DARLINGTON,SC (May 12, 2001) Scott Riggs recorded his sixth consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Top-5 finish scoring a third-place effort in the inaugural Darlington 200 at the famed "Lady in Black." "We had a good truck ...
DARLINGTON,SC (May 12, 2001) Scott Riggs recorded his sixth consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Top-5 finish scoring a third-place effort in the inaugural Darlington 200 at the famed "Lady in Black."
"We had a good truck today," said Riggs, who continued as the NCTS point leader. "This Team ASE Dodge was really good. The 'Ultra Bad Boys' gave me great pit stops and I'm just tickled to get another Top-5. I guess that's six in a row for Team ASE, so everybody is doing what they need to do to keep us on top of the points.
"It was almost like a win for us as far as the point situation goes," continued Riggs. "Both the guys in front of us weren't regulars in the Truck Series. They were both Winston Cup guys that come down here to beat up on guys like me. Bobby Hamilton and Ken Schrader taught me a lot here today, what you can do and what you can't do. I picked up a bunch from those guys. Kenny took time to talk to me and give me a few pointers on how to get around this place. I can't thank him enough."
The third-place run marked the second time this season the Bahama, NC short track ace finished third on superspeedway he hadn't raced on before. At the season-opening Daytona 250, Riggs proved himself worthy of the stout Ultra Motorsports ride by finishing third at the 2.5-mile high-banked oval.
"I just want to thank Jim Smith for giving me this opportunity and Timmy Kohuth for putting these great trucks underneath me," Riggs stated. "That's what we're here for. We're here to finish in the Top-5. We slipped out of the Top-5 a couple times today, but good pit stops helped us rebound and get back up there. Everything is going good, we just need to keep it up."
Riggs heads into familiar territory as the series makes its seventh stop at Pikes Peak International Raceway next week. Last year at PPIR, Riggs had a strong run, finishing ninth in just his fourth Truck Series start. This time out, the 30-year-old pilot has the team and equipment to make a run for the win.
"I really enjoy going to Pikes Peak," said Riggs. "It's a flat one-mile and that's the type of track where I can really concentrate on winning. At Darlington you have to race the racetrack until about 20 laps to go. Then, you can focus on racing the guys around you. I just wanted to get out of here today with the truck in one piece and another Top-5. Next week, I want to win."
The Jelly Belly 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway will take the green flag Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The seventh race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.