Talladega II: Scott Riggs preview

Riggs Hopes To Change Superspeedway Trend in Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. (Sept. 28, 2004) - Despite top-10 qualifying efforts in his last two restrictor-plate races, bad luck has hindered Valvoline driver Scott Riggs from clenching a solid ...

Riggs Hopes To Change Superspeedway Trend in Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (Sept. 28, 2004) - Despite top-10 qualifying efforts in his last two restrictor-plate races, bad luck has hindered Valvoline driver Scott Riggs from clenching a solid finish at superspeedways this season.

Heading into this weekend's EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Riggs is optimistic about his chances of matching those qualifying performances but knows that staying out of trouble is the key to a strong result.

"The team has really stepped our superspeedway program up," explained Riggs. "Each time we've gone to a big track this year, our performances have improved - we've qualified well and had great runs until something knocked us out of contention."

Riggs started fifth in Talladega's April event, but was forced to retire early after a multi-car accident collected the No. 10 Valvoline Chevy just before the halfway mark of the event.

"We had a great racecar in April," recalled Riggs, who ultimately finished 34th. "I was trying to keep the fenders on it and keep my nose clean and wanted to wait until later in the race to show my hand. I was doing a lot of giving and wanted to do my taking later, but we never got the chance."

In July, Riggs started seventh in Daytona's Pepsi 400 and was running in the 12th position when miscommunication on pit road cost him valuable track position.

"We definitely had a top-10 finish in mind before we got ourselves in trouble in Daytona," explained Riggs, whose final result was 21st. "We ended up being in "catch-up" mode for the rest of the night and weren't able to capitalize on our starting spot."

Riggs knows that the team's performance this weekend will be important, but possibly just as important will be its luck.

"We're going to try and come out of the box strong," he continued. "Hopefully we can qualify well again and then be both smart and lucky during the race. If we can do that, we should be okay in the end. We're ready for some of our good performances to equal a good finish-- maybe this will be the week."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs