Craftsman Truck Series races this season, Scott Riggs drove the Team ASE Dodge to a Top-5 finish rolling to a second-place effort behind his Ultra Motorsports teammate Ted Musgrave in the rain-delayed Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi at Gateway Interntional...
Craftsman Truck Series races this season, Scott Riggs drove the Team ASE Dodge to a Top-5 finish rolling to a second-place effort behind his Ultra Motorsports teammate Ted Musgrave in the rain-delayed Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi at Gateway Interntional Raceway.
"This was just a great day for Team ASE and Ultra Motorsports," Riggs said. "I don't think I really had anything for Ted. We had a good truck today, especially on cold tires after a caution, but on the long run the truck would tighten up so bad that we just couldn't catch up with Ted. We missed the set up just a little.
"We worked all weekend to free the truck up, but we ran a little short on practice time," Riggs continued. "I think if the rain would have stayed away during happy hour yesterday we might have found something, but I'll take second and head for Darlington."
Riggs started fourth in the 36-truck field and lurked around the Top-5 all day. The turning point in the race came on lap 125 when the Bahama, NC driver pitted under green for right-side tires and fuel. After the field cycled through green-flag stops Riggs found himself in 11th position. The Team ASE Dodge Ram pilot quickly sliced his way back to the front, eventually finishing a strong runner-up to Musgrave.
"My hat's off to Ted," Riggs said. "Those guys worked hard and it really showed today. But my 'Ultra Bad Boys' worked their tails off too. When we came in under green they turned a screamer of a pit stop and got me out there in front of a lot of guys. Week in and week out they give me great stops. I'm proud to work with them."
The runner-up finish moved Riggs 75 markers ahead of second-place Joe Ruttman and 86 points in front of third-place Terry Cook in the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship chase.
"I've said all along that Top-5s are what win championships," said Riggs. "We just need to keep doing exactly what we've been doing and we'll be in good shape at the end of the year. Jim Smith and ASE have been here since the series began and they have built a super strong program in the Craftsman Truck Series. They deserve this."
As a result of his performance, Riggs will be riding a brand new Harley Davidson, a gift Ultra Motorsports owner Jim Smith promised both he and Musgrave provided they score a one-two finish in the Ram Tough 200.
"Jimmy told us Friday night if we finish first and second, he was going to buy Ted and myself new Harley Davidsons," Riggs explained. "Well, we did it and I think I'll ride my new bike to Darlington."
Riggs and the No.2 Team ASE Dodge will next take on the NASCAR's oldest superspeedway as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to Darlington Raceway for the Darlington 200 Saturday, May 12. The 200-lap event will be telecast live on ESPN at 4 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.