Riggs, Team ASE Texas II report

FORT WORTH, TX (October 5, 2001) - Scott Riggs dominated the Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race from start to finish only to suffer a cut right-front tire with six laps remaining. The problem proved to be a costly one, derailing...

FORT WORTH, TX (October 5, 2001) - Scott Riggs dominated the Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race from start to finish only to suffer a cut right-front tire with six laps remaining. The problem proved to be a costly one, derailing a sure victory and producing a disappointing 13th-place finish "It's just heartbreaking," said the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge. "We had a dominant truck. All the guys on the Team ASE Dodge did a great job tonight. They gave me great pit stops and we never had to make any adjustments. To have the dominant truck and cut down a tire with only six laps to go hurts pretty bad. I don't know what went wrong. My teammate Ted Musgrave had the same thing happen about three laps before it happened to me. It's pretty ironic for both of us to have right front tires go down. We ran a nearly perfect race. I wish we could have celebrated in Victory Lane." Riggs left little doubt his ASE Dodge would be the truck to beat from the time the trucks hit the 1.5-mile TMS oval. The Bahama, NC driver blistered the Texas track circling the circuit in 29.678 seconds (181.953 mph) on the way to a new track record. When the green dropped on the 36-truck field, Riggs relinquished the lead only briefly to Musgrave regaining the top spot by the second lap. From there, Riggs, a five-time winner on the circuit this season, paced the field until heading for the pits on Lap 73. Now third at the drop of the green, Riggs quickly reassumed the lead and set sail until the sixth yellow flag of the event waved. Another trip to pit road put Riggs in the second position, a short-lived position as he stalked leader Travis Kvapil until overtaking the young driver on the 108th circuit. Riggs then paced the field until the ill-fated tire blew with six laps remaining. "We just can't seem to buy a break," said Riggs. "We really wanted to try and make up some points tonight, but I guess it wasn't meant to be. Ted and I were the class of the field tonight. We'll hold our heads high and go to Las Vegas and try and do the same thing next week. Hopefully this time we'll end up in the Winner's Circle." The cut tire also proved to be expensive for Riggs in the season championship chase. Instead of picking up points on division leader Jack Sprague, Riggs fell to 88 markers out of the top spot. Additionally, Kvapil collected nearly $60,000 for taking the win while Riggs settled for $10,710 for 13th, a difference of nearly $50,000. "That was an expensive flat tire," said Riggs. "It hurt us in the points too, but we'll recover. We'll just gather everything up and head for Las Vegas. Our luck is sure to change there." The Orleans 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Sunday, October 14 at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 22nd race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN2 and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.

-Team ASE-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague , Scott Riggs , Travis Kvapil