Riggs, Team ASE Dodge Ready For Chicago Motor Speedway Shootout CICERO, IL (August 12, 2001) - As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads "home" for the second-annual running of the Sears Craftsman 175 at Chicago Motor Speedway, Scott Riggs and...
Riggs, Team ASE Dodge Ready For Chicago Motor Speedway Shootout
CICERO, IL (August 12, 2001) - As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads "home" for the second-annual running of the Sears Craftsman 175 at Chicago Motor Speedway, Scott Riggs and Team ASE have a fresh outlook as they eye the 2001 NCTS crown.
Riggs, who owns four Truck Series victories in just his first full season on the 24-race tour, including a dominating win in the series' most recent stop at Nashville Superspeedway, couldn't be more excited about heading back to series' sponsor Craftsman's home town. He's especially focused on picking up where he left off before mechanical failures sidelined his shot at winning last year's "Windy City" classic.
"We had a pretty good run going in the No. 86 truck at Chicago last year," said Riggs. "Unfortunately, we had a rearend gear fail about 80 laps in and that killed any chance of a good finish. The truck was good, we led a bunch of laps, but I don't think we had a truck capable of winning. I'm pretty sure we could have come out of there with a Top-5, but I guess we'll never know. What I really like about Chicago is that it's a flat one-mile track that produces a lot of good side-by-side racing. I'm not sure what it is about flat one-miles, but they seem to suit my driving style pretty well. This year we haven't been very successful on the flat miles, but those races were kind of flukes. At Milwaukee we had trouble with the right front hub and at Loudon we had a brake caliper bracket come apart on us. Our performance has definitely been better than our results have yielded."
Riggs and Team ASE continue to be one of the benchmarks other teams have been shooting for this season. In 16 races, Riggs has only started outside the Top-5 on three occasions and outside the Top-10 just once. With a stellar finishing average of 7.9, Riggs has only finished out of the Top-5 five times in the series' first 16 stops. The potent Riggs/Kohuth duo has also combined for 3.9 starting average, including three Bud Pole Awards.
"With the exception of a few races, I've been really pleased with the way Scott and the 'Ultra Bad Boys' have performed this year," explained Kohuth. "You see a lot of teams having the wheels fall off when they are forced to battle adversity. That's what I'm most proud of them for is their ability to hold their heads high when maybe everything isn't going our way. They battle back and they never give up. At Texas earlier in the season, we wrecked pretty bad and I thought we were done for sure, but these guys have a never say die attitude and they worked on the ASE Dodge for about 25 laps and we went back out and were as fast as the leaders without any fenders on the truck. They never give up."
"That's exactly the type of attitude we need to get back on top of this championship battle," added Riggs, who comes into the Chicago race second in the NCTS championship chase, 32 markers behind leader Joe Ruttman. "Last week at Nashville we turned this program back in the right direction. We sat on the pole, led a bunch of laps and came out of there with another win. We need to do the same thing here in Chicago. This is Craftsman's hometown and I couldn't think of a better place to get another win for ASE and Ultra Motorsports. All the people from Sears and Craftsman are huge supporters of the Craftsman Truck Series and I'm proud to come to Chicago and race in their backyard."
The Sears Craftsman 175 at Chicago Motor Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, August 18 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 17th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.
ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) also has a long 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.