FORT WORTH, TX (June 8, 2001) - Lady Luck turned her back on Scott Riggs and Team ASE as a Lap 31 crash dashed relegated the team to a 26th-place finish in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. "You've go to take the good with the...
FORT WORTH, TX (June 8, 2001) - Lady Luck turned her back on Scott Riggs and Team ASE as a Lap 31 crash dashed relegated the team to a 26th-place finish in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
"You've go to take the good with the bad, but these guys didn't deserve this tonight," explained Riggs. "We had a truck that was better than what we finished and a team that was better than what we finished. I just hate it for all my guys and everybody at ASE."
Rain washed out qualifying for the 167 lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and the field was set according to 2001 owner points. Riggs, the division point leader, started his No. 2 Team ASE Dodge from the pole position but was in trouble from the start as he spun out on cold tires during the pace lap. The 30-year-old Bahama, NC driver recovered nicely, however, setting a torrid pace in the early going leading the field by 2.5 seconds until the first caution flag waved on Lap 21.
Riggs peeled off the 1.5-mile high-banked super speedway and headed to the attention of his Ultra Motorsports "Ultra Bad Boys" to repair the damage the front valance incurred in the spin. The team also tried to replace in spring rubber in the right rear forcing Riggs to spend an extended time on pit road. Eventually, Riggs returned to the track in 22nd position.
When the green flag waved again on Lap 28, Riggs made a charge toward the front. Unfortunately, Riggs spun out exiting Turn 2 a handful of laps later and a three-truck melee ensued with the truck of Rich Woodland collecting the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge. The impact caused significant damage to Riggs' truck sending it behind the wall for repairs. When he returned to the track, Riggs was 15 laps down and his string of finishing in all eight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events this season was over.
The 26th-place finish netted Riggs $9,515, and cut his lead in the NCTS championship chase to just 43 points ahead of second place Joe Ruttman.
"This was a tough blow for us," said Riggs. "We need to keep our heads up. These guys worked on this truck and at one point our truck was faster than the leader with no fenders on it. That just goes to show you how good of equipment Ultra Motorsports puts underneath me. We're going to go to Memphis in two weeks and redeem ourselves. The driver fell down in this deal tonight, but we'll get it back together."
Next up for Riggs and the Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys" is the Memphis 200 at Memphis (TN) Motorsports Park. The green flag waves Saturday, June 23 at the .75-mile speedway at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 10th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.