CLERMONT, IN (July 27, 2001) - Scott Riggs and the Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" are ready to return to short-track action as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rolls into Indianapolis Raceway Park for the Power Stroke 200, Friday, August 3. "I'm ...
CLERMONT, IN (July 27, 2001) - Scott Riggs and the Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" are ready to return to short-track action as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rolls into Indianapolis Raceway Park for the Power Stroke 200, Friday, August 3.
"I'm really looking forward getting back to some good, old-fashioned short- track racing," said Riggs. "IRP is a lot like the tracks I grew up racing on in North Carolina and all over the southeast. It's a little bigger than a half-mile, but IRP is flat, so the fans will see a lot of great side-by-side racing. That's right up my alley. We've been pretty successful on the short tracks this season, so we're all looking forward to it."
As a charter member of the NCTS Tour, IRP has hosted the annual series' summer classic since 1995. In six IRP events, five different Truck Series drivers have made their way to Victory Lane with only Mike Skinnner able to repeat. Riggs, who made his first-ever NCTS start in the 1999 Power Stroke 200 at IRP, thinks he's got a great shot at winning this year's race.
"I like our chances," explained Riggs. "There have been a lot of different winners at IRP and Joe Ruttman won from the pole in a Dodge last year. Based on the way we've been performing, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be a threat for the pole and to win the race. Track position is going to be huge, so we need to make sure we start the Team ASE Dodge up front and keep it there."
Riggs has seen his share of action at the front of field this season as the Bahama, NC short track ace has qualified in the Top-5 in all but two of the 14 events contested. Riggs has used the top qualifying runs as a springboard to 10 Top-5s, including three trips to Victory Lane, in just his first full season on the tour.
"We're doing our best to be there at the end of the season and fight for this championship," said Riggs, who leads the championship chase by eight points over Ruttman. "We've been focusing on finishing in the Top-5. That's what it's going to take to be the head table at the banquet when the season is over, good, solid Top-5s."
Last year, Riggs started 23rd and finished 15th in the No. 86 IMPACT Motorsports Dodge at IRP. Meanwhile, Team ASE, with Mike Wallace behind the wheel, finished fourth. This year, Riggs is looking for another trophy run at the .686-mile Clermont, IN oval. "Hopefully, we can get a win at IRP," said Riggs. "If not, we need to get another Top-5. We've been pretty consistent for most of the season. We've had problems at three races and as far as everyone on this team is concerned, that's three races too many. I really enjoy racing at IRP and hopefully, we can translate that into another win for Team ASE and Ultra Motorsports."
The Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park will take the green flag Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 15th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.