MADISON,IL (April 27, 2001) - Coming off his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win in the most recent stop on the tour at Martinsville, VA, Scott Riggs is focused on staying consistent heading into the Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi at Gateway ...
MADISON,IL (April 27, 2001) - Coming off his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win in the most recent stop on the tour at Martinsville, VA, Scott Riggs is focused on staying consistent heading into the Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi at Gateway International Raceway.
"It was really important for us to get that first win out of the way for Team ASE and CARQUEST," said Riggs, who also enters the St. Louis event as the NCTS point leader. "Now we can all feel confident and be a little more relaxed. We don't have to worry about getting that first win anymore. We can focus on staying consistent and getting more Top-5s. That's what we are shooting for in St.Louis, another solid Top-5 finish."
At Martinsville, Riggs qualified his No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge onthe outside pole, just three one hundredths of a second slower than pole sitter Joe Ruttman. Riggs kept his truck in the Top-5 until the yellow flag waved on lap 86. A routine pit stop followed only to have things turn sour when Riggs and Terry Cook collided as they exited pit road. Fortunately for Riggs, another caution just a few laps later allowed the second year Truck Series pilot a chance to head for the pits to fix the damage on his red, white and blue Dodge Ram pickup.
"We had to come in three times on that caution and the 'Ultra Bad Boys' fixed our front end damage," explained Riggs. "They also made some adjustments to free up the truck, put on left-side tires and still managed to keep me on the lead lap. It's amazing how good they are."
Despite the quick work by his Team ASE mates, Riggs dropped back to 17th in the running order. From there, the Bahama, NC driver put on a clinic roaring back through the field to win his first-ever NCTS race.
Over the course of the first four races of the 2001 season, Riggs hasbeen the model of consistency. Starting and finishing in the Top-5 of every event since the green flag dropped at Daytona in February has made Riggs oneof the favorites to win week in and week out.
"We need to keep doing what we've been doing," Riggs said. "If I can keep qualifying and finishing in the Top-5, that will keep this Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge on top of the points."
Although Riggs has yet to see Gateway from behind the wheel of his Team ASE/ CARQUEST Dodge, the young charger knows he has the team and the equipment to run at the front of the pack when the green flag drops on this year's Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi.
"I've never raced a truck at St. Louis, but I did get chance to see the racetrack when I went to road racing school at Gateway," Riggs said. "I drove a Skip Barber open-wheel car there, so at least I'm not going into a totally unfamiliar situation. Most of what I learned won't apply, but some of it will. I have a good idea what it takes to get through (turns) three and four, so that should help some.
"I had never been to Bakersfield (CA) either but I managed to finish fifth there, so hopefully we can come away from St. Louis with that kind of finish again," Riggs continued. "It would be even better if we could put ourselves in position to win and based on the way this Ultra Motorsports team has been performing, I like our chances."
Riggs and his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge will take the green flag at Gateway International Raceway in the Ram Tough 200 Sunday, May 6 at 4 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time. The 160-lap event on the 1.25-mile Gateway oval will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.