Riggs, Team Ase Revved Up For Round Two At Texas FT WORTH, TX (September 10, 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...
Riggs, Team Ase Revved Up For Round Two At Texas
FT WORTH, TX (September 10, 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" September 15 for the Chevy 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, 12 Top-5s and 13 Top-10 finishes. Along with teammate Ted Musgrave, Riggs has combined for nine wins in the season's first 19 races, producing a stellar 47 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 weeks ago 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 Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway, Riggs qualified third and rolled to a 14th-place finish.
"We had a little bad luck last week, " said Riggs of the Richmond event. "We qualified well and ran in the Top-3 until I cut a right-front tire down and hit the wall. It was a tough pill to swallow because we had such a good truck. If we would have been there at the end to fight for the win, who knows what might have happened, but we'll never know. We slipped a little bit in the points, but as far as I'm concerned, this championship is still wide open."
As the season begins to wind down, the battle for the 2001 Truck Series' championship continues to heat up. With Riggs only 57 markers behind leader Jack Sprague and only five 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 Saturday, September 15 at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 20th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.
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.