Talladega: Scott Riggs preview

Riggs Keeps Positive Attitude TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 20, 2004)-- Scott Riggs heads south this weekend to guide the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Riggs, who had a season-high 13th place finish at...

Riggs Keeps Positive Attitude

TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 20, 2004)-- Scott Riggs heads south this weekend to guide the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Riggs, who had a season-high 13th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago (April 4), is coming off of a frustrating weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where he crossed the finish line 28th.

"We didn't have the finish we wanted in Martinsville," said Riggs, who had a previous Truck Series win at the half-mile short track. "We really had some momentum going there.We tested well there and earned a solid starting spot, but in the end, we didn't get the result we wanted.

"The Valvoline team hasn't gotten down about it though," he continued. "We know that things don't go your way every week. We're heading to Talladega with our chins up. We've had a lot of adversity to overcome so far this season, so when we finally find success, it will be even sweeter."

RIGGS' PRE-TALLADEGA QUOTES

On Talladega Superspeedway:

"Talladega is a tough track. You have 43 cars running three-wide at 200 mph. It's mentally draining. You have to worry about who's behind you, in front of you, and beside you constantly. If you lose your concentration for even a second, you've put yourself in position to get caught up in 'the big one,' or worse, cause it.

"The key to a track like Talladega is staying up front. If you're at the front of the pack, you're a lot less likely to get caught up in a big wreck then if you're in the back trying to race your way through the field. Starting position is definitely going to be a big factor for us."

On his previous experience at restrictor plate tracks:

"I've had interesting experiences at restrictor plate races. I usually qualify well, but don't always get the finishes I feel like I deserve. I started in the top-10 both times I went to Talladega with the Busch Series, but neither resulted in a top-10 finish and that was disappointing.

"Who's willing to work with you on the track is also a big factor in plate racing. I'm lucky I have a veteran like Joe (teammate Joe Nemechek) that is willing to work with me and give me a break if I need one. But, as a rookie, you're teammate is the only one you can really rely on. As I learned in Daytona earlier this year, when other drivers see the rookie stripe on the back of your car, they don't feel as obligated to help."

On the Raybestos Rookie of the Year chase:

"Obviously, Kasey (Kahne) is having a great year, as are several other rookies. I still think it's anyone's title to claim. If you look at the rookie standings right now, less than twenty points separate second through sixth, and I think there is only a fifty point differential from first to last.

"We definitely want to be competing for rookie honors with just a few races to go, and I'm confident we will be. I'm hopeful we can get on track and start having the finishes the Valvoline team is capable of and get back into the thick of things."

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Series NASCAR Cup
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