Scott Riggs, Team ASE Ready to Bounce Back at Kansas KANSAS CITY, KS (July 2, 2001) - As the debate continues to heat up in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series over which manufacturer holds an aerodynamic advantage, Scott Riggs, driver of the No....
Scott Riggs, Team ASE Ready to Bounce Back at Kansas
KANSAS CITY, KS (July 2, 2001) - As the debate continues to heat up in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series over which manufacturer holds an aerodynamic advantage, Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram considers a trip to the brand-new Kansas Speedway the great equalizer.
"I'm really looking forward to Kansas," said Riggs, "There has been a lot of controversy all season long over who has the advantage, Dodge, Ford or Chevrolet. Well no one has been to Kansas and we're not allowed to test on tracks we race on, so this race will be really exciting. No one will have an advantage over anyone else, everything should be about as equal as anyone could ask."
The trip to the suburban Kansas City track will mark the second time the Truck Series has visited a new venue this season. Earlier in the tour, Riggs drove his ASE Dodge to a third-place finish at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway at Darlington, SC. Later in the year the NCTS will also make two other stops at fresh facilities including the all-new Nashville (TN) Superspeedway and the high-banked South Boston (VA) Speedway.
"That's one of the cool things about this series," explained Riggs.
"Because this is more of a grass-roots style of racing we go to new racetracks every year. This year it's Darlington, Kansas City, the new track at Nashville and one of my old stomping grounds, South Boston. We get to race on a lot of really nice racetracks. NASCAR is always looking to expand and cover new markets. I'm just excited to be part of it."
Heading into the 250-lap test around the state-of-the-art Kansas track, Riggs stands second in the NCTS championship chase, just six points behind leader Joe Ruttman.
After nine Top-5 finishes in the season's first 10 races Riggs and his Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" stumbled with mechanical difficulties in last week's GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile. But, in championship fashion, Team ASE rallied around their 30-year-old driver making repairs in just 26 laps allowing the young charger to get his ASE mount back on track to collect valuable championship points.
"Milwaukee was a tough race for us," said Riggs. "That was the second time in three races that we had trouble and that hurt us pretty bad in the points. As far as I'm concerned this is the best darn team in the Truck Series garage, but sooner or later bad luck is going to bite you. At Texas, that was driver error, I just got impatient and that cost us. At Milwaukee, we had three studs break on the right front and so we ended up breaking the hub. Now we need to get back on track, stay focused and click off some more Top-5s. This is a championship caliber team and we'll bounce back. We need to go to Kansas qualify well and notch another Top-5."
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, July 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 12th 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.