BUSCH: Fontana: Scott Riggs grassroots beginnings

Grass roots, humble beginnings and determination. Scott Riggs turns his dreams of racing into reality. Mooresville, NC - If anyone had to describe Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus, determination and tenacity are ...

Grass roots, humble beginnings and determination.
Scott Riggs turns his dreams of racing into reality.

Mooresville, NC - If anyone had to describe Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus, determination and tenacity are two words that can be found high on the list of adjectives. He has raced Moto Cross, a Ford Pinto, a Dodge truck and now he enjoys competition in the NASCAR Busch Series. Despite his success, he remains grounded and thankful for the opportunities that have been presented to him.

While most 11 and 12 year olds were dreaming of the day that they would get their driver's license, Scott Riggs was paving his own path with the help and guidance of his father, Russell Riggs. At the age of 13, Riggs began his career in the AMA Moto Cross, but in 1987 Russell Riggs, Scott's father, talked the younger Riggs into racing stock cars. He felt it was a safer option for his daredevil son in the motorsports arena.

"I told Scott 'if you are going to keep getting hurt, I would rather you have a roll cage around you, " Russell said. "It was a difficult decision because he was so competitive on the motorcycle, but when he made his choice, he never looked back. He dug in and refused to give up."

In 1988, Riggs and his father along with some family friends went to pick up the first of Riggs' stock car career rides.

"We got out of the truck to take a closer look at the car, a Ford Pinto," said Riggs. "We couldn't believe what we were looking at. The car had been rolled and was in bad condition. We loaded the car on the trailer and strapped it on carefully. Then Dad told us to grab anything that looked like it had to do with racing. We grabbed everything, even the oil funnels."

After some preparation, Riggs made his debut in the NASCAR Mini-Stock Division at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC.

"My first race was at Orange County and I crashed because the front wheel came off. We took it home, put a new front end on it, and kept coming back."

Over the next 11 years, Riggs sharpened his skills by driving in a multitude of racing series including the NASCAR Mini-Stock Division (12 wins), NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division (40 wins), USARacing Hooters ProCup Series, Slim Jim All-Pro and the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division (one win). In 1999, Riggs competed in two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events. In 2000, he competed in 17 of 24 events and looked forward to 2001.

"I met Jim Smith [owner- Ultra Motorsports] in Dover in 2000," said Riggs. He asked me if I was ready to drive his truck yet. Then told me not to sign anything and stay in touch with him. I knew 2001 was starting to look really good."

In 2001, while driving the No. 2 ASE Dodge for Ultra Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series, Riggs posted five wins, 14 top-fives, 16 top-10s and five poles.

He finished fifth in the points in his first full season in the trucks, proving that he had the determination and desire to fill the seat of the Nesquik Ford Taurus for ppc Racing.

"When I met with ppc Racing, I knew that was where I needed to be," said Riggs. "The entire Nesquik Racing Team has the same focus and drive that I have. Top-fives and top-10s will not be enough. The win in Nashville has only sparked the desire for the next win. We are in the hunt for a championship, and winning is the only way to get there. It is also the only way I know how to show my appreciation."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Scott Riggs , Jim Smith