Scott Riggs / Team ASE Daytona preview

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 9, 2001) - Sitting in the seat of the truck that won the inaugural Florida Dodge Dealers 250, Scott Riggs knows there will be pressure to perform when the green flag drops in this year's season-opening NASCAR Craftsman...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 9, 2001) - Sitting in the seat of the truck that won the inaugural Florida Dodge Dealers 250, Scott Riggs knows there will be pressure to perform when the green flag drops in this year's season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. "The team won at Daytona last year and they want to win again this year," said Riggs, who will pilot the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge this season. "We've got a lot of good guys and they've done a lot of preparation for Daytona. I think our team has a really good shot at running well and we also have a lot of quality people who can teach and aim me in the right direction." After spending the majority of the 2000 NCTS season driving the No. 86 RC Cola Dodge for Impact Motorsports, Riggs moves into the Team ASE ride. Last year, Mike Wallace drove the Ultra Motorsports entry to two victories and a fourth-place finish in the season standings. A fixture in the NCTS ranks since the inception of the series in 1995, the Team ASE/Ultra Motorsports entry is one of the best trucks on the circuit, something Riggs is well aware of. "It's a great opportunity for me to be able to step into such a good situation," said Riggs. "Every individual on the team has been there for at least the last two seasons and, believe me, they've had the chance to go elsewhere. It says a lot about this group of guys, being that dedicated to one another. That's going to show on the racetrack and in the pits. I couldn't have asked for a better program. I believe we have the best team and the best sponsor in the series. The only difference on this team this season from last is the driver and Ultra Motorsports has made the switch to Dodge." In addition to driving for the defending champions of the Florida Dodge Dealers 250, Riggs will team with Winston Cup veteran Ted Musgrave in the No. 1 Team Mopar Dodge. That should help Riggs, who has just 17 career NCTS starts heading into this season. "Ted has always had teammates, so someone like Ted can not only come in and help me out in many different ways, but he knows how to utilize me to help both teams run well," stated Riggs. "Someone who is really down to earth like Ted, very knowledgeable, very easy to talk too, just makes my situation better. Ted knows how to use a teammate and make both teams run as good as possible and that's the key. I'm really looking forward to it." 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. The season opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at Daytona International Speedway will take the green flag on Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The first of 24 NCTS events this season will be telecast live by ESPN and will be broadcast live on MRN radio and its more than 400 affiliates nationwide.

- Matt Klug

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Ted Musgrave , Scott Riggs