MILLINGTON,TN (June 15, 2001) - Scott Riggs and Team ASE hope to learn from the past while concentrating on the present as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to Memphis Motorsports Park and the Memphis 200. For Riggs, the Memphis race...
MILLINGTON,TN (June 15, 2001) - Scott Riggs and Team ASE hope to learn from the past while concentrating on the present as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to Memphis Motorsports Park and the Memphis 200. For Riggs, the Memphis race will be a shot at redemption after a disastrous outing at the series' last stop in Fort Worth, TX.
"We had trouble at Texas, that's for sure," commented Riggs, who was involved in a Lap-31 melee on the lightning-fast Texas 1.5-mile track. "We also learned a very valuable lesson as far as patience goes. Texas was a reality check for everybody on this Team ASE Dodge. Now we need to go to Memphis and redeem ourselves." With the exception of the mishap at Texas, Riggs has set the standard for consistency in the Truck Series this season. With two wins, a pair of poles and eight Top-5-finishes in the season's first nine races, the Bahama, NC driver has paced the championship chase since the second week of the season. Currently, Riggs owns a 43-point margin over Joe Ruttman as the series heads to Memphis.
"We just need to keep doing the same thing," said Riggs. "We've ran near the top of the speed charts all season, started up front and been there at the end in every race this season except for one. Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. We had a truck capable of winning the race at Texas and it was a shame to go out that way."
Last year, Riggs drove the No. 86 Dodge starting and finishing 12th in his first-ever NCTS appearance at the .75-mile Memphis oval. Meanwhile, his current Team ASE ride had Mike Wallace behind the wheel rolling to a fourth-place finish. This time out, the "Ultra Bad Boys" are looking for a better finish with Riggs handling the driving chores.
"Scott has done a great job for us this season," said veteran Team ASE crew chief Tim Kohuth. "He's been a really quick study in relaying what we need to do to make the truck faster. When we started the season I knew Scott had the talent. That's why we chose him to drive for us, but the transition from a veteran driver to someone who was unproven has gone a lot smoother than anyone could have anticipated. He has earned a lot of respect, not just from the team, but in the garage area as well."
The trip to Memphis Motorsports Park will afford Riggs a chance to mix it up on a track he visited during his Late Model days. Additionally, Riggs will be driving the same truck he won with earlier in the season at Martinsville, VA
"I ran the All-Pro car there in 1998, finished 11th, and did pretty well last year in the No. 86 truck," said Riggs. "I really like Memphis. It's nice for me to be able to go to a track where I have a few laps, especially being able to go in the Team ASE Dodge. Considering we're taking a truck we've already won with this season, we should have a good shot at the pole and hopefully be in contention to win the race." The Memphis 200 at Memphis Motorsports Parkwill take the green flag Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 10th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.
- Team ASE
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