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RIGGS CARRYING MOMENTUM TO CALIFORNIA "Hopefully this entire season we'll be a million miles away from the luck we had last year. Right now, we have this ball of momentum rolling toward us and it's getting bigger and bigger. This is the first...

RIGGS CARRYING MOMENTUM TO CALIFORNIA

"Hopefully this entire season we'll be a million miles away from the luck we had last year. Right now, we have this ball of momentum rolling toward us and it's getting bigger and bigger. This is the first time we've gotten the chance to show just how big it is and now it's rolling even faster heading into next week. This is going to be a fun year for us."
    Scott Riggs following his fourth-place finish in the Daytona 500

FONTANA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2005) -- Coming off of a Nextel Cup career high fourth-place finish in Sunday's Daytona 500, Scott Riggs is looking forward to taking the Valvoline team and its momentum to California Speedway, where he recorded his first Busch Series win in 2002.

Before that Busch victory, Riggs promised fans at the team's souvenir trailer that if he won the event he'd return to the site and do cartwheels. Following victory lane celebrations and media center duties, the then 31-year-old rookie from Bahama, N.C. returned to the area and performed a line of cartwheels in front of the many fans who showed up to see if he'd keep his word.

"I was so excited I could've done cartwheels all night," said Riggs, who also won the Craftsman Truck Series pole at the California track in 2001. "I don't think a lot of people thought I'd go back out there, but I called the lady that ran the trailer and told her I was coming. I definitely gave the fans a show... I don't know if it was a very good show, but it was a show nonetheless."

After a successful test session at California Speedway in early February, Riggs' plan is to have another strong run this weekend when the Valvoline team heads to the two-mile oval, although he won't reveal if acrobatics will be involved.

"We had a great test session out there in California and we think we can have another good finish there," he said. "These next two races (California and Las Vegas) are really going to tell a lot about this new rules package and how it's going to affect the race cars.

"We had strong runs in California last year and seemed to be a top-10 car in testing, so hopefully we can be up front again this week and keep that momentum rolling. I'll have to think about the cartwheels-- I think I may need to come up with something new."

In 2004, Riggs qualified fourth and ninth in his two visits to Fontana. His seventh-place finish in the fall race was his second best of last year (behind a fifth-place at Dover).

"Hopefully this entire season we'll be a million miles away from the luck we had last year," explained Riggs. "Right now, we have this ball of momentum rolling toward us and it's getting bigger and bigger. This is the first time we've gotten the chance to show just how big it is and now it's rolling even faster heading into next week.This is going to be a fun year for us."

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