SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 9th) "It was a good weekend for us. We had a lot better car than we showed there. Somehow I always picked the wrong lane and got hung up behind slow cars and kept losing a position here and...
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 9th)
"It was a good weekend for us. We had a lot better car than we showed there. Somehow I always picked the wrong lane and got hung up behind slow cars and kept losing a position here and there. It seemed like lapped cars played a bigger role than they should have today. We were a little loose at first on the tires and then all of a sudden the tires got built up and we were way tight. We just kept on adjusting on it and coming in and adjusting on it, and had to make two stops where I think Jeff (Green) only made one. We had a lot worse finish than we did car. Right there at the end, we got to the top five and we thought we could maybe move up a position or two more, and all of sudden, it got as loose as it could be with me and fell the way back to ninth. I came to found out that we had a right-rear tire going down."
YOU'RE A ROOKIE HERE, BUT DID YOU FEEL THAT THERE WAS A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING ON WHICH GROOVE THE LAPPED TRAFFIC SHOULD PASSED? "At a place like this, it reminds me of Southern Nashville Speedway or Orange County Speedway where I used to run. The bottom is the place to be and there's no second groove. It's just tough, tight racing here. When a car is a lap down it's usually because something is wrong and the car isn't working well. If the car isn't working well, it usually means it needs more room to get around the race track, and that's just what you need to get around him. That just makes it tough and tight."
TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE. "It was just a long day at Bristol. We were a little too tight at the beginning of the race, so we sorta slipped back in the pack a little bit to third and then we came in and made our pit stops, and of course, you get shuffled in the field because only half of the field pits. We just tried to bide our time all day and be patient. We kept working on our car and made another pit stop later in the race, and actually just tried to keep our nose clean and made our way up to fifth place. I really felt that I could work my way up at least a couple of more positions and maybe come out of here with a top-three finish. Right there with 25 to 30 laps to go, we had a right-rear go flat. Then we had that long red flag at the end there and we couldn't come in and it put us back pretty far and finished ninth. It was a good experience, a good day, I guess. We know that we have a good car when we come back to Bristol and at least finished in one piece and on the lead lap. Like I said, having a tire go down and holding on to it, that was good day."
WERE YOU ABLE TO STAY OUT OF THE NUMEROUS CAUTIONS? "A lot of cautions were awfully close to me. A lot of guys out there were really aggressive and trying too hard sometimes, but most of the time when they tried too hard, they ended up being one of the cautions later down the road. I was just trying to give everybody respect and give the guys the same respect they give me and try to race everybody clean and try to keep my car in one piece, and come home in one piece and on four wheels."