Riggs, Team ASE Set To Strike It Rich In Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, NV (October 8, 2001) - Rolling off his third pole position and a near win at Texas Motor Speedway, Scott Riggs and his No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram are betting on another victory as the...
Riggs, Team ASE Set To Strike It Rich In Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 8, 2001) - Rolling off his third pole position and a near win at Texas Motor Speedway, Scott Riggs and his No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram are betting on another victory as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and The Orleans 350.
"I'm gambling that we'll be the team to beat at Las Vegas," stated Riggs. "A win there would be really big. Vegas has always been one of the biggest payouts on the tour, but more importantly, there are just two races on the schedule after it. We're right in the middle of the points battle and a win at Las Vegas would go a long way in getting Ultra Motorsports its first Truck Series title."
While this will be Riggs first NCTS start on the ultra-fast 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval, the Bahama, NC native has had some laps on the track testing the No. 50 Roush Racing Ford of former series' champion Greg Biffle late last season.
"It's definitely a fast place and a super nice facility," said Riggs of the Las Vegas speedplant. "Our set-up will be similar to what we ran at Homestead (FL) at the beginning of the season. Basically, it's going to take is a lot of motor down the straight-aways and a strong spring and shock package to get good forward bite coming out of the corners. Considering I had never raced a truck at Homestead and we finished fourth there, I think we'll be pretty good when we get to Vegas."
Riggs will also have the benefit of a solid Ultra Motorsports unit that knows the rules of the game at Vegas.
"The team has been to Las Vegas before and they know what it's going to take," said Riggs. "We've been good right off the trailer all season. I don't see any reason to expect anything less at Las Vegas. We'll have a good truck when we get there. Hopefully we'll roll the dice and hit the jackpot big time in Vegas."
Last week at Texas, Riggs blistered the brand new surface in qualifying en-route to a new track record of 181.953 miles per hour. After dominating the Silverado 350 all night, the Team ASE driver suffered a cut right-front tire with only six laps remaining, relegating Riggs to a 13th-place finish.
"Texas was a heartbreaker," commented Riggs. "We were fast right off the truck, sat on the pole and dominated the race. To cut a tire with only six to go hurts pretty bad. It could have been a lot worse. We still ended up with a solid Top-15 and we're only 88 points out of the lead. I'm not giving up and neither in anyone at Ultra Motorsports. We've got a great truck for Las Vegas. I'm looking for nothing less than another win."
In addition to this week's NCTS race, Riggs will also pilot a brand-new Ultra Motorsports Dodge Intrepid with sponsorship from Ultra Wheels, ASE and CARQUEST in Saturday's NASCAR Winston West race.
"Scott's never raced at Las Vegas," said veteran Team ASE crew chief Tim Kohuth. "We just think it's a good idea for Scott to get some extra race laps under his belt to prepare for Sunday's Truck Series race. We're in the hunt for the championship and running the Winston West race is a perfect opportunity for Scott to tune-up for The Orleans 350 on Sunday. We've built a new Dodge Intrepid back at the shop and I can't think of a better place to race it than Las Vegas."
The Orleans 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Sunday, October 14 at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 22nd race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN2 and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide. Meanwhile, the 24-Hour Fitness 150 NASCAR Winston West race will go green Saturday, October 13 at 11 p.m. EDT.
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 technician certification and assessment services 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.