Martinsville: Scott Riggs race report

RIGGS FINISHES 21ST IN MARTINSVILLE MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 10, 2005) -- Scott Riggs recorded a 21st-place finish in Sunday's Advanced Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Riggs started the 500-lap, 250-mile event from the top position ...

RIGGS FINISHES 21ST IN MARTINSVILLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 10, 2005) -- Scott Riggs recorded a 21st-place finish in Sunday's Advanced Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Riggs started the 500-lap, 250-mile event from the top position after winning his first Nextel Cup career Budweiser Pole in Friday's qualifying session.

"We had an okay day," offered Riggs, who remained 14th in the Nextel Cup driver standings. "It obviously wasn't the finish we wanted to follow our first pole with, but we survived.

"The Valvoline Chevrolet wasn't where it needed to be at the beginning of the race and we fell back pretty quickly. We couldn't quite get the handling right and ended up losing a lap.

"Then, to make matters worse, a piece of tire rubber from the track got under the hood and melted a plug wire and we were racing on seven cylinders for a while. There was a long green-flag run and we ended up losing another lap and that really hurt us. Once we were two laps down there wasn't much we could do."

It took numerous caution periods to replace the melted wire, but the Valvoline team rallied and brought home a 21st-place finish.

"It's a long race when you're struggling," said Riggs. "But it's behind us now. We're going to keep focusing on the success we've had lately as we head to Texas. We're looking forward to getting there and trying for a top-five finish. I'm glad we survived Martinsville and are going back home in one piece."

The next stop for the Valvoline team will be Sunday (April 17) at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs