Las Vegas: Scott Riggs preview

Scott Riggs, Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper make 2007 debut For the third consecutive season, Evernham Motorsports and its drivers Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs, and Elliott Sadler will be a part of the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper family. Scott Riggs...

Scott Riggs, Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper make 2007 debut

For the third consecutive season, Evernham Motorsports and its drivers Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs, and Elliott Sadler will be a part of the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper family.

Scott Riggs has two great partners in Valvoline and Stanley Tools, but for two races in the 2007 season, Scott will don the colors of Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper. The first race will take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

As Scott prepares for the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, he offers his thoughts on the season, the upcoming weekend, and his allegiance to Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper:

On the Season--

After some unfortunate luck at Daytona and Fontana (CA), you currently sit 44th in the point standings. Are you and the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper team feeling any pressure as of yet to get the season turned around?

"Obviously we have had a rough start, but I'm confident we can get things turned around. The whole Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper team has faced adversity before and it has made us a stronger team, so I'm confident that we can rally back and open some eyes this season."

Las Vegas will mark the return of your regular team director, Rodney Childers. How much of a role will he play in the team's overall improvement?

"He's our leader and while he has been influential with the pre-race notes and set-ups, it's no substitute for having him here. Rodney motivates this team and we certainly want him on top of the pit box. He brings a certain composure and confidence to our team that we need."

What do you expect, both of yourself and of your Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper team, in the 2007 season?

"Evernham Motorsports and Valvoline Evernham Racing as a whole are filled with talented and intelligent people and our team has shown we have what it takes to win races. We were consistent and strong at the end of last season, we just need to close the deal and win some races. If we can win with the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper / Valvoline Dodge this weekend, that'll be the spark we've been looking for."

On Las Vegas Motor Speedway--

You had the opportunity to test at Las Vegas's new track surface this past January. How do you like it? Do you feel that the new surface will be more exciting for fans?

"It's certainly fast. I think that in time, this will become one of the most exciting races to watch on the circuit. Right now, there are maybe one and a half grooves on the track. As more cars make laps and the surface begins to weather, that progressive banking will make for some great side-by-side racing."

Last year, you and the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper team scored two poles at Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina, a track similar in design to Las Vegas. Do you feel that your car will have what it takes to land a pole in Sin City?

"We'll see. A lot of other teams have stepped up their intermediate track programs since last year, so it will be a lot tougher to win a pole. Kasey and Elliott are always a threat for the pole. But all three of our teams had a good test session in Vegas so we each have a shot."

Evernham Motorsports has had a lot of success and the quad-oval style tracks such as Las Vegas. What would it mean to you to keep that tradition alive with a win of your own?

"It would mean everything to me. This team, for as hard as they have worked and for the strides that we've made since last year (when we were a start-up team), we deserve to be running up front. To win this race, to win it for Ray (Evernham) and Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper would be very, very special."

On Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper--

In addition to driving the No. 10 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper/Valvoline Dodge, you are also a lifelong fan of getting the parts you want and the service you deserve at Auto Value Bumper To Bumper. What was the last thing you purchased there?

"I grew up driving older cars. I had a couple of Pintos in high school. So heading to Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper for parts was a weekly routine. I never owned a new vehicle until I started driving in the Truck Series. I have been going there a lot lately to buy parts for my go-karts. We have a track behind our house and several karts I race with my father and little boy whenever the weather is nice. We buy everything from carb cleaner to spark plugs to keep them running."

You're a small town guy from Bahama, North Carolina, so naturally the locally owned and operated Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper stores appeal to you. Why would you recommend Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper to your fans?

"Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper has the experts in every store and they can find the right part the first time. It's a comfortable feeling when you walk into their stores because it's like having an old friend who understands what you need for your car and how much wear and tear you put on it. When you need someone to trust with your car, you need Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper."

"Although this is only my second year with Evernham Motorsports, Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper has been with me for a while. They are one of Valvoline's largest customers and I have visited folks at their hospitality areas all across the circuit. It's a pleasure to work with such a great group of people."

Race Facts

* Scott will be driving chassis #146, which is making its first appearance in a Nextel Cup race. The chassis was tested this January at Las Vegas and paced the field with the fastest lap of 183.511 mph on Day #1.

* After sitting out two races due to a rules infraction, Team Director Rodney Childers will make his return to the No. 10 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper team.

* Last year at Las Vegas, Scott finished in 28th position after starting from the 22nd starting spot. It was the second race ever for the No. 10 Valvoline Evernham Racing entry.

* Scott has an affinity for running up front while sporting Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper colors. In 2006, he scored a pair of tenth-place finishes, at New Hampshire International Speedway in July and at Richmond International Raceway in September.

-credit: em

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler