FT WORTH, TX (June 1, 2001) -- Night racing has always held a special place for Scott Riggs, but turning laps at 170 miles per hour on the ultra-fast Texas Motor Speedway oval is a real rush for the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge. ...
FT WORTH, TX (June 1, 2001) -- Night racing has always held a special place for Scott Riggs, but turning laps at 170 miles per hour on the ultra-fast Texas Motor Speedway oval is a real rush for the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge.
"I really enjoy racing under the lights at Texas," said Riggs. "It's a fast racetrack. At the speeds we're running, the track lights almost have a strobe effect. It's pretty wild. I grew up racing Friday and Saturday night Late Model Stock Cars back in North Carolina, but that's nothing like what we'll experience under the lights at Texas.
"The high speeds won't be the only thing Riggs, the current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader, will have to battle. A recent change in the aerodynamic rules effecting the Dodge trucks will have Riggs' Ultra Motorsports team searching for answers during practice and qualifying prior to the running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400.
"With the current rules package, I think we're going to be battling the front end of the truck," Riggs stated. "We're already fighting at all the other tracks we've been to, but I think Texas is going to be the place that the changes are going to show the most. I'm looking forward to going there, but I wish we had the balance back on our truck."
As a factory backed Dodge team, both Ultra Motorsports NCTS teams have utilized the full compliment of Dodge research and development resources. Along with an extensive testing schedule, the partnership has paid dividends for everybody involved as Riggs and teammateTed Musgrave have garnered five wins in just eight events this season, including winning the race from the pole position at last weeks MBNA E-Commerce 200 at Dover.
In last year's June Texas NCTS event, Riggs started eighth in the No. 86 IMPACT Motorsports Dodge and finished 10th. Meanwhile, former Team ASE pilot Mike Wallace qualified 11th and finished second.
When asked about what he needed to do to improve on his finish in last year's race, Riggs simply stated, "show up in the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge. I have no doubt that we can equal or improve on the team's results from last year's race at Texas.That's what we've been testing for, so we can be a contender every week and if we can't win the race we want to finish in the Top-5."
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at Texas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time. The ninth race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be broadcast live on MRN Radio worldwide and telecast on a next-day, tape-delay basis on ESPN2 at Noon Eastern Time.