CLERMONT, IN (August 3, 2001) - Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can't buy a break - just ask Scott Riggs. Riggs, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship points leader heading into the Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway...
CLERMONT, IN (August 3, 2001) - Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can't buy a break - just ask Scott Riggs.
Riggs, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship points leader heading into the Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, had more than his share of bad luck in the event. In fact, it took just 20 laps on the tough .686-mile oval to derail Riggs' hopes of a fourth win this season. Unfortunately, things only got worse after that.
"We had a heim joint break on the track bar," explained Riggs, who spun but managed not to crash when the part malfunctioned early in the race. "We just seem to be fighting bad luck right now, but I know we'll get this ship turned around. The 'Ultra Bad Boys' did a great job fighting adversity and keeping their heads up under some pretty tough circumstances. The guys replaced the track bar before we came to the track, so the part was brand new. It's a shame that a $50 part cost us a good run."
After spending what seemed to be an eternity on pit road replacing the broken part, Riggs returned to the track in 33rd position, three laps down to the leaders. Things then went from bad to worse when the Bahama, NC driver spun his Team ASE Dodge after contact with another truck on Lap 52.
Eventually, Riggs would survive the 200-lap test in the annual mid-summer classic at IRP bringing home a 21st-place effort. The finish not only wasn't what Riggs and the team hoped for at IRP, but it also dropped them to third in the NCTS championship chase, 74 points out of first place.
"These last couple of weeks have been pretty hard on this team, but we'll get it back," said Riggs. "That's what champions are made of. I have all the confidence in the world in this team and they have the same amount of confidence in me. We're not going to let a couple of bad races get us down. We'll go get them next week at Nashville. The guys have a great truck for me and I'm looking for another win."
The Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway will take the green flag Friday, August 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 16th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.