Scott Riggs in the no. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the RaybestosÂ® Rookie of the race at Bristol. "I made a rookie mistake out there. We had a flat tire there when we were running right there with the leaders. We had to come in under green and...
Scott Riggs in the no. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the Raybestos® Rookie of the race at Bristol.
"I made a rookie mistake out there. We had a flat tire there when we were running right there with the leaders. We had to come in under green and get a tire. I came in on the backstretch. When you are pitting on the frontstretch you are not supposed to come in on the backstretch under cautions. I didn't think. I came in over there. We were going to lose a couple of laps anyway but we lost another couple of laps because of that. That was my mistake and I hate it. These guys work awful hard and they give me great race cars. They're doing everything right. We just need to have a little luck and somehow learn to keep some air in these Goodyears. Goodyear has a great tire. Lady luck is out there throwing needles under our tires and we're getting holes in them. We're going to come back next week and hopefully have better luck."
THIS IS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST AND MOST PHYSICAL RACES OF THE SEASON. HOW DID YOU HOLD UP?
"When I finally started feeling the heat and getting a little tired is when I relaxed and I actually think I drove better and had more consistent laps. After I relaxed, I could go another 100 laps. I feel fine. I just hate the luck."
DID YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT PIT STRATEGY WORKED OUT BEFORE THE RACE BECAUSE TRACK POSITION IS SO CRITICAL HERE AT BRISTOL?
"We knew that everybody was going to pit after 65 laps or so. We needed to pit and we knew that was going to be the only time to pit. That's pretty much the way it played out. We had that caution on lap 45, or somewhere around there, and the next caution we were going to come in and that's what everybody did. I hate that we got that flat."
KERRY EARNHARDT, NO. 12 JANI-KING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 31ST. HE DROPPED OUT WITH OIL PUMP PROBLEMS.
"We were tight in the center all night. We were going along there trying to finish and then the engine blew. I don't know why."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 40 EMP/U.S. ARMY/FOOD CITY DODGE, FINISHED 38TH. HE WAS SIDELINED BY AN ACCIDENT.
"It's Bristol I guess you could say. They all piled up in front of us. We got pushed from behind and got stacked into it. Something got put into the radiator and that's what knocked us out. I really hate it for EMP and Food City. It was a rough night. We had some stuff break on us in qualifying. We had to start last but the car was awesome in the race. It was just like it was here testing and in practice."