Pocono II: Scott Riggs preview

Riggs Eager To Begin Second Half of Season LONG POND, Pa. (July 27, 2004) - Scott Riggs has eagerly awaited the second half of his rookie season to arrive. The Valvoline driver has often been quoted as saying that his team is looking ...

Riggs Eager To Begin Second Half of Season

LONG POND, Pa. (July 27, 2004) - Scott Riggs has eagerly awaited the second half of his rookie season to arrive.

The Valvoline driver has often been quoted as saying that his team is looking forward to the latter half of the Nextel Cup year, which not only contains tracks Riggs is fond of, such as California, Dover and Talladega, but will also send the team back to race tracks that they have already visited once this season.

"We've been waiting for the second half of the year to begin for a while," said Riggs, one of five rookies in the 2004 class. "We really struggled the first half of the season, but we feel like we'll be able to use what we've learned at a lot of these tracks and apply it to our second visits to get some solid finishes."

Riggs will have a chance to test his theory this weekend when he returns to Pocono Raceway for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500. During his first trip to the 2.5-mile superspeedway, Riggs drove his way from a provisional starting spot of 40th to a 16th-place finish, ending his day on the lead lap.

"Our last trip to Pocono was valuable," offered Riggs, who also entered and won that weekend's ARCA Series event. "We found ourselves two laps down, but were able to get the car dialed in and back on the lead lap. We came away from that weekend with a lot of knowledge that can help us out this Sunday."

At Daytona International Speedway, the only track the team has visited twice so far this season, Riggs bettered his starting spot by 29 positions (36th in Feb., 7th in July). Unlike his 34th-place result in February, he contended for a top-ten finish in July, before a miscue on a green-flag pit stop forced him to a 21st-place finish.

"I think I'm finally starting to get a feel for these new tires," explained Riggs. "Our team is really coming together and beginning to gel and make things work. I'm doing a better job of communicating to the team what I feel in the racecar, which in turn makes it easier for them to make appropriate adjustments.

"We spent a lot of time at the beginning of the season having to look for the right combinations, instead of just fine-tuning the car. We're hoping now that we're returning to some of these tracks for a second time, we'll be able to unload close to where we want to be, and spend the weekend just tweaking the Valvoline Chevy so we can drive to the front."

The Pennsylvania 500 will be broadcast live on TNT and is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. EDT.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs