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RIGGS' PROMISING RUN ENDS WITH AN ENGINE PROBLEM JFONTANA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2005) --Scott Riggs was making a move in Sunday's Auto Club 500, but then he encountered an engine problem that spoiled a promising run at California Speedway. After...

RIGGS' PROMISING RUN ENDS WITH AN ENGINE PROBLEM

JFONTANA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2005) --Scott Riggs was making a move in Sunday's Auto Club 500, but then he encountered an engine problem that spoiled a promising run at California Speedway.

After starting the 500-mile event 12th, Riggs found himself solidlyrunning in the top-10 before a pit road problem shuffled him to the back of the field. However, within 30 laps the Valvoline Chevrolet was back with the lead pack.

"The Valvoline Chevy was running great today," said Riggs, who is coming off of a Nextel Cup career high fourth-place finish in last week's Daytona 500. "We worked our way toward the front and had a solid run going. Then we had a little problem on the left rear on a pit stop (loose lug nuts)and that sent us to the back of the field. But we drove right back up there to the topq0 before we hadan engine problem."

Withalittle less than 100laps remaining in the 250-lap event, Riggs reported to his crew that he was having engine trouble. Shortly after, he brought the No. 10 Chevy down pit roadwhere the Valvoline crew determined the machine wasn't runningon all eightcylinders.

"Something let go in the motor," said Riggs, who was credited with a 33rd-place finish.b^0x001cWe dropped a cylinder but seemed to be hanging in there.We went another 65 laps or so before we had to pull into the garage."

With only 33 laps to go, the Valvoline Chevrolet lost a second cylinder, spoiling any chance of the team finishing the race.

"Hendrick Motorsportsgives us great horsepower week after week," Riggs offered. "It's a shame because you don't hear about thoseengines breaking very often. Every once in a while you're going to have something like this happen -- it's disappointing, but that'sjust part of the sport."

"Today's resultdoesn't do anything to hurt the team's momentum going into Las Vegas," Riggs continued. "All we did today was prove what a strong car the Valvoline Chevrolet was. We started 12th, which we were disappointed with, fell to the rear of the field and drove right back to thefront.

"So I don't think this is going to hurt us. Obviously we're disappointed we couldn't get the finish we deserved, but we still feel great about theteam's accomplishments this weekend and theway the guysare working together to build strong cars and strong performances."

The next stop for the Valvoline team will be at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 13.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs
Teams Hendrick Motorsports