"The truck was just a little too free," explained Riggs. "The guys made some adjustments and that helped me a quite a bit, but it just wasn't enough to get by Ruttman. My crew chief Timmy Kohuth made great calls all day and our pit stops were ...
"The truck was just a little too free," explained Riggs. "The guys made some adjustments and that helped me a quite a bit, but it just wasn't enough to get by Ruttman. My crew chief Timmy Kohuth made great calls all day and our pit stops were awesome. I think the 18 (Ruttman) and the 24 (Jack Sprague) both had a little better truck than we did, especially on the long run. I'm tickled to come out of here with a second-place finish."
Only one caution flag spiced the early portion the race forcing Riggs to pit for four tires and fuel under green flag conditions on Lap 156. The Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" turned an 18 second stop and got Riggs back out on the lead lap in seventh place. Riggs steadily sliced through the field and worked his way back into second by Lap 181, eight seconds behind the leader.
"That was the best our truck was all day," Riggs said. "After we bolted on those four fresh Goodyear tires, the truck was really fast. I think everyone else, except for Sprague, only took two tires and that was the difference."
Opportunity knocked when the caution flag flew on lap 197 erasing Ruttman's eight-second lead forcing a green, white, checker finish. However, Riggs wasn't able to get the best of Ruttman on the restart as Ruttman rolled to a .449 second victory. The runner-up finish allowed Riggs to stay atop the NCTS season point standings by an 80-point margin over Ruttman. Riggs has led the championship chase since the second race of the season at Homestead, FL.
"I just didn't have enough gear to stay with Joe on that final restart, but everything seems to be going our way and hopefully we can keep this momentum rolling heading into the next race at Dover," said Riggs. "We'll just keep working on Top-5s and we'll get back in the Winner's Circle."
The MBNA E-Commerce 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway will take the green flag Friday, June 1 at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be broadcast live on MRN radio and telecast on a same day, taped delayed basis by ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) also has along involvement in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. As the primary sponsor on the No. 2 Team ASE entry, the non-profit organization has been able to highlight its efforts to provide the highest quality professional technical training and certification at all levels of vehicle maintenance and repair. In addition to ASE's racing involvement, the organization is active= in numerous civic, charitable, educational and humanitarian activities.