Scott Riggs in the No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford won The Auto Club 300 at California Speedway. He scored his second career win in his ninth career start. Riggs was one of just four drivers to lead the race, holding the top spot once covering the ...
Scott Riggs in the No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford won The Auto Club 300 at California Speedway. He scored his second career win in his ninth career start. Riggs was one of just four drivers to lead the race, holding the top spot once covering the final 49 laps.
"That Robert Yates horsepower, man, it lit the wheels up hard and I had to try to peddle the gas and try to get it (the rear wheels) quit spinning. Jeff gave me a run on the outside. I knew if he didn't get by me before we got to turn one down there I thought I would be able to hold him off. I drove it in pretty hard and jumped back on the gas pretty hard to try and get my momentum going. Everybody did a great job on the Nesquik Ford. Great horsepower, great crew chief, great calls, and great teammates making me positions every time we stopped. They made three or four positions every time in the pits."
YOU WERE DOMINATING IN THE LAST THIRD OF THE RACE. WHAT CHANGES DID YOU MAKE?
"Track position was the big thing, just being out front in clean air. At first it was a little free and I was screaming about being too loose and couldn't really get back in the throttle like I needed to. At the end of the first run, it started coming to me; it started getting a little tighter and getting better. Harold (Holly, crew chief) said that's where we needed to be, that we need to be a little free at first because the track was going to get tighter. Everybody drove a great race. Everybody I raced against raced awfully hard but everybody raced me awfully clean."
WERE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THE LATE CAUTION FLAGS OR THE RED FLAG?
"I was worried about gas. Robert Yates engines make horsepower, they don't make gas mileage."
KASEY KAHNE, CHANNELLOCK FORD, FINISHED 18TH ON THE LEAD LAP. THIS IS HIS BEST FINISH IN FOUR CAREER BUSCH SERIES STARTS.
"We started the whole weekend with a good car. The Channellock Ford was a great car all weekend and that made it a lot easier to start out that way. These guys have done a lot. They've worked really hard the last few weeks since Texas. It's real nice to have that kind of an effort behind us."
DID THE WEATHER CHANGE HELP YOU TODAY?
"Early in the race the car was completely different than I was expecting. It took a little while to get used to it and then we decided to ride to the first yellow. I probably complained a little too much about it. I think we should have left it a little closer to where it was because by the end of the day we were way too tight. Other than that the car ran good all day. We got a lot of help from the 88 and 28 from the Cup side (pit crew assistance from Robert Yates' two Winston Cup teams)."
WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY?
"Drafting, running with cars at these speeds, what the air does, and what your car does when another car is either beside you, at your right rear corner, or behind you. There is so much to learn. It's nice to get a full race in and to be able to race with traffic all day and learn a lot."
CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU ARE RACING FOR POSITION?
"It's a lot better when you can race for position. You don't get beat up on as bad because your car is pretty decent, too. They can't just throw their nose in there because it's not going to happen. At Bristol I was so far off anybody could show a nose and they could take the spot. It's a lot better when you've got a car capable of running up front."
JOHNNY SAUTER, ACDELCO CHEVROLET, FINISHED 39TH. SAUTER WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND WAS CREDITED WITH COMPLETING 48 LAPS.
"I'm fine. I don't know what happened. The spotter said a car got into the back of me and turned us around and wrecked a really good racecar. We were going to be in position for a good top-10 finish today and it just wasn't meant to be."
DID THE WEATHER CHANGE FROM "HAPPY HOUR" TO THE RACE HELP YOU OR HURT YOU?
"To be honest with you, we were so far out to lunch in 'Happy Hour' that the weather could only help us. We changed every shock and spring on that thing this morning and made the car 10 times better than in was last night. I really couldn't give you an honest evaluation on the weather."