GLADEVILLE, TN (August 10, 2001) - For the fourth time in just their first season together, Scott Riggs and the Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" came up big winning the Federated Auto Parts 200 Friday night at the all-new Nashville Superspeedway. ...
GLADEVILLE, TN (August 10, 2001) - For the fourth time in just their first season together, Scott Riggs and the Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" came up big winning the Federated Auto Parts 200 Friday night at the all-new Nashville Superspeedway.
"The Team ASE 'Ultra Bad Boys' did a great job tonight," said Riggs. "We were fast ever since we unloaded here on Wednesday. The guys worked late all week so we could have this truck ready to bring to Nashville. I think we executed a great plan by continually making the truck better, more comfortable and faster. We had a great truck and my crew chief Timmy Kohuth made fantastic calls in the pits. I think we showed what this team is made up of tonight. We had a team meeting before we came to Nashville and Timmy told me and all the guys what we needed to do to get back on top of this championship chase - nine races, no mistakes. Well, I think everybody did a pretty good job holding up their end of the bargain tonight."
The win marked the second time this season Riggs has collected the $10,000 bonus from series' sponsor Craftsman for winning the race from the pole position. In addition to the bonus, Riggs received the most unique trophy of the 2001 season, a custom-made Gibson Les Paul guitar. In a most gracious gesture, Riggs gave the trophy to Doug Schaub, an Ultra Motorsports crew member.
"Doug has worked as a volunteer on this team for two years," explained the 30-year-old Bahama, NC driver. "During the week, he works full-time for an airline and he is an incredible guitar player. He is a very important piece of this team and I can't think of a better way to pay him back than by giving him this trophy. A lot goes on behind the scenes on this race team and too many times the driver is the one who gets all the credit. I thought this would be a great way to pay Doug back for all of his hard work."
Riggs led all but 19 of the 150 laps contested easily making the race his most dominant win of the season. Riggs, who also won on the concrete surface at Dover (DE) Downs International Speedway earlier this season, earned $44, 635 for the win. The victory also boosted Riggs one spot to second in the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship chase, 32 markers behind point leader Joe Ruttman. Team owner Jim Smith was on hand to celebrate Ultra Motorsports' eighth win of the season and couldn't have been prouder of the team effort displayed by both Ultra Motorsports teams.
"It's been a tough couple of weeks," said Smith. "We had a terrible weekend last week at IRP and to come back and be as dominant as we were tonight with Scott winning, Ted Musgrave finishing second and collecting our eighth win of the season is pretty phenomenal. These guys went to work and made it right and I expect them to continue at the same pace for the rest of the season."
"Everything went very well tonight," added Kohuth. "Scott was very good tonight. If you look at our lap times, they never really fell off. Tonight was a good night for us. We've had our share of bad luck and I think we steered this program back in the right direction tonight."
Next up for Riggs and Team ASE is a trip to the "Windy City" for a 175-lap shootout in series' sponsor Craftsman's backyard at the Chicago Motor Speedway.
The Sears Craftsman 175 at Chicago Motor Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, August 18 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 17th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.