FOUNTAIN, CO (May 12, 2001) Scott Riggs continues to maximize his opportunity in the Team ASE Dodge as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to Pikes Peak International Raceway for the Jelly Belly 200. For Riggs, the lightning-fast Rocky...
FOUNTAIN, CO (May 12, 2001) Scott Riggs continues to maximize his opportunity in the Team ASE Dodge as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to Pikes Peak International Raceway for the Jelly Belly 200. For Riggs, the lightning-fast Rocky Mountain oval is a favorite stop on the 24-race NCTS Tour. Going to a familiar racetrack affords the Bahama, NC driver the chance to focus on steering his No. 2 Team ASE Dodge to Victory Lane.
"It's a super fast, flat, one-mile track," Riggs commented. "I had a good race at Pikes Peak last year. It was my second race in the No. 86 truck and we finished ninth, so I really enjoyed myself. With the equipment I'm in this year and having Timmy Kohuth and the Ultra Motorsports 'Ultra Bad Boys' in the pits, I think we've got a good shot at winning the race. If not, we'll work on another Top-5 and try to pad our points lead."
So far this season, Riggs and his Ultra Motorsports teammates have gelled. Positioning themselves as the NCTS point leaders has been the goal since unloading at Daytona in February. The Team ASE bunch has done just that, recording six consecutive Top-5 finishes in six Truck Series contests this season. More importantly, Riggs scored his first career NCTS victory three races ago at the Martinsville Speedway. Riggs and teammate Ted Musgrave, pilot of the No.1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram, have dominated the series collecting four wins for Ultra Motorsports in of the season's first five races.
"We are doing exactly what we talked about when I signed with Ultra Motorsports to drive this Team ASE Dodge," Riggs said. "The biggest reason I chose Ultra was because they had a veteran team and veteran crew chief. They know what it takes to win and how important consistency is. They are just as responsible, if not more, than I am for the way this truck has performed. It's a good horse, no doubt."
In the series' last stop at Darlington Raceway, Riggs continued to prove himself as the model of consistency by running third at the "Track Too Tough To Tame."
"Darlington was a great race for us," Riggs said. "We had a good truck all day and managed to snag another Top-5. That's just what we need to do at Pikes Peak, get another Top-5 and keep building our point lead." In addition to Riggs' strong run at PPIR in the Grainger.com 200 last year, Team ASE, along with former driver Mike Wallace, won the race in 1999.
"We had a great run at Pikes Peak in 1999," explained Kohuth. "We started pretty deep in the field and made our way back to the front and ended up winning the race. We've got the iron and the people to do it again. This team has performed well this season up to this point and no one is letting up. We need to stay focused and another win at Pikes Peak would keep us going in the right direction."
As important as horsepower is in any race, a good handling truck will be the key to a successful afternoon. The wide, sweeping corners at PPIR will demand a truck that will perform in the corners.
"The truck will be similar, set-up wise, to what we had at Homestead (FL) and St Louis," Riggs said. "The turns are flat and as long as the straightaways, so the corners are really fast. You need the truck to turn good, but at the same time, you don't want to be too loose because the track is so fast and so flat that the truck can get away from you pretty quick. Handling is what will win the race at Pikes Peak, not horsepower." 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 Radioworldwide.
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