BUSCH: Bristol: Raybestos Rookie race quotes

Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie Of The Race in the Channellock 250. Riggs finished ninth, completing All 250 Laps. He led the race once for five laps and is ninth in Busch Series points. Scott Riggs, No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford: "We...

Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie Of The Race in the Channellock 250. Riggs finished ninth, completing All 250 Laps. He led the race once for five laps and is ninth in Busch Series points.

Scott Riggs, No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford:

"We had a better car than where we finished.  We were a little loose at first
when our air pressure was low.  We lost a couple of positions there at the
beginning and we had to take our time and be patient.  The car got tight on
me once the air pressures got up.  We came in and made two pit stops where
most guys made one here.  We made two and kept working on it, getting us
better.  We started marching our way back to the front there and then all of
a sudden something happened.  I can't figure out what it was.  The car got
loose after we got up to about fifth.  Looking at now, I think we had a right
rear (tire) going flat.  The last 20 laps I was just hanging on."

You've got to be pleased that you don't have many tire marks on your car.

"That's what we needed to do today: just finish. I hate that we couldn't show what the car was capable of because we had a better car than that. We could have had at least a top-three finish but we'll come back and keep on learning. This Raybestos® Rookie stripe will keep getting narrower and narrower every week."

Shane Hmiel, No. 47 Thomas Pacconi Classics Chevrolet, finished 10th. RIggs And Hmiel were the only two Raybestos Rookies to finish in the top-10 in the Channellock 250.

"It was really good for us. We started out a little loose. Once again my crew worked on it and made the car very drivable. We rode around at the end and wanted to finish in the top-10 and did. We had a couple of opportunities to pass cars but we didn't because it could have taken out several cars. Our car was so good it was hard to pass. You were faster than people right where you didn't need to be. It was a good day for Innovative Motorsports. To finish in the top-10 at Bristol is amazing your first time here, I think. I hope I gained a lot of respect from people I race around. I gained respect for people that I race around so I hope they did the same thing for me."

Did you have any close calls today?

"I missed every wreck. I think they all happened in front of me; at least that's what it felt like. You go out there and look at my car and it's beat all up. IMI builds great race cars and that's why we were able to finish 10th."

Johnny Sauter, No. 2 Acdelco Chevrolet, finished 35TH. Sauter was involved in three of the 14 cautions during the race but was still competitive in his damaged Chevrolet. He retired after bringing out the 13TH yellow of the afternoon on lap 208.

Despite the damage to your car from earlier in the race, you were still able to run in the top-five.

"We got in trouble a little bit there. These ACDelco guys kept working and working to make sure that nothing was rubbing. We kept tires on the car all day and I'm just super proud of these guys. Our day is coming. It definitely wasn't pretty. I don't know if it was driving too good or not, but all in all we would have had a decent run today and it would have kept us in the points but obviously we didn't get it. We'll go to the next one."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Scott Riggs , Shane Hmiel , Johnny Sauter