Riggs, Team ASE Looking to Make History at Darlington DARLINGTON, SC (May 6, 2001) - There's an unparalleled honor in winning an inaugural event at any racetrack. When that track is the famed Darlington Raceway -- "The Track Too Tough To Tame" -...
Riggs, Team ASE Looking to Make History at Darlington
DARLINGTON, SC (May 6, 2001) - There's an unparalleled honor in winning an inaugural event at any racetrack. When that track is the famed Darlington Raceway -- "The Track Too Tough To Tame" - even more prestige is on the line.
"If I can only win one more race this season, I want it to be at Darlington," said Scott Riggs of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Darlington 200 May 12. "There's so much history at Darlington and the track has such a rich tradition. I'm just thrilled to be able to race there. Steering the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge into Victory Lane at Darlington would be huge."
Riggs and his Team ASE mates tested at Darlington last November, affording the young driver a chance to get some extended seat at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway. An added benefit for Riggs will be having teammate Ted Musgrave, a veteran of 22 Winston Cup starts at the famed South Carolina track, to instruct him on the finer points of mixing it up on the 1.366-mile oval.
"I depend on Ted a lot," Riggs explained. "I ask him a lot of questions and he tells me what I need to know and what I need to hear, not just what I want to hear. Ted's very straightforward and he tells me if I'm doing something wrong. That's exactly what I'm going to need at Darlington."
While Riggs likes his chances of winning at Darlington, he leaves little doubt who he thinks is the favorite going into the inaugural NCTS clash at "The Lady In Black."
"Ted is going to be the man to beat at Darlington," Riggs stated. "Ted and his crew chief, Fred Wanke, have been to Darlington something like 42 times. Ted almost won the Winston Cup race there in 1997. I'll be bouncing a lot of ideas off those guys. I'm pretty fortunate to have Ted in my corner every week, but that's especially true at Darlington."
A fixture in the NCTS ranks since the division debuted in 1995, the Team ASE/UltraMotorsports entry has again been one of the top trucks on the circuit this season. The most recent stop on the tour at Gateway International Raceway produced a 2nd-place finish and kept Riggs atop the NCTS championship chase.
While it would be easy to rest on his early season success, Riggs knows a win at Darlington would put him in some exclusive company as well as give him a boost toward his first NCTS title.
"There's a lot of tradition here at Ultra Motorsports with this Team ASE Dodge, just like there's a lot of history at Darlington," Riggs said. "Guys like Curtis Turner, Fred Lorenzen, David Pearson and Richard Petty have won at Darlington and just the thought of having my name on that list of winners is awesome.
"I know we won't be able to go out and win every race," Riggs continued. "Ted's experience is going to be hard to beat, but if Ted wins and I run second to him that will be a pretty good afternoon. We need to keep concentrating on the big picture, the season championship, and racking up more Top-5s is just the way to do that."
The Darlington 200 at Darlington Raceway will take the green flag Saturday, May 12 at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The sixth of 24 NCTS events this season will be telecast live by ESPN on 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.