BUSCH: Atlanta: Raybestos Rookie Friday report

QUALIFYING FOR THE AARON'S 312 WAS RAINED OUT AND THE STARTING LINEUP WAS DETERMINED BY CAR OWNER POINTS. LEADING RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE SCOTT RIGGS WILL START NINTH. RIGGS LEADS JOHNNY SAUTER BY 62 POINTS (282-220) IN THE RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE ...

QUALIFYING FOR THE AARON'S 312 WAS RAINED OUT AND THE STARTING LINEUP WAS DETERMINED BY CAR OWNER POINTS. LEADING RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE SCOTT RIGGS WILL START NINTH. RIGGS LEADS JOHNNY SAUTER BY 62 POINTS (282-220) IN THE RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE STANDINGS. SAUTER WILL START 17TH IN THE RACE.

SCOTT RIGGS, #10 NESTLE NESQUIK FORD:

"I guess it all depends on how good we are here when we get ready to unload and do some practicing. Starting by points is not going to be too bad for us. At least we will be pretty close to the front there in the top-10. We'll pace our self and hope that everybody uses their head on this green racetrack. We'll be all right. We had a chance to come here and test couple of weeks ago and based off my notes and based off my teammates notes in testing I think we'll have a pretty good baseline to start. I think we will have a pretty good car."

DOES THE RAINOUT WORK TO YOUR ADVANTAGE?

"I don't know. It's hard to say. I like to have a chance at qualifying and sitting on the pole. If we get out here in practice and I'm 20th quick then I'll say it worked to my advantage. I think, to be fair, I wish everybody had a shot to qualify. That's the only way to be fair, especially some guys like Lyndon Amick who are making just one or two races and don't have a chance. It's not fair, but the fairest way they can do it is to go by points."

JOHNNY SAUTER, #2 ACDELCO CHEVROLET:

DOES THE RAINOUT WORK TO YOUR ADVANTAGE?

"It doesn't matter to me. We tested here and had a really good test. It doesn't matter. I hope we get a 'Happy Hour' and at least get myself reacquainted with the place before they drop the green. You can't control what happens."

HOW DIFFERENT WAS THE TRACK CONDITIONS TODAY VERSUS WHEN YOU WERE HERE FOR THE TEST? IS IT LIKE NIGHT AND DAY?

"It really is, especially if tomorrow stays like today. We tested here and it was hot and (the track) slimy and greasy and today it's obviously cloudy and cool. Hopefully the racetrack has more grip this week. Jeff Green and I were both here testing and we were both pretty loose so hopefully the racetrack tightened up."

UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO HAVE LAPS ON THE TRACK?

"Obviously, it's huge. You look at last week at Memphis when I've been able to race at a racetrack before. You are comfortable going there. You know what you've got to do. The only way that you get good at these places is to race on them. At the end of 200 laps or whatever it is tomorrow I feel like 'Okay, I now I know how to race at Atlanta' but by then it's too late."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Green , Lyndon Amick