On the eve of the NASCAR Busch Series season finale, the top six drivers in the point standings took part in a Q&A session in the Homestead-Miami Speedway media center. Three Ford drivers are still in contention for the championship, with Jason...
On the eve of the NASCAR Busch Series season finale, the top six drivers in the point standings took part in a Q&A session in the Homestead-Miami Speedway media center. Three Ford drivers are still in contention for the championship, with Jason Keller, Scott Riggs, and Bobby Hamilton, Jr., currently fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Keller trails leader Brian Vickers by 75 points, while Riggs is 15 points behind his ppc Racing teammate, and Hamilton is just four points out of fifth. Hamilton is the series leader in victories this season with four, while Riggs has tallied two wins and Keller has one.
SCOTT RIGGS -10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Tauru:
TALK ABOUT YOUR SEASON.
"It's definitely been an up and down year for us this year. We just tried to take every race and use it as a learning experience and try to see how we can be better. Like I said, we've had good races and we've had races we've been struggling at, too. No one really knows why momentum comes and goes, and we just tried to learn from it and see how we can keep our ball rolling a little better the next go-around next year. We still have a shot at it trying to do the best we can. The thing is no one on the team is giving up. Everybody is staying very focused, especially considering the turmoil that we've been going through as far trying to find a sponsor for the team next year, different people including myself leaving the team, and trying to keep a lot those guys motivated and focused. I think they've done a great job, we just haven't been able to quite put it all together and show it on the race track every single race like we need to. Like I say, just learning from it and keeping everybody positive and trying to finish this year out on a positive note."
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT SLOWER CARS OR TEAM CARS INTERFERING WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
"I don't think anyone who brought an extra car or who has an teammate this weekend, I don't think any of that is going to play any kind of factor in the race, except maybe put another car in the battle for the win of the race. I think that all of us are going to continue to do the same thing we've done all year and that's try to get the most out of our race cars and get the best finish we can. The one thing that most of these guys have touched on that I think, and you asked how do we expect other people to race us. I think we all have expectations of how we think other guys who are here for one race or here for no points at all or maybe not having a good day, we all want those lapped cars and those other cars to give us a little extra room, but I think we all know that they're not going to. We've seen that all year no matter what we preach or what we say, that's not going to happen. I think that nothing is going to change in this last race."
DO YOU FEEL ADDED PRESSURE THIS WEEK BECAUSE YOU MIGHT NOT BE IN THIS SITUATION AGAIN IN YOUR CAREER?
"I guess he's right (Green). I don't think you put any added pressure on yourself, but there is the thought, and I think all of us think this, not just myself or anybody else, but anyone who is this close to winning a championship, I think the other five that don't win it are all going to be saddened and disappointed because you don't know what's going to happen next year. No matter how strong you might be this year or how good you feel about next year, you never know what's around the corner, you never know what's going to happen. I think we're all going to be disappointed to know that we were all this close and weren't able to capitalize on it and win the championship. Like David said, we all need to be proud of our teams and proud of our guys to put ourselves in this position in the first place."