Riggs takes checkered flag at Martinsville

Scott Riggs Takes Checkered Flag in Advance Auto 250 by Thomas Chemris Martinsville VA Durham North Carolina native and team ASA driver Scott Riggs won the Craftsman Truck Series race held Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Riggs in his...

Scott Riggs Takes Checkered Flag in Advance Auto 250

by Thomas Chemris

Martinsville VA

Durham North Carolina native and team ASA driver Scott Riggs won the Craftsman Truck Series race held Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

Riggs in his ASA sponsored Dodge held off Travis Kvapil, who finished .874 seconds behind.

The race appeared to be dominated by Bobby Hamilton who took the lead from teammate Joe Ruttman on lap ten and seemed to be running away with it until his transmission went away.


Photo: Thomas Chemris

Starting on the outside pole, Riggs stayed in the top five for the first 86 laps, contact on pit road with Terry Cook placed him in the rear of the lead lap with body damage.

Six laps later on the restart, lap 93, Michael Dokken stuck a gear, checking up on the field, causing a front stretch pile up involving Gunselman, Kenny Schrader, Chuck Hossfeld, and Randy Tolsma.

The caution was enough for the team to repair damage and keep on the lead lap, pitting several times during the extended caution

Taking the lead on lap 140, Team ASA opted to remain on the track as the leaders came in for fresh tires after the caution came out for a spin involving Larry Gunselman.

Riggs willing to gamble with the new Goodyear tires pitted for the last time and steadily moved his way up front as the leaders pitted, and held on to the point leading for a total of 108 laps.

There was total of 9 caution during the event which lasted an hour and 51minutes.

Riggs victory is his first in the truck series.

Breaking into the series in 1999, he has been a part time driver, and is his first win in 23 attempts.

"I figured if they could go in and get tires, I could stay ahead of them for twenty or thirty laps, the tires were just super consistent".

His victory holds his first place standing in overall points, leading Joe Ruttman by a margin of 12 points. This is the third win in four races for truck owner Marlene Smith. His teammate Ted Musgrave won the two previous events at Mesa Marin and Miami.

Rounding out the top five were Travis Kvapil, Terry Cook, Joe Ruttman, and Randy Tolsma.

The series heads to Gateway International in St Louis May 6th.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Ted Musgrave , Larry Gunselman , Chuck Hossfeld , Terry Cook , Scott Riggs , Joe Ruttman , Michael Dokken , Randy Tolsma , Travis Kvapil