Indianapolis: Scott Riggs preview

SURPRISINGLY, INDIANAPOLIS ONE OF RIGGS' FAVORITE TRACKS INDIANAPOLIS (August 2, 2005)--Some people may be surprised to find out that one of Scott Riggs' favorite racetracks is the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the sophomore driver...

SURPRISINGLY, INDIANAPOLIS ONE OF RIGGS' FAVORITE TRACKS

INDIANAPOLIS (August 2, 2005)--Some people may be surprised to find out that one of Scott Riggs' favorite racetracks is the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the sophomore driver was collected in an accidentlast season.

But when fans and media members push for an answer to the cliche' question, "What's your favorite track," they often receive a surprising response.

"I really like Indy," replies Riggs, who will make his second start at the 2.5-mile oval in this weekend's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. "We didn't qualify the best there last year and we had a bad finish, but it was one of those races where I really felt we had a chance to contend.

"We started mid-pack, but took advantage of our pit stops. We made some pretty big changes from the beginning andstarted passing cars. After every restart we were able to pick upfour or five positions right off the bat."

Around the halfway point of the event however, Riggs' strong performance came to an abrupt halt when his No. 10 Chevywas caught in the aftermath of another accident.

"It sounds funny having a favorite track be somewhere with such a bad result," offered Riggs. "But we were just unlucky. The bottom line is that we started the race feeling okay about the racecar. But by the halfway mark we felt great about it. It was a testimonial to what a good job the Valvoline team did."

Riggs hopes the team can pick up where they left off in Sunday's race at the Brickyard.

"If we can be as productive this year as we were last year, we should be okay," continued Riggs. "We were fast when we came to test here, so hopefully it's a sign of what's to come.

"The plan istobring home a good, solid finish so that when I tell peoplemy favorite track is Indy, they'll understand why."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs