Riggs, Team ASE Pumped For Friday Night Fight Under The Lights At Nashville LEBANON, TN (August 6, 2001) - On the heels of a tough night at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Scott Riggs and Team ASE are ready to bounce back as the NASCAR Craftsman...
Riggs, Team ASE Pumped For Friday Night Fight Under The Lights At Nashville
LEBANON, TN (August 6, 2001) - On the heels of a tough night at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Scott Riggs and Team ASE are ready to bounce back as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads for the all-new Nashville Superspeedway and the Federated Auto Parts 200.
Riggs, who owns three NCTS wins in just his first full season on the 24-race Truck Series tour, is looking forward to the trip to another new speedway and an action-packed night under the lights at the 1.333-mile concrete oval.
"There's just something about going to Nashville," explained Riggs, driver of the No.2 Team ASE Dodge Ram. "I've run quite a bit on the old half-mile track at the Tennessee Fairgrounds, but I've never even seen the new track. From what I've heard, it's relatively flat with only 14 degrees of banking in the corners. I guess it gets pretty narrow, so it should be exciting. What I like the most is that the racetrack is concrete and the last time we raced on concrete was at Dover when we won our second race of the year. My crew chief Tim Kohuth and the 'Ultra Bad Boys' have a great set-up for concrete ovals, so we should have a good shot at the pole and hopefully we can steer this ship back in the right direction and get another win for ASE."
So far this season, Riggs and Team ASE have been one of the benchmarks other teams have been shooting for. In 15 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 8.4, Riggs has only finished out of the Top-5 five times in the series' first 15 stops. The potent Riggs/Kohuth duo has also combined for three NCTS wins, a first for the ASE/Ultra Motorsports package in a single season.
"We've really only had a couple of hiccups," said Kohuth. "And the last couple of races have just been flukes. Three weeks ago at Loudon, NH, we had a brake caliper bracket break and I've never, in all my years of racing, had that happen. Last week at IRP, we had a heim joint break on the track bar in the rear of the truck. Again, that was a freak kind of incident. I think we should have all the bad luck behind us. We're bringing a brand new truck to Nashville and a new attitude - nine more races, no mistakes."
"That's what it's going to take to get back on top of this championship fight," added Riggs who comes into the Nashville race 74 markers behind championship leader Jack Sprague. "We've got to stay focused and get another good finish at Nashville. I finished seventh in the No. 86 truck at the old Nashville track last year and I'm looking to better that finish for Team ASE and Ultra Motorsports this year. I know the guys have built a great truck, now we all need to step it up a notch a get back to the top of the points."
The Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway will take the green flag Friday, August 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 16th 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.