SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 1st) "We had a good car in practice, and I think we were about sixth in practice with our race setup and I knew that when we made some changes and put our qualifying setup under the car that...
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 1st)
"We had a good car in practice, and I think we were about sixth in practice with our race setup and I knew that when we made some changes and put our qualifying setup under the car that we were going to be pretty good. Sure enough, it put us to the top of the board and we were able to duplicate the same thing on the race track. I think that everyone slowed down about a tenth of a second. I think that the track got a little greasy because the Cup cars got on the race track and put down a lot more rubber down than before. Like I said, I'm just glad to be able to start up front here at Bristol because things happen pretty quick. I think the front row is the place to be, especially when things start happening pretty quick, and people start getting on top of each other. I just want to see Victory Lane first, or at least to get to the checkered flag so we be at Victory Lane."
YOU RACED HERE IN THE ALL-PRO SERIES. "We came here in '98 with an All-Pro car and, I think, qualified 26th and made our way up to 11th before we had a transmission break on us. I haven't had a lot of laps here, but I was able to come here a couple of weeks ago. We had, like, three hours of testing. It was the only thing that we were able to get in, to squeeze in between all the rain in two days. To come here and get those three hours in was pretty important to us because the changes that we made, everything seemed to affect the car the way we expected and we were able to get faster and faster with every single change. I think it helped us to be able to come back here and duplicate that today."
WHAT PREPARATIONS DID YOU HAVE TO DO TO THE CAR WITH THE WEATHER CONDITIONS TODAY? "As far as preparations to the race car, to make sure you have antifreeze in it and make sure it doesn't freeze; that's the biggest thing. Being here at Bristol and being on a concrete surface, usually the outside temperature doesn't change the track surface a whole lot. It was a little cold when we came here two weeks and tested, and it was definitely colder here this morning than when we tested and the balance on the race car still feels pretty good and I don't think I'd change a whole lot."
YOU RACE WELL WHEN YOU DON'T QUALIFY WELL, AND DON'T RACE WELL WHEN YOU QUALIFY WELL. DO YOU THAT TREND WILL CHANGE THIS WEEKEND? "As far as starting up front, I think it's pretty critical here and a place like Darlington. I think they are both places where the racing groove is so narrow and you're running so fast that things can happen pretty quick and the place to start, the closer you start to the front, the better your chances are of not getting involved in any kind of wreck. We're definitely glad that we were able to qualify close to the front, and of course, the pole is the best place to be. As far as not being able to put up finishes together with our qualifying efforts, I think sometimes we work on our race setups for so long, we sorta miss our qualifying run. If we don't qualify well, we come on strong during the race, and then other times like Darlington last week, we qualified fairly well, we qualified fourth, and we weren't able to keep the car good and neutral the whole race and lost a lot of track position and fell back in the field. I banged the car off the wall about six times in the race, so things like that really hurt us and I feel like we didn't have a good handle on our race car for long runs. Luckily here, at a place like Bristol, if you have a good car and good balance on the race car for a long run and you're able to make little, small adjustments and pretty much qualify what our race setup was. I feel pretty good about our race setup here and hopefully we can finally put everything together and get us a victory."