Anticipation High For Riggs, Valvoline Team DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2004)--After a successful January test session at Daytona International Speedway, Scott Riggs is eager to head back to the famous 2.5-mile track wherehe hopes to begin his...
Anticipation High For Riggs, Valvoline Team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2004)--After a successful January test session at Daytona International Speedway, Scott Riggs is eager to head back to the famous 2.5-mile track wherehe hopes to begin his sophomore season with success on the Nextel Cup circuit.
"This is the most excited I've beento start a season in a long time,"explained the Bahama, N.C. native. "I really think we've finally got the right people in the right positions to find success. In the off-season this team has worked like a well-oiled machine and I think thatconsistency will roll over to the track."
The Valvoline driver claimed the second overall fastest time in Daytona 500 testing, and ranked first or second in all four sessions in which he participated.
"Testing was a good shot in the arm for the Valvoline team," offered Riggs. "It made the guys feel good about all the work they did in the off-season.The wind tunnel telling you you're fastis one thing, but when you consistently put down good laps it makes the whole team feel justified for the hard work they've put in the car in the off-season."
Both Riggs and teammate Joe Nemechek were among the fastest cars at testing, along with new MB2 teammate Boris Said.
"It seems our Chevrolets keep improving every time new ones are built," said Riggs. "With all the Hendrick horsepower under the hood and these bodies being as fast as they are, we're hoping we can be successful. We really leaned on Joe's Army team last year, especially in the beginning. The more we grow in the (No.) 10 team, hopefully the more equal we'll become and the more we'll be able to help them out and everyone learn from each other."
Last season, Riggs showed promise on superspeedways, qualifying seventh (Talladega), fourth (Daytona) and fourth (Talladega) at three of the four 2.5-mile restrictor-plate tracks.
"The guys back at the shop have done an incredible job of building us new cars," Riggs continued. "It's obvious from performances last year plushow well the Valvoline and U.S. Army Chevrolets ran during testing that the team's superspeedway program is really coming around. Anytime you're trying to decide which car to take to a track because both of them are good, you're in a great position, and that's what we had to do."
Valvoline crew chief Doug Randolph agreed.
"Testing at Daytona was valuable. We expected to run pretty well, but actually doing it is a big confidence booster for the team. We're hoping for good things to come and this is a great start. Being fast at the test isn't what's important, but having confidence in yourselves coming back to Speedweeks is. Everyone on this Valvoline team is ready to get on the track and that in itself is a good sign."