Talladega II: Scott Riggs race report

TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 3, 2004) - Scott Riggs, driving the No. 10 Zerex/Valvoline Chevrolet, had a strong performance Sunday as the rookie driver claimed an 11th-place finish in the EA Sports 500 here at Talladega Superspeedway. Riggs, who ...

TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 3, 2004) - Scott Riggs, driving the No. 10 Zerex/Valvoline Chevrolet, had a strong performance Sunday as the rookie driver claimed an 11th-place finish in the EA Sports 500 here at Talladega Superspeedway.

Riggs, who started fourth, flirted with the lead as the race was winding down. When the 500-mile event was restarted on Lap 143 of 188 he was running in third place.

"We had a top-10 car all weekend but just couldn't stay up front today," said Riggs. "We kept battling all day driving to the front and then getting shuffled to the back. In the end there were just some strong cars that teamed up and plowed by us in those final laps. That's how it is in Talladega - if you're lucky enough to be in the pack you'll move to the front, if not you can be hung out to dry."

The final result was the third best finish of the season for Riggs, who feels the team continues to make progress as the learning curve for the first-year team shortens.

"We didn't tear the car up and finished 11th, all-in-all not a bad day," explained Riggs. "It's another positive step toward building this superspeedway program that seems to get bigger and better for our Valvoline team."

For Riggs and the No. 10 team it was indeed an improvement at NASCAR's restrictor-plate races. His finishes in the three previous superspeedway races this season were: 34th and 21st at the two Daytona events and 34th at the first Talladega race.

"I'm not happy with those results, but you can't overlook our improvement and not feel good about the future," offered Riggs.

The Nextel Cup circuit will head to Kansas Speedway Sunday (Oct. 10) for the Banquet 400.

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