Martinsville II: Scott Riggs preview

RIGGS RETURNS TO HOME OF FIRST CAREER POLE MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 19, 2005)--Scott Riggs would like to start his weekend at Martinsville Speedway the same way he did in the spring--as the winner of the Nextel Cup Bud Pole award. "Winning the...

RIGGS RETURNS TO HOME OF FIRST CAREER POLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 19, 2005)--Scott Riggs would like to start his weekend at Martinsville Speedway the same way he did in the spring--as the winner of the Nextel Cup Bud Pole award.

"Winning the pole was a great feeling and a good confidence booster for the team," said Riggs. "It would be great to start from the front row again, but what's more important is running well and being in contention when the checkered flag falls. It's the finish that counts."

In March, Riggs arrived at the half-mile flat track and claimed his career-first Nextel Cup pole position. But when the green flag signaled the beginning Sunday's race, the Valvoline team faced an ill-handling race car and a bout of bad luck.

"It wasn't the finish we wanted to follow up our first Bud Pole with," said Riggs, who was credited with a 21st-place result. "TheValvoline Chevroletfell back pretty quickly andto make matters worse, a piece of tire rubber from the track got under the hood and melted a plug wire -- we were racing on seven cylinders for a long time."

While Riggs was disappointed in the result of his last visit to Martinsville, he was proud of the team's weekend performance and believes valuable lessons were learned on that trip.

"Winning the pole was a credit to everyone on the Valvoline team," said Riggs. "There's no doubt in my mind that we will work just as hard this weekend to try and repeat that. I think we figured some things out in the spring that will help this time around."

The Nextel Cup event will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Series NASCAR Cup
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