Daytona 500: Scott Riggs preview

Scott Riggs No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota NOTES: Stat Facts ... In eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona International Speedway, Riggs has a fourth-place finish to call a career- best. The Bahama, N.C., native has a 22.87 ...

Scott Riggs
No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota

NOTES:

Stat Facts ... In eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona International Speedway, Riggs has a fourth-place finish to call a career- best. The Bahama, N.C., native has a 22.87 starting average coupled with at 27.38 finishing average.

Daytona Qualifiers ... In four qualifying races, Riggs has captured one top- five and two top-15 place finishes.

Qualifying King ... Riggs qualified second for the 2005 Pepsi 500 at DIS.

Sixth Sense ... The 2009 season marks Riggs' sixth season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In 167 starts the 38-year-old driver has scored three poles, four top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Additionally, he has earned just over $17 million in earnings.

Winning Crew Chief ... Tommy Baldwin won the 2002 Daytona 500 with driver Ward Burton. Burton started the race 19th and led five laps before crossing the finish line in front of Elliott Sadler to win 44th running of the Great American Race.

Sevendust ... Sevendust, the American Rock Band from Atlanta, Ga., will be at Daytona International Speedway. They will be guest of METALJEANS.com, one of Baldwin's associate sponsors. While they are at the track they will visit with the crews of several teams that carry the METAL logo. Sponsor, Sponsor, Sponsor ... Scott Riggs and Tommy Baldwin Racing are still looking for a primary sponsor for the 2009 season.

SCOTT RIGGS:

What are your goals for the Daytona 500?

"First and foremost, we need to make the Daytona 500. However, I think once we have made the 500 our goal is to show that we can hang with some of the bigger more funded teams. We want to go out there and prove that we can run in the top 10 and hopefully attract some sponsorship."

What will you learn during the qualifying races?

"I think I will learn how the tires wear and how much grip the track will have during the Daytona 500. I will also learn which of the other cars I will work well with and what cars I will probably want to stay away from. You will learn which cars have the muscle and the horsepower and which cars won't be able to keep up during the draft."

How nervous are you that you have to qualify your way into the Daytona 500?

"You always have a little bit of nerves racing at Daytona. It's kind of like the Super Bowl of our sport. However, I have been in this place before and I think my experience will help me focus. I hope that I am able to take the pressure off Tommy (Baldwin) and the team during qualifying by taking the pole. If not, I am going to go out there and race as hard as I can during the qualifying race and hopefully be in the Daytona 500 at the end of the day."

What do you have to prove this season?

"I think Tommy and I have to prove that we have cars capable of running in the top 10 to top 15 each week. We have to prove that we can run with Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch each week. We have to prove that our equipment will last the entire race. I think if we can do those things we will have a successful season and land a sponsor sooner than later."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Jimmie Johnson , Scott Riggs , Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler , Tommy Baldwin , Kyle Busch
Teams Tommy Baldwin Racing