BUSCH: Charlotte: Ford - Riggs press conference

SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd) ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THIRD TODAY? "I'm satisfied with it right now. It was a good points day for us. We were consistent and stayed close to the top five all day. I was happy with the...

SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd)

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THIRD TODAY?

"I'm satisfied with it right now. It was a good points day for us. We were consistent and stayed close to the top five all day. I was happy with the car after qualifying and then once I left you guys and went out there and got in my car for Happy Hour I was pretty disgusted with it. We were still struggling with the front end. No matter what changes we made, nothing really worked. We had to really do some different things. We thought about it hard last night and we had to do some things today that were out of the ordinary as far as adjustments on the car to really make these new tires work here. I don't know if we would have had some Winston Cup help we might have caught on to it a little sooner, but we kept working on the car all day. Every time that I came into the pits, they guys made up positions in the pits and I couldn't be more proud of the guys. All of the guys on the Nesquik Ford keep their chins up and they never give up and we'll go away from this race third and we'll go next weekend and keep trying to plug away those top fives."

WHAT DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR RECENT STRING OF TOP-FIVE FINISHES?

"The new crew chief, Doug Randolph, brings an entirely different mental aspect to the game. He really put a good leadership role model in front of the guys. He really knows how to make the guys work the hardest that they've ever worked before. They're very focused and they're all striving to be better and they continue to work closer and closer together as a team. The closer that they pull together as a unit, the more focused that they become. It just keeps getting better and better, and it's fun to have such great chemistry with myself and Doug Randolph and all of the team. It makes it fun on race day when you can have good race cars every week."

TALK ABOUT KYLE BUSCH TODAY.

"I had a chance to race with his brother, of course, in the trucks series for an entire year. I saw a lot of Kurt. He drives really hard and gives a lot of respect to other drivers. The little bit that I had to race with Kyle in the truck series a few races before they made the rule change, he showed the same kind of qualities - very respectful, hard driver, hard-charger. I think that as long as he keeps his head the way he has it and keeps his focus in place, he will be a great race car driver and move up through the ranks pretty quickly. He has a great opportunity and he has a great role model in his brother to learn from. He had a great car, but when he took two tires and we took four, I thought that we would be able to mow him down pretty quick. We struggled so bad with the lapped cars that thought they were racing on the lead lap. I'm not going to even comment much on that. It was just frustrating. You lose so much track position and track distance to Kyle and then really try to mow him down and I saw him get sideways a couple of times and really start to get close to him. I might have been able to get to him, but I don't know if I could have gotten around him, but I think I could have got to him until the caution came out. Not taking anything away from those guys, they did a great job, just like my guys. I takes not just being lucky but you have to be good at this level to be competitive and finish in the top five."

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