Scott Riggs won his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole position Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway for Sunday's Florida Dodge Dealers 400. Riggs ran a quick lap of 36.982 seconds, 146.017 mph. He was followed by Ricky Hendrick,...
Scott Riggs won his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole position Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway for Sunday's Florida Dodge Dealers 400. Riggs ran a quick lap of 36.982 seconds, 146.017 mph. He was followed by Ricky Hendrick, Ted Musgrave, Lance Norick and Joe Ruttman.
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 2 Team ASE Racing Dodge)
"Speeds slowed down from practice. We were considerably faster than anyone in practice, but just squeaked by for the pole. We were the first truck to qualifying, and then had to wait it out. I tried not to follow the action, I tried to concentrate on what we had to do to get ready for the race. I won a pole at the beginning of last year in a late model stock car at a short track, I can't remember the name of it right now. I remember getting turned around, and I fought my way back to finish second."
RICK CRAWFORD (No. 14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford)
"We're concentrating on a win for Sunday. We hope we didn't come in with nothing left. We're going to do the best we can and have some fun. It's been a good track for us in the past, knock on wood. Try to repeat a win here. Always enjoy coming to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Looking forward to a good show on Sunday. It's the same racetrack we run on when I won back in 1998. It seems easy for me to get the feel for us. I know what I'm looking for. I know what needs to be fast. It's always a great place to come. It's a nice facility. I really commend the racetrack department."
RICKY HENDRICK (No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet)
"We tested here last year in our Busch Series car and ran under the track record. We came back for the Miami 300 and could have won the pole, but I messed up and overdrove it in qualifying. That helped me today, because I didn't overdrive it. I didn't think I had a shot at the pole. I told the team I'd be happy with a top five, and we wound up second. This is pretty much 90 percent of my team from the Busch Series last year. I think we'll be as good here as we were at Daytona (he finished second)."
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge)
"I didn't know how we would do in qualifying. Ever since we unloaded we were working on handling, working on getting it in race condition. This track is hard to set up right, to get the truck handling. So we were concentrating on working on the setup throughout the session. We put new tires on it and blocked it off for a simulated qualifying run near the end of the session, but we were too late, they closed the gate on us. So qualifying was a shot in the dark. Since we've been working on our race setup, now we can work with Scott (teammate Riggs) on that. Mike Wallace has done a heck of a job with this team here (won in 1999, captured the pole in 2000), and they left a lot of good notes that have helped us this year."