Bristol: Scott Riggs preview

Riggs Takes Basketball To Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 23, 2004) -- Scott Riggs may have racing on his mind as he heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for Sunday's Food City 500, but his No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet will be covered with ...

Riggs Takes Basketball To Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 23, 2004) -- Scott Riggs may have racing on his mind as he heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for Sunday's Food City 500, but his No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet will be covered with basketball.

Riggs will compete in the 500-lap event behind the wheel of a specially designed red, white & blue Harlem Globetrotters paint scheme, complete with a Globetrotter basketball on the hood.

He will be joined at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event by two current team members plus legendary player turned coach, "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, who begins his 26th season with the celebrated franchise this year.

"I'm excited about taking the Valvoline Harlem Globetrotters Chevrolet to Bristol," Riggs said. "Valvoline's relationship with racing goes back years and the Globetrotters have been a part of basketball for so long. It's only fitting that these two entities with such tradition come together for a special event like this."

The Globetrotters join the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals as the only professional sports franchises to decorate cars in a NASCAR event.

"I'm honored to team up with the Globetrotters," Riggs continued. "I'm hopeful some of the team's magic will rub off on us this weekend. I wonder if they have any routines to get me around the racetrack quicker."

RIGGS PRE-BRISTOL QUOTES

On Bristol Motor Speedway: "Bristol's one of every driver's favorite places to compete. It's fast, fun, short-track racing. Every time you go there, you remember just how high the banking is, and when you get in the car, you remember just how fast you're going around such a small place."

On his previous trips to Bristol: "I've qualified well every time I've been to Bristol. I even won the pole my first time there. Race day just comes down to staying out of trouble and keeping your nose clean. I've had a couple of top-10n finishes there and a couple of finishes I wasn't so happy with."

On the team's Bristol test session: "A test session is an invaluable tool for a team. It's incredible how much you can learn from being at the track. But at the same time, you have to be careful not to mislead yourself. We had a fine test session at Bristol. We don't want to say we were good or not good because how we ran during testing isn't important. What's important is what we learned. You can be the fastest car out there during testing and you may not run well come race weekend. Things change and you just have to be careful not to deceive yourself."

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