MID-RACE CONTACT RUINS RIGGS' EFFORT AT DARLINGTON DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 7, 2005)-- Scott Riggs produced a 36th-place finish in Saturday night's Dodge Charger 500 here at Darlington Raceway. Behind the wheel of the No. 10 Valvoline...
MID-RACE CONTACT RUINS RIGGS' EFFORT AT DARLINGTON
DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 7, 2005)-- Scott Riggs produced a 36th-place finish in Saturday night's Dodge Charger 500 here at Darlington Raceway.
Behind the wheel of the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet, Riggs started the 500-mile event 18th. When the green flag dropped over the 1.366-mile oval, he reported to his team the race car was severely loose, causing him to lose several positions.
Minor changes on the first round of pit stops tightened Riggs' Chevy, but shifted the car to a snug condition. After another stop, the sophomore driver found the car to be where he wanted it and no more changes were needed.
One lap down, Riggs guided the Valvoline Chevy around the egg-shaped circuit, picking up spots on the leader board and hoping to put himself in position to get the lap back. The chances of that happening slimmed on lap 242 of 367,when he and the No. 77 car made contact in Turn 1.
"I'm not sure what the (No.) 77 was thinking," offered Riggs, who fell to 21st in Nextel Cup driver point standings. "He came charging into the corner down there trying to pass me, but didn't have the tires or the car to stay underneath me. He got below me and just ran me right up into the wall. I was a lap down and trying to get my lap back and he was two laps down, so I don't know why he was racing me like that."
Riggs drove the car to the garage area where severe damage to the front end of his machine was repaired.
"We were a little off in the beginning of the race, but we were starting to make some good lap times and picking up spots," Riggs explained. "We put ourselves in a good position to start moving forward and possibly getting a lap back, and then we got into that mess with the (No.) 77 car. That ended our chances of getting the finish we wanted."
Riggs continued, "Our time is coming. I know it is. We just have to stay confident and upbeat until then-- not an easy thing to do, but something I know this Valvoline team can accomplish."
The next race for the NEXTEL Cup Series will be Saturday night (May 14) at Richmond International Raceway.