Capitalizing on improved performance No. 1 goal for Riggs, Valvoline Team BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 24, 2004) - After running in the top-five for a better part of last week's event at Michigan International Speedway, Valvoline driver Scott Riggs...
Capitalizing on improved performance No. 1 goal for Riggs, Valvoline Team
BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 24, 2004) - After running in the top-five for a better part of last week's event at Michigan International Speedway, Valvoline driver Scott Riggs settled for a 19th-place finish when a gamble on pit strategy didn't pan out. Despite the excellent run, Riggs is still looking for a finish that is indicative of the Valvoline team's recent performances. He is hoping that Saturday night's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway will be the turnaround event.
"We're still looking for that finish," said Riggs. "We've been right there so many times the second half of the year, but we just can't make it to the checkered flag without trouble. Last week we even led laps-- we still didn't get a great finish. Hopefully this weekend will be different."
During his last trip to the .533-mile short-track, Riggs' day ended prematurely when he was tapped from behind while trying to slow the Valvoline Chevy for a caution.
"We weren't bad the last time we were in Bristol, but we got wrecked and it sent us home early," said Riggs. "If we can stay out of trouble this weekend and perform like we have been lately, we should be able to finish our day strong. We just have to have some things go our way and make it to the end."
Riggs recognizes that Bristol Motor Speedway isn't the easiest track to have that happen.
"Bristol's one of every driver's favorite places to compete," explained Riggs. "It's a fast, fun, short-track. But with that comes a lot of beating and banging and we've got to be prepared for it. The best way to stay in the race is to start upfront and remain there, so that's what we're focusing on."
In his four Busch Series trips to Bristol, Riggs had three top-fives and a pole position in 2002.
"We have to get a good starting spot," contended Riggs. "Last time we were off on the setup somewhere and didn't have a strong qualifying run. That put us in a position to get ourselves in trouble and that's what happened. The performances are there and that's what it takes to have strong finishes-- our time is coming."