EARLY INCIDENT COSTLY FOR RIGGS IN TEXAS RACE FORT WORTH, Texas (April 17, 2005) -- Scott Riggs was one of the early victims in Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. With only eight laps completed in the 334-lap, 500-mile ...
EARLY INCIDENT COSTLY FOR RIGGS IN TEXAS RACE
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 17, 2005) -- Scott Riggs was one of the early victims in Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
With only eight laps completed in the 334-lap, 500-mile Nextel Cup event, Riggs' Valvoline Chevrolet hit the wall after snapping loose in Turn 4.
"I made a mistake," offered the sophomore driver, who is 18th in driver points. "Doug (Randolph, crew chief) and the team made some good changes before the race that really seemed to help and I was able to drive into the corners on the outside. I felt really stable and was picking off some positions up there.
"I was just a bit free getting in but was trying to drive in a little harder hoping to tighten the car up-- I was trying to drive a push in it. But I didn't do it. I drove off into the corner that last time and it just snapped loose, spun around and backed into wall."
Riggs drove the damaged Valvoline Chevrolet to the garage area where the crew made repairs to the machine and returned it to the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
"The guys on the Valvoline team did an awesome job getting it all back together," Riggs continued. "We had a pretty good racecar at the end, even though we were wadded up. I hated to put them in this position, but they rallied and got the job done.
"We can't let this keep us down. We'll be back next week at Phoenix fighting as hard as ever for a good finish. We want our momentum to keep on rolling so you can bet we'll come back strong."
The next stop for the Valvoline team and the Nextel Cup Series will be a Saturday night race (April 23) at Phoenix International Raceway.