Riggs leads the RaybestosÂ® Rookie standings in the NASCAR Busch Series by 61 points over Johnny Sauter (273-212). Riggs is fourth in Busch Series points entering Friday's food city 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Riggs ranks fourth in Busch...
Riggs leads the Raybestos® Rookie standings in the NASCAR Busch Series by 61 points over Johnny Sauter (273-212). Riggs is fourth in Busch Series points entering Friday's food city 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Riggs ranks fourth in Busch Series points entering Friday night's race at Bristol.
In 23 starts this season, Riggs has collected two wins (at California and Nashville), seven top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes. he has won two poles (bristol and at kentucky). riggs' pole at bristol was the first of his career and it came in just his fifth career busch series start.
HAROLD HOLLY, CREW CHIEF NO. 10 NESTLE NESQUIK FORD:
"I've been working for the team owner since 1992. We separated for one year, in 1998. In '97 Greg (Pollex, team owner) sold his Winston Cup team to Jack Roush and I went to work for Joe Bessey. At the end of '98, I went back to work Greg and started the 32 car. They changed companies and got some different team owners and did some different things but I ended up back with Greg again."
WHAT MAKES THIS ORGANIZATION SO SUCCESSFUL?
"We don't lose a lot of people. Most people that are here have been here since day one. We don't have a lot of turnover. Greg does a super fantastic job at that. He provides us with a real comfortable work environment. Everybody wants to come to work. If the doors aren't open, somebody is going to break the door handle off getting in there. That's the biggest factor. Greg Pollex makes our work environment so comfortable that everybody wants to go there."
WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE WORKING WITH SCOTT RIGGS, A RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE CONTENDER, THIS SEASON?
"It's been pretty good, really. He was used to driving trucks and not Busch cars. They have a longer wheelbase and the aero is a little bit different. Other than that, Scott likes to go fast and we like to go fast. We've been trying to figure out how to make it more comfortable going faster. It really hadn't been too bad at all. It's been real good."
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO HIRE RIGGS AS YOUR DRIVER?
"My whole race team is about aggression. We're aggressive. We're aggressive racers. If somebody doesn't open the door (to the shop), we're going to try to knock it down trying to get in there. That's what I saw about Scott Riggs and the team owner did. Greg Pollex (team owner) was the big one that put all that in place. Scott has the same attitude. He's aggressive. He's like a bull in a china shop. You turn him loose with something and he's wide open with everything he does no matter if it's riding motorcycles, or four-wheelers, or race cars, or whatever. It's that aggression and he's got it. When he's going 210 miles per hour with his hair on fire he's comfortable."
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN SURPRISED ABOUT THIS SEASON? IS THERE ANYTHING THAT HAS SURPRISED YOU?
"No, not really. A little bit of change in personality, the way Jeff (Green) was and the way Scott is. Scott and Jai, his wife, and their brand new baby, they've brought a new life to the race team. It's all positive. It's been great."
DID YOU DO ANYTHING TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE THAT RIGGS WAS UNDER WHEN HE CAME TO THIS TEAM?
"No, we make it 10-times worse. He's learning every week. The thing is a lot of times he knows what he needs to do for a 300-mile race but a lot of times he might not know what he needs 50 laps in or 60 laps in. But the thing is he's giving 110 percent every lap that he's on the racetrack and that's important."
DID THE EXTRA TEST DATES PUT MORE STRAIN ON THE TEAM? HAS THAT BEEN MORE OF A CHALLENGE THIS YEAR THAN YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD BE?
"We expected it and we planned for it. I don't really consider Scott Riggs a rookie. He's a veteran. He doesn't know a lot of the time what he needs in these cars but he's a veteran race car driver. We've tested more this year than we tested all year last year. We planned for it. It's made us a better race team. It's made us all come a little bit closer.
Scott has brought a lot of new things to the race team and the communication has gotten better. You kind of get spoiled when you win a championship and you kind of expect things. Scott has brought us back to the point where we want it again. He's a leader. He's a good guy."
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH DURING THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON?
"Get to third in the points. It's going to be awful hard to knock Jason Keller or Greg Biffle off the top. We'd like to get to third in the points, win a couple more races. Qualifying is really important to the 10 team; it's not to a lot of people. Sitting on the most poles is a bragging factor that we'd like to do and that's something that we are after."
HOW IMPORTANT WOULD IT BE FOR YOUR TEAM TO WIN RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE OF THE YEAR?
"It's huge. It's one of our major goals and that's what we're going to do. It's major important."