Rockingham: Scott Riggs race report

Handling problems cause Riggs to finish 31st in Rockingham. ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2004) -- Fast lap times in practice and a top-twenty qualifying effort didn't lead to the results the Valvoline team hoped for in Sunday's Subway 400 here at...

Handling problems cause Riggs to finish 31st in Rockingham.

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2004) -- Fast lap times in practice and a top-twenty qualifying effort didn't lead to the results the Valvoline team hoped for in Sunday's Subway 400 here at North Carolina Speedway.

Riggs started the 393-lap contest 19th, but was shuffled to the back of the field when he began battling a tight racecar in the early stages of competition. The Valvoline team made changes to the machine but never got the car where they wanted it.

"The car wasn't handling well today," said Riggs, who finished 31st in the 400-mile race. "We kept working on it and trying to free it up, but it stayed tight. We were solid in practice and qualified well, but when race time came, nothing clicked for us."

With fewer than 100 laps remaining, the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet lost power and Riggs was forced to bring the car down pit road. He returned to the track after receiving a new battery but found the car still had no power. Riggs revisited the Valvoline pit stall and the team provided a third battery to the machine.

"I wasn't getting any power out on the track," Riggs said. "I brought the car in and they gave me a new battery and I still wasn't getting anything. I've never gone through three batteries in one race. This just wasn't our day.

"However, it's another experience to take something from. We'll think about this race tonight and study our notes and then we'll start focusing on Las Vegas. That's all you can do."

Las Vegas will be the third and next stop for the 36-race Nextel Cup schedule. The March 7th date at Las Vegas Motor Speedway follows a rare off weekend for NASCAR teams.

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Drivers Scott Riggs