Talladega: Scott Riggs race report

Riggs Gets Collected in Multi-Car Wreck at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 25, 2004)--Scott Riggs' best starting position of the season turned into a 34th place finish Sunday, when the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet fell victim to a mult-car ...

Riggs Gets Collected in Multi-Car Wreck at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 25, 2004)--Scott Riggs' best starting position of the season turned into a 34th place finish Sunday, when the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet fell victim to a mult-car accidentin Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Riggs' fifth-place qualifying effort and the strong lap times the Valvoline Chevrolet produced in Nextel Cup practices gave the No. 10 team plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into the second restrictor-plate race of the season.

That optimism was transformed to frustration on lap 83 of 188 when an 11-car melee on the backstretch collectedthe Valvoline Chevy, forcing Riggs todrivethe carto the garagefor damage repair.

"I couldn't see what happened," explained Riggs. "I slowed down and almost missed the whole thing. I didn't really get caught up in the first part of the wreck, but when I slowed and went low to drive below it, I got hit from behind and found myself spinning."

"I just credit it to restrictor-plate racing," continued Riggs. "We had a great racecar andshowed that all weekend. 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."

The Valvoline team scurried to the garage area where they replaced the nose, radiator, and right-side suspension of the No. 10 machine, enabling Riggs to return to the track and pick up several positions.

"The team did an incredible job putting the Valvoline Chevy back together and getting Scott back on the track," offered crew chief Doug Randolph. "That's what will make us a better team in the long run."

California Speedway in Fontana is the next stop on the Nextel Cup Series schedule (May 2). The race will be broadcast live on FOX beginning at noon PDT, 3 p.m. EDT.

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