Riggs, No. 36 Toyota Sidelined Early at Talladega Talladega, Ala. (April 27, 2009) -- Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 36 Toyota, was sidelined after being collected in the notorious "big one" that involved 14 cars on lap seven in Sunday's NASCAR...
Riggs, No. 36 Toyota Sidelined Early at Talladega
Talladega, Ala. (April 27, 2009) -- Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 36 Toyota, was sidelined after being collected in the notorious "big one" that involved 14 cars on lap seven in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
While the end result was less than desirable, Riggs was competitive on the race track all weekend. The 38-year-old driver was competitive in Friday's final practice session and was strong in qualifying the following day.
In time trials Saturday morning, Riggs toured the behemoth 2.66-mile Alabama track in 51.236 seconds (186.900 mph). The lap proved to be the 21st-fastest time of the session, lining up the Bahama, N.C., native on the inside of row 11 for Sunday's spring classic at Talladega.
When the green flag waved in front of an estimated 142,000 race fans, Riggs settled into a rhythm and began moving up the scoring pylon.
The No. 36 Toyota was strong and it showed. Riggs was able to hang around the front of the enormous pack of cars until the "big one" occurred on lap seven. Drivers behind the incident maneuvered in all directions to avoid the spinning cars which ultimately sent other cars spinning. Riggs tried to avoid the on-track chaos but ended up getting collected when another car struck him from the side.
Unable to drive the battered No. 36 machine back to the garage, Riggs was forced to go to the infield care center where he was examined and released. Once the No. 36 Toyota returned to the garage the Tommy Baldwin-led team realized it was too damaged to make repairs. The Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota was forced to settle for a 41st-place finish.
Brad Keselowski won the event followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambros and Scott Speed.
Next week, short track action heats back up when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Richmond for the first of two stops at the division's famous three-quarter mile "Action Track."
"Our No. 36 Toyota was really good. I guess I should have dropped to the back of the pack and not been as aggressive so early in the race. I think we had a top 10 car this weekend and I have to thank all my guys for all their hard work this week. Hopefully, we can have better luck next week."