Â Â WEST ALLIS, WI (July 1, 2001) - Throughout the first 11 races of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Scott Riggs has been able to avoid the misfortunes that have plagued his fellow competitors. In the GNC Live Well 200 at The ...
WEST ALLIS, WI (July 1, 2001) - Throughout the first 11 races of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Scott Riggs has been able to avoid the misfortunes that have plagued his fellow competitors. In the GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile, the law of averages finally caught up with the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge.
"We broke a right-front hub," said Riggs. "I don't think we were leaning on the right front too hard. It just broke. You're going to have mechanical problems sometimes. Today, it was our turn to have them."
Riggs started the event from the ninth position after posting a qualifying lap of 30.183 seconds (119.272 miles per hour) on the flat, one-mile Milwaukee oval. From the drop of the green flag, the Bahama, NC methodically moved to the front of the 35-truck field breaking into the Top-5 at Lap 53.
Riggs, who had posted nine Top-5 finishes in the first 10 events of the season, seemed destined to finish there again before radioing his Team ASE crew that he had a vibration at Lap 133. Four circuits later, Riggs unexpectedly headed toward pit road where he made a hard left turn behind the wall for service on the faulty front end part.
It took Riggs' Team ASE crew just 26 laps to replace the offending part and return to the race. The end result was a 24th-place finish and a fall from first to second in the championship points chase, the first time Riggs hasn't been a top the standings since the second race of the season at Miami, FL.
"The Team ASE Dodge was really good today," said Riggs. "We didn't qualify as well as we wanted to, but I could tell I had a good truck right from the drop of the green flag. We moved right up into the Top-5 and stayed there all day. It's just a shame we had the problem because it not only cost a good finish, but it also knocked us out of the points lead. This is a good team, so I'm not worried. We'll get it right back next week at Kansas City."
Riggs and his Team ASE mates will travel to the all-new Kansas Speedway for a Thursday, July 5 practice session before qualifying is held the following day. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, July 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will be telecast live by ESPN. The event will also be broadcast by MRN Radio.