TAKE TWO: RIGGS BACK IN SMITH & WESSON CHEVROLET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT'S CARQUEST AUTO PARTS 300 CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2005) -- Scott Riggs and the ...
TAKE TWO: RIGGS BACK IN SMITH & WESSON CHEVROLET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT'S CARQUEST AUTO PARTS 300
CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2005) -- Scott Riggs and the #30 Smith & Wesson Chevrolet of SKI Motorsports hope to take a giant step forward in just their second NASCAR Busch Series race together at Saturday night's Carquest Auto Parts 300 on the Lowe's Motor Speedway 1.5-mile tri-oval.
Riggs, the regular driver of the #10 Valvoline Nextel Cup Series Chevrolet who finished fourth at the season-opening Daytona 500, debuted the Smith & Wesson entry March 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in its first of eight scheduled Busch series races this year. Two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., took over the driving duties the following weekend at Atlanta. After two days of testing here at Lowe's May 9-10, Riggs and the SKI Motorsports crew left feeling confident about the prospects of a top qualifying and race effort this weekend.
"For a brand new program -- just 16 weeks in the making -- to come out looking good and running as strong as it did in its first two outings, it was just a phenomenal effort," said Riggs, who qualified 30th and finished 21st at Las Vegas. "It's safe to say that was just the tip of the iceberg for us. (Crew chief) Jeff Spraker and the team have been hard at work preparing for this next round of races, and judging by the results we had in testing here two weeks ago, I think we are capable of really surprising some people this weekend. You never really know until you get to the track on race weekend, but I've got every reason to feel optimistic."
Bolstered by Hornaday's solid qualifying run of 25th in the Smith & Wesson car at Atlanta on March 19, undaunted by the accident that ended the veteran driver's day in the opening lap of the race, Spraker and his team have been anxiously awaiting their return to the track this weekend, but they certainly haven't been sitting still.
"We've definitely been hard at it since Atlanta, and all the hard work put in by everybody involved with this program definitely showed when we tested two weeks ago," Spraker said. "Being a part-time team, though, there's no margin for error once we come back for the race. So you can bet nobody is going to let their guard down. We'll just keep digging and the race results will take care of themselves."
#30 SMITH & WESSON/SKI MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET RACE NOTES
This weekend's Carquest Auto Parts 300 is the third of eight races this season scheduled for the #30 Smith & Wesson/SKI Motorsports Chevrolet. Nextel Cup regular Scott Riggs debuted the car March 12 at Las Vegas, qualifying 30th and finishing 21st. Two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., took over the following weekend (March 19) at Atlanta, qualifying 25th before retiring early after an opening-lap accident. Also in 2005: Daytona (July 1), Bristol (Aug. 26), Fontana (Sept. 3), Texas (Nov. 5), Phoenix (Nov. 12).
Saturday night's race is Riggs' fifth NASCAR Busch Series appearance on the Lowe's Motor Speedway 1.5-mile tri-oval. He finished third in the 2003 and 2004 spring races here in the Nestle NesQuik Chevrolet. He also qualified fourth here in last fall's Nextel Cup event.
In an effort to promote its safety initiatives among the NASCAR racing community, Smith & Wesson will be giving away free gun safety locks beginning this weekend at the Smith & Wesson Trackside Trailer.