SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 2nd) "What we learned here, I just guess we told my teammate just a little too much. Jason's got a great car, and we knew that we were going to be pretty good as far as in qualifying mode. We...
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 2nd)
"What we learned here, I just guess we told my teammate just a little too much. Jason's got a great car, and we knew that we were going to be pretty good as far as in qualifying mode. We never got a chance to really have a good shakedown and a good feel for what the race car was able to run out there because there were so many cars out there in practice and everyone was sort of scrambling trying to get on the race track and get some laps in. We kept making some changes and I thought we would have a shot at the pole, and we did, and it's great for ppc to have the front row here at Bristol. My hat's off to all of those guys - Harold Holly and my teammate Jason, and also Steve Addington. Those guys are great people to work with. Like I say, Harold is definitely the mind behind my team, for sure. We've been struggling a little bit, been in sort of a slump here the last few races, the last two races that we've had, we've been on. We've been on the money and had great race cars. We just can't quite seem to get ourselves back when it comes time to get the checkered flag to put ourselves in a position to have a good, solid top-five finish; we can't seem to quite get there. The last time I was here, with 10 laps to go, I was running in the top five, and with 10 laps to go, I had a flat tire and had to finish the race on our flat tire, so that's twice that's happened this year, so maybe I'll be here this time in the fall, and maybe I'll get all the air in the tires for the whole race."
A LOT OF YOUR TEAM MEMBERS WERE THE FIRST TO MIKE HARMON'S CAR AFTER THE INCIDENT IN PRACTICE. WERE YOU A PART OF THAT? WHAT DID YOU SEE?
"Actually, I was in the car. I just looked in my rearview mirror and saw pieces and parts sliding down the straightaway and saw half of a driveshaft. I saw the guys take off. Not a lot of people know this, but me and Mike Harmon, back in '98 when in ran some All Pro races, he was actually my teammate; he ran some All Pro races with me. He's a real great guy and taught me a lot. It was definitely a miracle, what everybody saw here today, and thank goodness, and I thank the man upstairs for letting him unbuckle his belts and step out from what was left of a race car, I'd say."
YOU HAVE A TEAMMATE IN THE THICK OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE. WOULD YOU BET ON HIM GETTING PAST GREG BIFFLE BY THE END OF THE SEASON?
"Well, the one time I bet on a car, it will be on my car. I think that he has a great shot at it. In think that Greg has definitely been strong the last few races, but as we saw last week, anybody can have bad luck and have something happen. Both of those guys had engine problems last week and really took a lot of points lead away from them, so anything can happen. I think it will come down to him and Greg. Right now, we're just trying to get ourselves back in position to have a solid third finish, probably racing trying to catch Sprague right now. I think this is Jason's year, his best chance to win the championship. I think he is mentally stronger than he has ever been. I know his race team is stronger than it has ever been. Definitely his confidence level is stronger than it has ever been. Of course, I have to pull to for my teammate to win. I think it will be a good race all the way to the end, and I hope that we can be close enough to mathematically have at shot at it at the end."