Riggs fifth at Mesa Marin

BAKERSFIELD, CA (March 17,2001) - Scott Riggs scored his third straight Top-5 finish in three starts this season and maintained the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points lead in the OSH 250 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, CA. Saturday.

BAKERSFIELD, CA (March 17,2001) - Scott Riggs scored his third straight Top-5 finish in three starts this season and maintained the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points lead in the OSH 250 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, CA. Saturday.

"My hat's off to my guys," said Riggs, who piloted the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge to a fifth-place effort in the event. "They did a great job in the pits and made great calls all day. We had a real good truck. The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was really working all day. Somehow we got out of sync with our pit stops, but at the end, we worked our way back to the front and got out of here with another Top-5."

Riggs might have finished even higher if it wasn't for lapped traffic on the tight half-mile Mesa Marin oval. The slower trucks, along with a record 15 caution flags, held the young North Carolina driver in check over the final laps.

"Lapped traffic really played a big part in the outcome of the race," explained Riggs. "We fought and fought to get by some lap trucks and finally worked our way back to the leaders, but with all the cautions there at the end we just ran out of laps. There was just a lot of hard racing here at Mesa Marin."

Riggs was never able to get the long green flag run his truck needed to catch eventual winner and teammate Ted Musgrave. Veteran crew chief Tim Kohuth was pleased with his young driver's performance, but is also eager to get his truck back in the winner's circle.

"We were better than a fifth-place truck," said Kohuth. "Cautions killed us today. We just needed a green track to run. We had a second-place truck that ran fifth. It was a good day and Scott got another Top-5, so we have some good momentum going into the next race at Martinsville. If we keep running up there in the Top-5 we'll win one pretty soon."

"These guys deserve every pole and every win because of how hard they work," agreed Riggs, who now leads the points chase by 12 markers. "Instead of going three, four, five, I'm ready to go four, three, two, one and get Team ASE a win."

Riggs and his Team ASE bunch head to the flat, half-mile oval in Martinsville, Va., in two weeks. The Advance Auto Parts 250 gets under way on

Saturday, April 7 at 1p.m. Eastern Time. The fourth of 24 NCTS events this season will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast live on MRN Radio worldwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Scott Riggs