Martinsville Riggs, Team ASA overcome adversity to win

MARTINSVILLE,VA (April 7, 2001) - Scott Riggs overcame a potential mid-race disaster to score his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory in the Advance Auto Parts 250 Saturday at the Martinsville Speedway. Riggs, who started his Team ...

MARTINSVILLE,VA (April 7, 2001) - Scott Riggs overcame a potential mid-race disaster to score his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory in the Advance Auto Parts 250 Saturday at the Martinsville Speedway.

Riggs, who started his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge from the outside pole of the series' 150th race, collided with the truck of Terry Cook while exiting the pits after a routine stop on Lap 89 of the 250-lap event. Despite quick work by his Team ASE mates, Riggs dropped back to 17th in the running order only to roar back through the field to win his first-ever NCTS event.

"I'm just ecstatic to get this Team ASE/CARQUEST to victory lane," said an elated Riggs afterward. "Like I said before, my guys deserve every pole and every win, that's how hard they work. They're so good that I know, no matter what the circumstance, my guys will get me in and out as fast as they can. We had to pit three times on that caution and they fixed the front end, made some adjustments to free the truck up, put on left side tires and kept me on the lead lap. It was amazing."


Riggs Victory Celebration. Photo: High Sierra Photography

Even more amazing was Riggs' power trip trough the field back to the top spot. When the green flag flew again on Lap 105, Riggs was mired in heavy traffic. Patiently, Riggs worked his way back through the 36-truck field and was up to fifth by the 140th circuit. Riggs then inherited the lead after the top four trucks headed for pit road under caution and once on the point, the driver ofthe Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge never looked back leading the final 109 circuits.

"Goodyear brought such a good tire that I never even worried about the tires," said Riggs, who earned $35,560 for the victory. "The truck was a little tight in the corner so I had to use the throttle to make it turn. I spun the tires a lot coming out of Turn 4, but I knew I could keep doing it because the tires were so consistent and it stood up to the abuse without ever going away."

Riggs was quick to congratulate Craftsman Truck Series pioneer and his Ultra Motorsports owner Jim Smith, on being one of only two team owners to enter every event since the series began in 1995. Smith, who was unable to attend the Martinsville shootout, was in California accepting the "Humanitarian of theYear" award from Child Help USA, a local charity Smith is active in.

"This was the150th race for Jim Smith and the Craftsman Truck Series and what a great way to top it off," said Riggs. "Jim made a huge leap of faith when he signed me to drive his truck and I'm just glad I was able to come through for him."

"Scott did a fantastic job overcoming adversity," said Ron Weiner, ASE President. "The team did some fairly substantial repairs to the steering and everything in those three pit stops. Those guys won it the hard way and that's what quality auto repair is all about, so we're thrilled."

Veteran crew chief Tim Kohuth was equally thrilled to return to victory lane. Kohuth has made several trips to the winner's circle, but never with a young talent like Riggs.

"It is no secret Scott is going to be real good and when you do it the hard way, it's pretty neat," commented Kohuth. "I've always had veteran drivers over the last 10 years of my career, so this is a little different. It keeps me on my toes."

The win, which marked the fourth Top-5 effort in as many races this season, also kept Riggs atop the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, 27 markers in front of Joe Ruttman.

Riggs and the No.2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge will next take on the flat 1.25 mile Gateway International Raceway in the Ram Tough 200 Sunday, May 6. The 160-lap event will be telecast live on ESPN at 4 P.M. Eastern Daytlight Time and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Scott Riggs , Joe Ruttman , Jim Smith