SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) "I thought there at the end of the race that we were going to be another hard luck story, having a car that was capable of running close to the front and being a lap down. We got caught a...
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"I thought there at the end of the race that we were going to be another hard luck story, having a car that was capable of running close to the front and being a lap down. We got caught a lap down there on that green. It has been a long weekend for everyone on the Nesquik Ford this week. We had a good car. We were right there at the top of the leaderboard, around third or fourth place in all of the practice.
"I turned it around and backed it into the wall right there before the very last part of practice, right before qualifying on Thursday. The guys pulled a backup car out that had been uncomfortable at a lot of different places that we took it. We really thought that it would be even more uncomfortable here at Texas. We pulled it out and put the exact same setup under the car as our primary car and went out there on my very first lap and qualified fourth.
"That was a great job on their part by getting that car ready and prepared. That was just me sorta showing those guys how much I hated crashing our primary and how much confidence I had in what they could put under me for that one lap. We hung around the top five all day in the race today just trying to take care of our car. We've had cars the last three or four races here that really could have won the race and we kept up getting caught up in accidents or getting caught a lap down, or things like that going for the win.
"Today we were just going to ride and be patient and try to be there at the end and have a good finish. Then we got caught a lap down with that green-flag stop. We persevered and kept our heads up and kept digging and we got our lap back and we were lucky enough to be the man that started the last restart because I was in front of all of that melee that happened in turn one and two. I guess Lady Lucky finally turned her head and looked at us and gave us the opportunity to redeem ourselves and came home with a second-place finish.
"I think everyone would love to have a walk in the park and be able to be dominant and win races in any series. It's a hard call when those guys come down and race against us because they did get a chance to get on the track today with their Cup cars, and, granted the Cup cars are different but they might have gotten a little bit different idea of what how the track changed from yesterday from being overcast and cool.
"It's still cool today, but the sunshine really made a difference on the race track and I think that all of us still had the same problem with our cars, just a little tight, and those guys might have known it. I still stand true to what I say, and I think that it will just make all of us better racing against those kind of guys. We all have aspirations to be able to race with those guys in Winston Cup one day and it just makes victory lane even sweeter when you do outrun them. I think that today, I don't think that a Winston Cup guy came in and won this race because he was dominant over us, or better than us today. I think that with the melee and the things that happened during the race it was just a matter of luck and the 87 just happened to have a Winston Cup driver in it that was doing a good job and kept his nose clean and he was the man to come out victorious."