Indianapolis: Scott Riggs preview

Riggs To Make Indianapolis Motor Speedway Debut SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Aug. 4, 2004) - Scott Riggs, one of five rookies competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, will make his Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) debut this weekend at the 11th running...

Riggs To Make Indianapolis Motor Speedway Debut

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Aug. 4, 2004) - Scott Riggs, one of five rookies competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, will make his Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) debut this weekend at the 11th running of the celebrated Brickyard 400.

Riggs, driver of the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet, recalls watching the Indianapolis 500 as a child, but never imagined that someday he would compete on the famed 2.5-mile oval.

"It will be a pretty neat feeling," offered Riggs. "The track carries so much history and tradition. I remember when I was little and watching the winner drink milk in Victory Lane. I never thought I'd be in a position to compete there one day."

Indianapolis is unlike any other track on the Nextel Cup circuit in that it has grandstands lining both sides of the frontstretch, something Riggs has never experienced but anticipates to be a neat sensation.

"I always hear other drivers talk about having fans on both sides as you shoot down the frontstretch," explains Riggs. "I've already had so many new experiences as a Raybestos rookie this year, but this weekend is sure to bring about even more."

Riggs' trip to Indianapolis comes on the heels of a great run at Pocono Raceway. While he was credited with a 22nd-place finish, Riggs ran in the top-10 throughout the event only to lose a battery with five laps remaining.

"Last week was bittersweet," Riggs said. "We had an awesome run going, and that was great for the Valvoline team. We know what we're capable of, but it's nice to run up front and show everyone else. We've been saying we're coming around, and I think with the last few races, we've started demonstrating that."

Riggs placed the Valvoline Chevy in the top-10 throughout Daytona's Pepsi 400 in July, but lost track position due to a miscue during the team's final green-flag pit stop. The following week, Riggs was swept-up in the aftermath of an eight-car accident while running seventh at Chicagoland Speedway.

"The second half of the season has definitely been better for us," Riggs said. "But we still haven't gotten the finishes we want or deserve -- we've had the runs, but haven't been able to find the results. I guess you have to have one before you can have the other."

Sunday's Brickyard 400 will be broadcast live on NBC, beginning with a pre-race show at 2 p.m. EDT.

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