DOVER,DE (June 2, 2001) - Scott Riggs continued to impress the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series community by winning the rain-delayed MBNA E-Commerce 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway. "We've been on a pretty good roll this ...
DOVER,DE (June 2, 2001) - Scott Riggs continued to impress the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series community by winning the rain-delayed MBNA E-Commerce 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway.
"We've been on a pretty good roll this season," said Riggs after backing up a win at Martinsville, VA earlier this year with the Dover triumph. "œEvery week, we seem to be getting closer and closer and the chemistry between myself and these Team ASE "Ultra Bad Boys' just keeps getting better. We always try to put ourselves in position to win races. We've been able to do that with a little luck, having the breaks go our way and the cautions falling at the right time. Today, it helped us make it to Victory Lane."
Riggs started the 200-lap event at Dover's "œMonsterMile" ffrom the pole position, beating out Rick Crawford for the top starting spot by just eight one hundredths of a second in qualifying Thursday.
After pacing the field for the first 16 circuits, the Bahama, NC driver surrendered the lead falling back to conserve his equipment. Riggs never fell out of the Top-5 despite battling a tight condition for the majority of the race. Team ASE crew chief Tim Kohuth called for several chassis adjustments throughout the race and eventually got the No. 2 Dodge in perfect working order.
The turning point in the battle came when the yellow flag waved for the eighth time allowing Riggs' Team ASE crew one final opportunity to bolt on fresh Goodyear tires and make a critical trackbar adjustment.
"œWe worked and worked on the truck all day and when that last caution came out, the guys loosened me up a little and the Team ASE Dodge was just a rocket after that," explained Riggs. "œ'nve said it before and I have to say it again, my guys deserve every pole and every win, that's how hard they work. They definitely proved that today."
Back under green, Riggs wasted little time taking the lead from Jack Sprague motoring by for good on Lap 162. From there on out, it was clear sailing for Riggs as he crossed the finish line ahead of Sprague by 0.692 seconds. Kohuth was happy with the win, even though it may have aged him a little over the course of the 200-lap test.
"œI was really concerned because the wear on the right-front tire was pretty excessive after the first pit stop," said Kohuth. "œI was scared to death we were going to blow out a right front tire, so we were forced to do a little different pit strategy then we had originally anticipated. I wanted to free that chassis up, but we had to be careful not to go too far because the truck can get away from you pretty quick here at Dover.
"œThe biggest thing that happened today was we got really lucky on the cautions and it allowed us to make the adjustments we needed," continued Kohuth. "œIdd rather be lucky than good an thatss the way it worked for us today."
Riggs earned $47,335 for the victory and a $10,000 bonus offered by series' sponsor Craftsman Tools for winning from the pole. The win also marked Riggs eighth straight Top-5 finish in as many races this season and extended his NCTS point lead to 118 markers over second-place Joe Ruttman heading into next tour stop on the high-banks of Texas Motor Speedway.
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.