SPARTA,KY (July 14, 2001) Scott Riggs flashed by Jack Sprague with eight laps to go to win the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway. The victory, Riggs' third of the season, came in the 150th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start for his team sponsor ...
SPARTA,KY (July 14, 2001) Scott Riggs flashed by Jack Sprague with eight laps to go to win the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway. The victory, Riggs' third of the season, came in the 150th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start for his team sponsor ASE.
"I couldn't think of a better present to give to ASE on their 150th start than another win and we were able to do just that tonight," said Riggs." It's been just an awesome season so far. I got my first Truck Series win on (Ultra Motorsports owner) Jim Smith's 150th race at Martinsville (VA) earlier this year and I was able to get my third here for ASE's 150th race. I'm just tickled for everybody involved with this Ultra Motorsports program."
The turning point of the race came when the 30-year-old driver took the lead for the first time on Lap 111 and headed for pit road under caution three circuits later. After a routine stop for fresh right-side tires and a full load of fuel, Riggs returned to the action in the sixth position. Another yellow flag, this one for a crash involving Matt Crafton and Riggs' Ultra Motorsports teammate, Ted Musgrave, again shifted the running order putting Riggs and Jack Sprague at the front of the pack. Riggs and Sprague traded the top spot over the next 28 circuits until Riggs took the lead for good on Lap 142. The caution flag waved one more time in the final laps, but Riggs held on during the green, white, checkered finish to grab his third win of the season.
"I have to give this win to all the guys on the Team ASE Dodge," said Riggs afterward. "They're the ones who made all the difference in getting me to the front. They're the ones that made the solid pit stops under green and gave me good track position. Track position was very critical tonight, especially for us. It seemed like the Team ASE Dodge took a long time to come in tonight."
Riggs, who started his ASE Dodge on the inside of the second row, struggled when the green flag fell on the 36-truck field, falling all they way back to seventh before making a charge toward the front.
"We set up in Happy Hour for the long run and we thought we would be pretty good," said Riggs. "We certainly didn't think we'd be so slow at the beginning of the run. We lost positions right of the bat and got caught up back in the pack, but the 'Ultra Bad Boys' kept digging and digging and we were able to work our way back to the front."
The win marked the first time in Truck Series history the Team ASE, Ultra Motorsports combo was able to notch three wins in a single season. Former driver Mike Bliss posted two wins during the 1996 and 1998 seasons while Mike Wallace also flew the orange, blue and white ASE colors in Victory Lane twice in 1999 and 2000.
"It's like a brotherhood at Ultra Motorsports," said Riggs. "We all pull in the same direction. We all have the same intensity about our racing, we want to win and we won't settle for anything less. We all push each other to do well and at the same time everybody is very supportive of one another. I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with and that really showed tonight."
The win earned Riggs $74,035 in prize money and stretched his point lead to 59 markers over second-place Joe Ruttman in the 2001 NCTS championship chase.
Next up for Riggs' and the Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" is the New England 200 at the New Hampshire International Speedway. The event will take the green flag Saturday, July 21 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.