Charlotte: Scott Riggs preview

RIGGS LOOKING FOR A REVERSAL OF MISFORTUNE CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 24, 2005)-- What started off as a solid season for the Valvoline race team has recently turned into a bout of bad luck. After three top-10 finishes and his Nextel Cup career-first...

RIGGS LOOKING FOR A REVERSAL OF MISFORTUNE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 24, 2005)-- What started off as a solid season for the Valvoline race team has recently turned into a bout of bad luck.

After three top-10 finishes and his Nextel Cup career-first Budweiser pole in the first six races of the season, driver Scott Riggs has recently faced adversity on the racetrack and is hopeful this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 will get the team back on the right path.

"We started this season off so strong," explained the sophomore driver. "So it's been even more frustrating lately knowing that we're capable of running well but not getting the job done. It seems like there have been weeks where we've had good cars and bad luck, but then also weeks where we just haven't found the right combination.

"We tend to have great starting spots and a not-so-good race setup or we start so far back that being fast doesn't matter. We haven't found a way to put it all together lately and that's the part that drives you crazy."

Of the Valvoline team's last five events, three solid runs have been ruined by accidents and Riggs has fallen from 14th to 23rd in driver point standings.

"It's tough to think about all the points we've lost recently," said Riggs. "Talladega was a bad deal. We had such a great racecar and we were right in contention for a top-five finish or better when the 'big one' occurred. Then the next week the (No.) 77 car took us out and ended our chance for a good finish in Darlington."

Riggs knows that a solid finish in this weekend's 600-mile event at Lowe's Motor Speedway could jumpstart the momentum the team's been looking for.

"Doing well this weekend is important," he said. "This is the longest event of the year, so if we're not running well it's going to make for a long night. We qualified fourth at Lowe's (Motor Speedway) last fall, so hopefully we can do that again. And then get the strong finish to go with it. That's the important part."

Riggs contends that while the team has had its share of lows lately the confidence and optimism is still there.

"It's been a rough few weeks, but we'll get through it," said Riggs. "As long as we all stay confident in ourselves and in each other things will improve. We know what we're capable of and we've already shown it this year. We just have to figure out how to get back to that point."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs