FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2004)-- In his first 2004 trip to California Speedway, Scott Riggs' top-five qualifying effort and equally impressive run was ruined by a faulty clutch and a costly pitroad incident. The Valvoline Chevrolet driver hopes...
FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2004)-- In his first 2004 trip to California Speedway, Scott Riggs' top-five qualifying effort and equally impressive run was ruined by a faulty clutch and a costly pitroad incident. The Valvoline Chevrolet driver hopes to avoid similar problems, but match the performance, when he returns to Southern California this weekend for Sunday's Pop Secret 500.
"We had a good run going in May," said Riggs, who qualified fourth for the event. "We lost the clutch early in the race, but we stuck in there and struggled through it."
With 50 laps to go in the event Riggs brought the Valvoline Chevy down pitroad for the team's final pitstop.
"It was time to make our best move of the day on the last stop and we knew we had to get out quickly to get that top-10 finish that we thought we could achieve," explained Riggs.
"But when I came into the pit box I slid past the sign because the clutch wasn't working properly. When I shoved it into reverse I hit the jack and ruined it. The crew had to go over the wall to get another jack and the extra time spent in the pits spoiled any chance of a strong finish."
Riggs knows with the team's improved performances recently, topping his 25th-place finish in May is feasible.
"I think we can have a top-10 run or better," offered Riggs. "This team has had some great performances lately. We haven't always gotten to the checkered flag to get the deserving result, but performance-wise we've improved tremendously.
"If we can qualify like we did in May and not have an equipment problem, I think we'll be able to take the Valvoline Chevrolet to the front."