Martinsville II: Scott Riggs race report

Riggs Finishes 26th at Martinsville MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 24, 2004) - Despite a top-10 qualifying effort, Scott Riggs finished 26th in Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. "What a tough day for us," explained Riggs as he ...

Riggs Finishes 26th at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 24, 2004) - Despite a top-10 qualifying effort, Scott Riggs finished 26th in Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

"What a tough day for us," explained Riggs as he climbed from the Valvoline Chevrolet. "With rain and the cool weather that we had today, Doug (Randolph, crew chief) and I both anticipated the track would free up. Because of that, we tightened the Valvoline Chevrolet up quite a bit and it really hurt us because the track was tight when the green flag dropped."

Riggs started the 500-lap, 263-mile event sixth, but quickly fell through the field when the event began.

"We kept trying to make the car better all afternoon, but we just couldn't ever get it neutral. It stayed tight all day long. We survived - and we weren't bad toward the end. But track position is so important here that it was just to late to make a move.

"I think if we had started with a setup closer to what we ended with in yesterday's happy hour (final practice), we'd have been better off."

With 17 yellow flags waving in the four-hour competition, the recently repaved .526-mile short track created a great show for an estimated 91,000 fans. The Ashland Paving And Construction (APAC) company, one of the family of companies of Valvoline's parent, Ashland Inc., recently finished rebuilding the concrete and asphalt surface at Martinsville Speedway.

"Despite a disappointing finish for our team, my hat still goes off to APAC," continued Riggs. "They came to Martinsville with the goal of recreating a surface that always produced exciting races and that's what they did. These fans definitely got their money's worth today."

The next stop for the Nextel Cup Series will be Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Bass Pro Shop MBNA 500 will be broadcast live Sunday, Oct. 31 beginning at noon Eastern.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs