BUSCH: Darlington: Scott Riggs preview

Familiar Place, New Face No. 10 Nesquik Ford Taurus Ready for Familiar Territory with Rookie Sensation, Scott Riggs Mooresville, NC -- The Nesquik Racing Team and crew chief Harold Holly are no strangers to Darlington Raceway's victory lane and...

Familiar Place, New Face
No. 10 Nesquik Ford Taurus Ready for Familiar Territory with Rookie Sensation, Scott Riggs

Mooresville, NC -- The Nesquik Racing Team and crew chief Harold Holly are no strangers to Darlington Raceway's victory lane and this year they hope to revisit it with their new driver of the No. 10 Nesquik Ford Taurus, Scott Riggs.

Riggs gained experience at the 'Track Too Tough to Tame' last year when he drove his Craftsman Truck Series ride to a third-place finish on May 12, 2001 behind Winston Cup veterans Bobby Hamilton and Ken Schrader. He also had the opportunity to get seat time when ppc Racing took both the No. 10 Nesquik Ford Taurus and the No. 57 Albertson's Ford Taurus to Darlington to test in late January. Riggs not only had the benefit of getting the feel of the track from behind the wheel of his Busch Series car, but also it gave him the opportunity to discuss the feel with his veteran teammate, Jason Keller.

"Darlington is a driver's track, " said Riggs. "When you drive there, you have to race the track, not the other cars. If you race the other cars, the track will eat your tires up. When we tested, Jason (Keller) was able to offer me some sound advice. Having a teammate like Jason has been great. Stepping into a new ride with a new team and a new sponsor made me a little nervous, but Jason has been there to offer advice whenever I have needed it. So far this year, he has told me to be patient and use my head several times. "

Holly is confident in the team and Riggs heading into Darlington.

"We have strong notes from running in Darlington," said Holly. "The key to winning at Darlington is a driver who understands tire management. The tires will speak for themselves. It's a driver that can race the track and keep himself out of trouble that ends up in victory lane, and I think Scott is just the driver to do that."

Darlington Raceway is a track that every driver wants to conquer; it is also a track that lets you know when you have the wrong set-up.

"When you need to make changes to the car, your tires will let you know quickly," said Riggs. "When you make the changes, you can tell just as quickly if you went in the right direction. With Harold's notes and the Nesquik Racing Team behind me, we are going to be a top contender. These guys are used to it, and they deserve it."

Riggs, Holly and the rest of the Nesquik Racing Team are ready for their first Busch Series win together. So far in the 2002 season, they have one top-10, one top-five and they had the only car strong enough to pass the winner of the Sam's Town 300, Jeff Burton, before a problem with the alternator caused Riggs to take the No. 10 Nesquik Ford Taurus behind the wall for repairs. The battery was replaced and the car returned to the track for a 34th-place finish.

"The alternator was not working properly and it drained the battery," said Riggs. That was something out of our control," said Riggs. "At least the other teams know we are coming on strong, and we are here to win."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Bobby Hamilton , Ken Schrader , Scott Riggs