MARTINSVILLE, VA. (April 6, 2001) In the first three races of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Scott Riggs and his No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge have notched Top-5 finishes in every event. More importantly, Riggs, the NCTS ...
MARTINSVILLE, VA. (April 6, 2001) In the first three races of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Scott Riggs and his No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge have notched Top-5 finishes in every event. More importantly, Riggs, the NCTS points leader, returns to familiar ground as the series makes its fourth stop of the season at the .526 mile Martinsville Speedway for the Advance Auto Parts 250.
"Martinsville is the kind of track where you really have to hustle the truck around the race track," said Riggs. "It's definitely where my roots are from, a place like Martinsville and the short tracks in the southeast like it. The 'Ultra Bad Boys' have always done well every time they go to Martinsville that I'm sure they know what it's going to take to put a good set-up under the truck so I can feel comfortable and do just that, hustle the truck around the track."
One year ago, in his just first NCTS start at Martinsville, Riggs turned some heads when he qualified his locally-owned No. 84 Romano Guest Construction Ford fifth and finished ninth on the lead lap .Last year, Team ASE and former driver Mike Wallace won the pole at Martinsville and finished second behind Winston Cup regular Bobby Hamilton after rain forced a two-day delay of the 250-lap shootout.
This time around, Riggs and Team ASE are ready to better that finish by one position.
"I know my guys are ready to win and so am I," Riggs said. "These guys deserve every pole and every win, that's how hard they work. Week in and week out Ultra Motorsports, including the No.1 (Ultra Motorsports teammate Ted Musgrave) bunch, brings the best equipment to the track and it shows iduring practice,qualifying and in the race. Ted has won two in a row, now it's time for me to get to the winner's circle. I want to win bad."
At Martinsville, brakes are usually the story of the race. But, Riggs is more concerned with having a good handling truck than he is about brakes.
"The better you handle, the less brakes you're going to need," explained Riggs. "You need to have a good shock package where you can get across the ripples all the way through the center of the corner, plus still have the truck so it will turn and have enough forward bite to get off the corner good.
"For some reason I've never been one to use a lot of brakes like a lot of other people," Riggs continued. "Even on big brake tracks like Martinsville I've never been one to get the brakes red-hot or use them real hard. Last year was my first truck race at Martinsville and I never got the rotors cherry red or lost any pedal. I just try to be easy on the brakes. The main thing is to have a good handling race truck and be fluent and smooth so you have what you need at the end."
If consistency is the road toward winning championships, Riggs is in good shape. Top-5s is what North Carolina short track ace and Team ASE have been all about this season, finishing third at Daytona (FL), fourth at Homestead (FL) and fifth at Bakersfield (CA).
"It's a little early to be thinking about points," Riggs said. "Scoring Top-5s will get you points and three Top-5s in a row is why we are in the lead. Instead of going three, four, five, I'm ready to go four, three, two, one and get Team ASE a win."
The Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway will take the green flag Saturday,April 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The fourth race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast live on MRN Radio worldwide.