Pocono: Scott Riggs preview

Riggs looks to build on best finish of season; Rookie driver will also compete in ARCA race at Pocono LONG POND, Pa. (June 8, 2004) Scott Riggs has never competed at Pocono Raceway, but he is hopeful that entering Saturday's ARCA Series race...

Riggs looks to build on best finish of season; Rookie driver will also compete in ARCA race at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. (June 8, 2004) Scott Riggs has never competed at Pocono Raceway, but he is hopeful that entering Saturday's ARCA Series race at the 2.5-mile track will better prepare him and the Valvoline team for Sunday's Pocono 500 Nextel Cup event.

Coming off of a career-best fifth-place finish at Dover International Speedway, Riggs will pilot the No. 99 Valvoline Pontiac in the Pocono 200 ARCA race. Officially driving for Ken Schrader, Riggs is hopeful the ARCA experience will benefit him come Sunday.

"The Dover finish shows us what we're capable of and gives us a good boost of confidence," said Riggs. "All the guys on this team do a great job. It's not a lack of effort why we haven't had some better finishes before now. It's just learning each other, me learning the tires, and gaining knowledge about these cars. It's been a learning curve for all of us and now we're slowly but surely getting over that hill."

"I've never raced at Pocono before, so we're hoping the extra race can help give us a head start on the weekend," continued Riggs, who will compete in his first career ARCA Series event. "The Pontiac we're taking for the ARCA race produced a fourth-place finish for the Valvoline team in last year's Miami-Homestead Cup series event, so we know we have a good car. Getting some laps under my belt should help us get a feel for the racetrack and with our set-up for Sunday."

Riggs' only experience at the asphalt tri-oval is a one-day test session the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet team participated in last week.

"We tested our Cup car in Pocono and everything went well," said Riggs. "The car was pretty good off the truck and by the end of the day it felt great. We're hopeful we can take the test session, the ARCA race, and our great result from last week and turn those things into another solid finish.

"We're still striving to be better. Last week's finish was a good shot in the arm. It lets us know we need to keep our heads up and it will pay off."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ken Schrader , Scott Riggs