Darlington II: Scott Riggs preview

DARLINGTON, S.C. (Nov. 9, 2004) - With only two races remaining in the 2004 season, Valvoline driver Scott Riggs hopes to end his rookie year with momentum, and a strong finish Sunday in his first Southern 500 would be a step in the right ...

DARLINGTON, S.C. (Nov. 9, 2004) - With only two races remaining in the 2004 season, Valvoline driver Scott Riggs hopes to end his rookie year with momentum, and a strong finish Sunday in his first Southern 500 would be a step in the right direction.

"Darlington's got so much history," said Riggs, one of five rookies in the Nextel Cup Series. "With this being the last Southern 500, I think I'm very fortunate to be able to say that I competed in this prestigious race. That's pretty special. And a solid finish there would make it even better."

"I really want this season to end on a high-note," he continued. "This team has definitely had its ups and downs this year and I really think finishing on the upside is important heading into the off-season. I felt we got back on the right track last week with a 14th-place finish in Phoenix. However, we need to improve upon that in the final two races. "

Known as "The Track Too Tough To Tame," Darlington Raceway provided trouble for Riggs in his spring trip to the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. He made contact with another machine halfway through the event and finished 30th.

"My crew chief Doug Randolph loves Darlington, so that's always a good thing," explained Riggs. "We've run well there and we've run poorly there so I have mixed feelings on the track. It's all about how good your car is on any given weekend.

"Hopefully we'll be able to find the right combination for the Valvoline Chevy and stay out of trouble on raceday. Staying out of trouble there is probably the biggest strategy for getting a good finish."

Riggs believes that after a tough month for the Valvoline team, a solid run in his first, and last, Southern 500 would be a good start toward building that momentum he's looking for.

"Running well this weekend would be a big shot in the arm," commented Riggs. "These last two races are going to be big for us."

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