SOUTH BOSTON, VA (September 28, 2001) Scott Riggs and his Team ASE Dodge survived nine caution flags and a brush with disaster to finish third in the NetZero 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at South Boston Speedway Friday. ...
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (September 28, 2001) Scott Riggs and his Team ASE Dodge survived nine caution flags and a brush with disaster to finish third in the NetZero 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at South Boston Speedway Friday.
"Considering how bad it has been the last two races, we're pretty happy with a third-place finish," said Riggs, who hadn't scored a Top-10 finish since winning back-to-back races at Nashville and Chicago last month. "It was typical short track racing. We just got the bad end of the deal a couple times. Late in the race, we were running second and got pinched into the wall. After that, the truck was tight the rest of the night. I don't mean to sound bitter about a good third-place finish, but we were better than a third-place truck tonight."
After starting eighth in the 36-truck field, Riggs left little doubt he would be a contender throughout the 250-lap event. The Bahama, North Carolina short-track ace rocketed his ASE Dodge Ram to fifth by Lap 7 before making his way to third 15 circuits later. Riggs was then content to run there until pitting under caution for fresh tires and fuel on Lap 135.
Now eighth as the race went back to green, Riggs, a former winner at South Boston, raced his way back to second place before settling for the solid third-place finish at the checkered flag. The effort netted Riggs $17,615 in prize money and kept the five-time NCTS winner this season solidly in the championship hunt, just 57 markers behind point leader Jack Sprague.
"It's good to come back like we have," said Riggs who recieved a hero's ovation from near capacity crowd at the conclusion of the event. "The Team ASE Dodge guys did a great job tonight, just like they do every week. They gave 110 percent. Considering the bad luck we've had the last couple races, it's good to be back up front and get another Top-3. We're going to go to Texas next week and see if we can dominate that one."
Next up for Riggs and Team ASE is the re-scheduled trip to the 1.5-mile lightning-fast Texas oval. The Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Friday, October 5 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 21st race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.