RIGGS WANTS RESULT TO PARALLEL PERFORMANCE AT CALIFORNIA FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2005)--Despite solid starting spots and strong runs at California Speedway, Scott Riggs has had trouble collecting equal results at the...
RIGGS WANTS RESULT TO PARALLEL PERFORMANCE AT CALIFORNIA
FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2005)--Despite solid starting spots and strong runs at California Speedway, Scott Riggs has had trouble collecting equal results at the two-mileracetrack.
Riggs qualified 12th in the spring event at California Speedway, and ran in the top 10 throughout the event before becoming one of eight drivers to have an engine let go. In the 2004 May race, he qualified fourth but found himself with a 25th-place result after a clutch problem hampered the Valvoline Chevrolet's performance.
"California is a track where this team has always had success," said Riggs. "That is, we've always had success as far as good cars and solid runs. But when it comes to finishes, we seem to find a lot of trouble and it's frustrating."
Riggs' average Nextel Cup starting spot at the speedway is 8.3; his average finish is 21.6.
"If we can just get things to come together at the same time then I think we can have top 10 runs. It's just getting that to happen," Riggs explained.
And the team did get that to happen last fall, when it found itself following up a ninth-place starting spot at the southern California track with a seventh-place finish.
"We got it right last September," offered Riggs. "We fell back in the field,but we kept chasing the conditions of the race track and making good changes and found ourselves back up front. The guys on the Valvoline team never gave up. We went into that race confident we could get a good finish and we did it. Hopefully it will be the same this weekend."
Riggs enters Sunday's Sony HD 500 after a blown enginelast week at Bristol Motor Speedway cost the team a solid finish.
"We had transmission and engine problems last week," said Riggs. "We'll cross our fingers it can't happen two weeks in a row.
"We're hungry for a win. If we can perform as well as we typically do at California and not run into any troubles, we should be in contention."