Charlotte II: Scott Riggs race report

First Lap Problem Costly For Valvoline Team CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 16, 2004)-- A first lap glitch during Saturday's UAW-GM Quality 500 cost Scott Riggs the opportunity to capitalize on a fourth-place qualifying effort at Lowe's Motor Speedway. As...

First Lap Problem Costly For Valvoline Team

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 16, 2004)-- A first lap glitch during Saturday's UAW-GM Quality 500 cost Scott Riggs the opportunity to capitalize on a fourth-place qualifying effort at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

As the green flag signaled the start of the 334-lap, 500-mile event, the rookie driver began losing speed and was forced to bring the Valvoline Chevrolet down pit road the following lap for a diagnosis.

"I missed the shift on the initial start and it hurt the engine," said Riggs, who completed 30 laps before retiring from the race. "I really hate that this happened. The guys gave me an awesome racecar this weekend and we had momentum going into the race. It's a shame we had a problem -- we had a good car."

Riggs' fourth-place qualifying effort was his second top-five start in the last three events-- he also started fourth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway just two weeks ago.

"We've got to keep our heads up and look ahead to Martinsville," Riggs continued. "There are five races left this season. We want to be sure to end the year on a high-note."

The Nextel Cup circuit will head to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Sunday (Oct. 24) for the Subway 500. The race will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs