Riggs, Team ASE Dodge Ready To Tackle NHIS "Magic Mile" LOUDON, NH (July 14, 2001) - There's something about flat, one-mile ovals that puts a smile on Scott Riggs' face. That's why Riggs can't wait for the green flag to drop on the New England...
Riggs, Team ASE Dodge Ready To Tackle NHIS "Magic Mile"
LOUDON, NH (July 14, 2001) - There's something about flat, one-mile ovals that puts a smile on Scott Riggs' face. That's why Riggs can't wait for the green flag to drop on the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
"I can't explain it, but there's something about flat, one-mile tracks that works in my favor," said Riggs, driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry. "Last year, we concentrated on putting a good shock and spring set-up under the truck so it would handle good through the center of the corner and give me a lot of forward bite coming off. At New Hampshire you have to have a good handling truck, otherwise you'll be in for a long afternoon."
Riggs had anything but a long day on the NHIS "Magic Mile" a year ago rolling to a sixth-place finish in the thatlook.com 200. This year, the Bahama, NC driver has had even better luck scoring wins at Martinsville (VA) Speedway, Dover (DE) Downs International Speedway and last week at the Kentucky Speedway. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point leader for most of the season, Riggs is looking to add to both his win and point totals this time around at NHIS.
"We had a really good run at New Hampshire last year," said Riggs, who drove the No. 86 IMPACT Motorsports entry at Loudon a year ago. "We started 11th and stayed near the front all day. I'm confident we can do the same, even better, this year."
Riggs will have the guidance of veteran crew chief Tim Kohuth and a solid Ultra Motorsports team working in his favor. So far this season Riggs has posted 10 Top-5 finishes in 13 races and has only qualified outside the Top-5 twice.
"Everything is headed in the right direction," said Riggs. "Everybody on Team ASE pulls in the same direction and that's towards the Winner's Circle. That's why we've been as successful as we have, because everybody is working toward the same goal - the Truck Series championship. Timmy and I communicate very well together. It's almost like we know what the other is thinking before we say it. That's what it take to run good in a series this competitive."
Riggs has additional reason to be optimistic about his chances at NHIS this weekend. Last season his Team ASE unit, with Mike Wallace behind the wheel, started 21st and rallied to a second-place finish.
"The guys ran really well last year," Riggs said. "They fought hard all day and got a great finish out of what could have been a disaster in qualifying. Track position at New Hampshire is so important, because there's usually only one groove. Hopefully, after we get out there and race a bit we can get a second groove worked in, but you have to be prepared to race one line all day."
In the most recent event on the NCTS tour, the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway, Riggs posted the third best qualifying time and rolled to a landmark win for his sponsor, Team ASE, grabbing the checkers on the organizations 150th series' start. The win earned Riggs $74,035, a career best, in the process. The 2001 NCTS point leader widened the margin in the championship chase by 59 markers ahead of second-place Joe Ruttman.
"That was just an awesome win for everyone involved with this race team," said Riggs. "That was ASE's 150th start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and what a great way to top it off for them. There just seems to be something about these 150th races for everyone here at Ultra Motorsports. We were able to win (Ultra Motorsports owner) Jim Smith's 150th race at Martinsville and now this. It's just been an incredible season. Now we need to stay focused at New Hampshire, get a good starting spot and bring home another good finish."
The New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, July 21 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 14th 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.