Scott Riggs finishes fourth at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, FL (March 4, 2001) In just his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Scott Riggs finished fourth and came away from the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 with the NCTS point lead. Riggs, who won his ...

HOMESTEAD, FL (March 4, 2001) In just his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Scott Riggs finished fourth and came away from the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 with the NCTS point lead. Riggs, who won his first-ever NCTS pole position in qualifying for the event, patiently kept his truck in the Top-10 all day to follow up a solid third-place finish in the season-opening event at Daytona. "We had a good truck, but we really thought the race was going to be in the middle of the corner," explained Riggs. "We worked really hard to make sure the truck would turn good in the middle of the corner and as it turned out we needed more bite coming off the corner. All in all it was a good day for the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge. To come out of here with a another Top-5 is awesome." The race for the win down to fuel management when the event went green after the final caution flag flew on Lap 106. Riggs was forced to pit under green for a splash of gas on Lap 151 and worked his way back into the Top-5 after several front-runners were forced to pit under green as well. "It came down to a gas-mileage race there at the end and as it turned out we needed fuel, but it worked out okay," said Riggs. "We'll just keep working and getting top-fives and we'll get ourselves in the winner's circle." Veteran Team ASE crew chief Tim Kohuth was pleased with his young driver's performance and is optimistic about the future. Kohuth, who has made four trips to victory lane with Team ASE and former driver Mike Wallace, is eager to continue developing solid communication between himself, the team and Riggs. "It was a great day for Team ASE, but it takes a little while for all of us to get on the same page," said Kohuth. "We're learning about Scott and he's learning us. You have to remember Scott is a young driver and this was his first time here, but he's going to keep getting better and better. I'm happy with another top-five and to come out of here with the point lead, that's a good thing. ' In five races at Homestead, Team ASE has started inside the Top-10 in every event and won the race in 1999 with Wallace behind the wheel. Since Kohuth's tenure with Ultra Motorsports began in 1999 the "Ultra Bad Boys" have finished fourth and sixth in series' points and are eager to win their first NCTS crown. "It's a little early to be thinking about points," Riggs said. "Scoring Top-5s will get you points and two Top-5s in a row is why we are in the lead." Riggs and the No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Ram will next take on the "West's Fastest Half-Mile" at Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield Calif., in the OSH 250 Saturday, March 17. The 5 P.M. Pacific time event will be telecast live on ESPN2 and broadcast on MRN Radio.

-Matt Klug

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Scott Riggs