Texas: Scott Riggs preview

Past Results Have Riggs Feeling Upbeat About Texas Race FT. WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2004)-- Scott Riggs looks for another successful finish at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend when he visits the 1.5-mile tri-oval to compete in Sunday's ...

Past Results Have Riggs Feeling Upbeat About Texas Race

FT. WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2004)-- Scott Riggs looks for another successful finish at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend when he visits the 1.5-mile tri-oval to compete in Sunday's Samsung/Radio Shack 500.

In his only two starts at the track, Riggs finished fourth (2002) and second (2003) in the NASCAR Busch Series, starting both races from top-15 positions (12th and 4threspectively). He is hopeful that his past experience there will provide him with the chance to end the streak of bad luck that has haunted him this season and enable him to drive his No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet to a strongfinish.

RIGGS PRE-TEXAS QUOTES

On Texas Motor Speedway:

"Texas is one fast racetrack. The biggest thing we need to focus on is having the right setupwhen the race starts. We've been able to get going the last few races and start running some fast lap times, but we're usually too far behind at that point for it to do much good.

"You have to be able to keep your momentum all the way around at Texas, going into the corners and coming off the corners. It's a smooth track that isn't too hard to drive if you've got the right car. You need a lot of horsepower, which I know we'll have with these Hendrick engines."

On his success at Texas Motor Speedway:

"Texas has been good to me so far. I had some good finishes there in the Busch Series. We really want to focus on qualifying and starting up front this weekend. In the past, I've had great starting positions and that allowed me to stay up front and be where we wanted to be from the beginning instead of having to take half the race to get there."

On the start to his 2004 season:

"We're looking to get a good finish this weekend and turn our season around. We've had some bad luck and we've missed our setup a few times. Last week in Bristol we had lap times equal to the leaders about half way through the race. But we missed the setup at the beginning and it hurt us because it was too late to compete for a good finish.

"We'll be okay. We're keeping our chins up. I've said it before--we know what we're capable of, so we're just waiting for our turn. It's still early in the season. The only place we can go from here is up."

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