, Scott Riggs started first and finished 26th in his Team ASE Dodge Ram at Texas Motor Speedway. When the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to the "Lone Star State" October 5 for the Silverado 350,...
FT WORTH, TX (October 1, 2001) - On June 8, Scott Riggs started first and finished 26th in his Team ASE Dodge Ram at Texas Motor Speedway. When the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to the "Lone Star State" October 5 for the Silverado 350, Riggs would gladly reverse his role in the spring race by starting 26th and finishing first in the fall classic.
"I definitely think Texas owes us one," said Riggs. "The Team ASE Dodge was super-fast the whole time we were there, but I was a little too impatient at the beginning of the race and we ended up crashing. Our truck was absolutely on a rail. We led the first 21 laps and to have it fall apart the way it did was heartbreaking. What's really amazing is we spent a lot of time behind the wall fixing it and after we went back out on the track we posted some times that were faster than the leaders with no fenders on the truck. We've got a great truck to take back to Texas. I'm looking forward to it."
Although the Bahama, NC driver sat out last fall's shootout at the 1.5-mile ultra-fast Ft. Worth oval, Riggs comes into round two at Texas as one of the odds-on favorites to capture the win. So far this season, Riggs and the "Team ASE Ultra Bad Boys" have captured three poles, five wins, 13 Top-5s and 14 Top-10 finishes. Along with teammate Ted Musgrave, Riggs has combined for 10 wins in the season's first 20 races, producing a stellar 50 percent winning average for Ultra Motorsports in 2001.
"All the guys at Ultra Motorsports have done their homework," said Riggs. "Ted went to Texas two last month and did a tire test for Goodyear and he told me the track has gotten even faster. The way I see it, the fast guys should have the accelerator glued to the floorboard all the way around."
In the most recent event on the NCTS tour, the NetZero 250 at South Boston (VA) Speedway, Riggs qualified eighth and rolled to a third-place finish, his 11th Top-3 effort of the season .
"We had a great truck last week," said Riggs of the South Boston event. "We qualified well and ran in the Top-3 all night. Towards the end of the race we were running second and got pinched up in the wall. After that, the truck was pretty tight and I never was able to get back to the front and race my teammate (Ted Musgrave) for the win. I was really happy for those guys. That win for Ted sealed the manufacturers title for Dodge and that's 10 wins for Ultra Motorsports this season. Dodge made its return to NASCAR when the Truck Series was formed back in 1995, so for them to finally get that championship is pretty exciting."
As the season winds down, the battle for the 2001 Truck Series' championship continues to heat up. With Riggs only 57 markers behind leader Jack Sprague and only four races remaining on the 24-race tour, the fight for the title continues to be one of the closest points races in series' history.
"This championship is going to go right down to the wire," said the five-time NCTS winner. "Our whole team has said all along that if we win races and keep finishing in the Top-5, the points will take care of themselves. We had a couple bad weeks during the middle of the season, but we've rebounded well and we're in good shape to seriously contend for the championship.
"My crew chief, Tim Kohuth, has dedicated so much to this team," Riggs continued. "He's built this team into a week-in and week-out threat to win. Timmy and all the guys he has put together deserve this championship. Jim Smith and everyone at ASE have been part of the Truck Series since 1995 and they have earned the right to be called champions. I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that happens."
The Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Friday, October 5 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 21st race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.
The Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway will air on a tape delayed basis at 1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time Saturday, October 6 on espn2 and rebroadcast Tuesday, October 9 at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.