Dover: Scott Riggs preview

Riggs Looks To Continue Streak Of Successful Dover Finishes DOVER, Del. (June 1, 2004) - Scott Riggs hopes to maintain his string of successful finishes at Dover International Speedway this weekend when he takes his Valvoline ...

Riggs Looks To Continue Streak Of Successful Dover Finishes

DOVER, Del. (June 1, 2004) - Scott Riggs hopes to maintain his string of successful finishes at Dover International Speedway this weekend when he takes his Valvoline Chevrolet to the one-mile oval for Sunday's MBNA 400 "A Salute to Heroes."

Known as "The Monster Mile," the high-banked oval granted Riggs second and third place finishes in his last two Busch Series trips to the speedway. He also won the Craftsman Truck Series race from the pole at Dover in 2001. He hopes his past successes there can help him produce the solid finish the Valvoline team has been waiting for.

RIGGS' MBNA 400 QUOTES

On Dover International Speedway:

"You need to be able to carry a lot of speed into the corners at Dover, but you have to be careful not to overshoot them at the same time.

"If your car is a little bit off, you can't hustle it around there and go fast. You have to have the car handling pretty well. It's hard to make up for anything it doesn't have.

"It's also hard to pass at Dover. You come off the corners and the walls come up really quick. Your car has to be a lot better than the one in front of you in order to pull your car lower and make a run.

"It's like a big Bristol. It's really fast. It has a lot of grip which makes the speeds so fast that it's easy to slip the tires because you're going so much faster than usual. It's a place that you have to be careful and take care of your stuff and try to be there at the end."

On his success at Dover International Speedway:

"I've had some good finishes at Dover. I won there in a truck (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) and I had good finishes the last two years in the Busch Series races. I think I have a pretty good handle on the track, but as I've seen this year, these Cup cars are a lot different from the Busch ones. Plus, with the new tires, I'm taking the Valvoline Chevy into this race with a lot of unanswered questions."

On the team's performance to date:

"The Valvoline team hasn't had the finishes I had hoped for, but that's part of being a new operation. We're still working to overcome our learning curve. I think we've made progress, but still have things to learn. By the end of every race the No. 10 Valvoline Chevy is running great lap times and passing cars. The problem is that we always seem to figure out the set-up for the car, or the right line around the track, too late in the race. If we can be as fast when the green flag drops as we are at the end of the event, we could have solid finishes every week."

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Series NASCAR Cup
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