SOUTH BOSTON, VA (September 20, 2001) - Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram, won't have far to go when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series makes it maiden voyage to the South Boston Speedway and the inaugural running of the...
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (September 20, 2001) - Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram, won't have far to go when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series makes it maiden voyage to the South Boston Speedway and the inaugural running of the NetZero 250.
Riggs, who owns five wins in just his first full NCTS season, can't wait to get back to "America's Hometown Track" where he captured the 1999 South Boston Late Model Stock Car season opener - The Fan Appreciation 200.
"I'm real familiar with South Boston, that's for sure," said the 30-year-old Bahama, NC native. "I've raced there a bunch. I grew up about 40 miles from South Boston, so I know it well. When I started my racing career, I spent a lot of time racing at Orange County, Southern National and South Boston. Those are the three main tracks that were close to home and had some good competition.
"I actually won the biggest Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston in 1999, so I feel like I have a pretty solid grasp of what it takes to go fast there. I'm going to have a lot of family and friends in the grandstand for the Truck Series race at South Boston, so I'm going to do my best to bring home another win for all my fans and everyone at ASE."
Riggs, currently third in the chase for the NCTS championship crown (57 points out of first), knows survival will be the key to grabbing Dodge's first NASCAR Touring Series win at South Boston since Bobby Issac turned the trick in 1969. Considering last years' NASCAR Busch Series race at South Boston featured 13 cautions totaling 98 of the 300 laps contested, keeping all four fenders on his Team ASE Dodge will be Riggs' first order of business in the NetZero 250.
"It's going to be tough," said Riggs. "The track is so narrow that if someone gets crossed up, odds are there won't be anywhere to go. The track will be totally blocked. Patience is going to be a big part of being successful. South Boston is one of those tracks where sometimes you have to slow down to go fast. I know there's going to be a lot of cautions, so we'll just bide our time and concentrate on being there at the end. If I can qualify up front, keep all four fenders on the Team ASE Dodge and stay on the lead lap, we'll be in good position for another win."
Riggs hopes a solid stretch run will also give Ultra Motorsports its first NCTS championship. Through 19 races this season, Riggs had finished outside the Top-5 on only seven occasions and outside the Top-10 just six times. That translates to a stellar 8.1 finishing average.
"We need to finish up the season strong," commented Riggs. "We started out the year with eight straight Top-5 finishes and we need to end the season with the same degree of consistency if we're going to win this championship. I've never wanted anything this badly in my life. The whole team is totally focused on the same goal, we just need a little luck to go in our favor and a win at South Boston would be a step in the right direction."
The NetZero 250 at South Boston Speedway will take the green flag Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will be telecast live on ESPN2 and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.