SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) "I had a good car. We knew we had a pretty good car after Happy Hour yesterday; we felt good about it. But, at the same time, I was pretty upset in the car all day wanting to free it up...
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"I had a good car. We knew we had a pretty good car after Happy Hour yesterday; we felt good about it. But, at the same time, I was pretty upset in the car all day wanting to free it up some. The track really tightened up like I knew it would, but we could never catch it. We tried and tried to make adjustments and really make huge adjustments to try to gain on the race track, and we just could never get the car freed up enough to really be a contender on long runs. We kept slipping back there after that first pit stop. On that second run we made, we kept falling back and couldn't do anything. We pitted under green - we were sixth - and we decided to come in and get some more tires and have some fresh tires to try to get back to the front. We were able to make a pretty good run. On cold tires we were pretty good. We picked off a couple of cars on restarts because we were able to really drive down the corner pretty hard and still make the car stick. I tried to do that with Joe and try to run after him pretty hard, but it heated up the right-front tire. As soon as it would get some heat in it, like a lap and a half, it would just start tightening up and getting worse and worse and worse. We couldn't quite have enough to make a shot at him."
TALK ABOUT HOW TODAY'S PERFORMANCE FITS IN WITH THE REST OF YOUR SEASON.
"We're just doing what we wanted to do and that's just be consistent and be competitive every week. We want to come into the race and be in the top five in qualifying and we want to leave the race finishing somewhere in the top five after the race is over. If you keep on finishing in the top five, one of these times you'll be the first one in the top five and get a win under your belt. We've got one win this year, but we just want to be consistent and we're sure the other wins will come. I'm just happy with everybody. Everybody is really working well together. Right now me and my crew chief, Doug Randolph, is doing a great job with the guys. Everybody is really focused, everybody is happy, everybody is having fun and we're running well. It builds that momentum and builds that confidence in each other and the entire team."
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT HAS CHANGED RECENTLY?
"I don't think so. The first of the year, we had a little bad luck for beginners. The first three races of the year we didn't finish on the lead lap just because of different circumstances taking us out. I think we've been fine-tuning our communication skills between myself and my crew chief. I think we've slowly but surely have been sharpening those skills and sharpening that communication and bridging that gap. It just goes to show how good the team is working together. I'm having great pit stops. The guys are giving me better pit stops than they every have before. We're unloading off of the trailer with better cars and we're able to make adjustments with the crew chief and understanding what I am saying and how severe I scream, he understands and makes good adjustments for me."
YOU'RE GOING TO ANOTHER CONCRETE TRACK NEXT WEEK.
"Actually at the beginning of last season everyone started talking about how well I did on concrete and we came back to Nashville, a place I won at, and we couldn't find ourselves with both hands. And then we came here and struggled terribly. I think every race track gives you different circumstances and struggles, and you have different obstacles you have to overcome each and every week. Every race track is different and every one gives you a different feel and a different problem to fight. I don't think it's concrete or asphalt. As far as that goes, if they want to do it in the mud or the grass, that's fine with me just as long as we're competitive."