HOMESTEAD, FL (March, 3 2001) - In just his second race in the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram, Scott Riggs snared his first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole taking the top spot for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at Homestead-Miami...
HOMESTEAD, FL (March, 3 2001) - In just his second race in the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram, Scott Riggs snared his first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole taking the top spot for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"I can't say enough about this Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge and my guys," said Riggs. "When we came back from Daytona this truck didn't have a bolt in it. Tim Kohuth and all the guys built this truck from the ground up in less than two weeks. When we came to the shop Monday after Daytona the paint was still wet. Obviously, it's no secret these guys know how to build a fast truck."
After coming away from Daytona with a third place finish in his first start at the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway, Riggs wasted no time in proving that his stellar performance was no fluke. Riggs, who paced the field in morning practice, had no doubt he had a shot at the pole.
"We were considerably faster than anyone in practice, but just squeaked by for the pole," Riggs explained. "We were the first truck to qualify and then I had to wait it out. I tried not to follow the action too closely, I wanted to concentrate on what we had to do to get ready for the race."
Although Riggs knew he had a fast truck, several other teams were in contention to bring the field to the green flag on Sunday. Jack Sprague, Ricky Hendrick and teammate Ted Musgrave all had fast trucks and after getting edged out for the pole at Daytona at the end of the session, Riggs could finally breath a sigh of relief at Homestead.
"I was a little worried about the No. 17 (Hendrick) and the 24 (Sprague) and Ted ran a really good lap so I was pretty happy to come away at the top of the chart and get my first pole here for Team ASE and CARQUEST," Riggs said. "I have the best sponsor in the business. The Team ASE CARQUEST Dodge is a great truck and my sponsors are eager to win. Winning the pole is great, but tomorrow is what we are here for. I want to win," stated Riggs.
In five races at Homestead, Team ASE has started inside the top-ten in every event and won in 1999 with former driver Mike Wallace. The Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will take the green flag Sunday, March 4, at noon Eastern Standard Time. The second 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.
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.
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