Scott Riggs was the RaybestosÂ® Rookie Of The Race in the O'Reilly 300. Riggs has now been the top finishing rookie in three events this season (Rockingham, Bristol And Texas). "We had a good car. I wish we would have gone back racing. We got...
Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie Of The Race in the O'Reilly 300. Riggs has now been the top finishing rookie in three events this season (Rockingham, Bristol And Texas).
"We had a good car. I wish we would have gone back racing. We got pretty tight there toward the end of the race. We kept freeing it up and my guys kept giving me awesome pit stops and made positions up on pit road. We kept marching up to the front. On that last long run we got tight and made a significant change and I think it was going to be real good. We didn't qualify where we needed to because I didn't quite get all we needed to in qualifying. We had to be patient and work out way up. I hit the wall in 'Happy Hour' and we had to straighten that out. Coming away from here with a fourth place finish we wanted to be better and we wish we had finished the race under green."
WEATHER WAS A BIG FACTOR ALL DAY. DID YOU AND YOUR TEAM TALK ABOUT IT NEAR THE END OF THE RACE?
"I think if we were leading we would have talked a lot about the weather, but we were back in 12th and we knew needed to keep marching and we needed the laps to get there. We ended up fourth and we were hoping we would be able to race. The rain would come and go and come and go and we were thinking we would be able to hang in there and finish some more laps out."
KERRY EARNHARDT, NO.12 SUPERCUTS CHEVROLET, FINISHED 23RD.
"We finished where we started. The car was fast. We finally got it all dialed in. We would lose a couple of positions on restarts because of the air and stuff. After we got single file we would start picking 'em back off. I think we fell from 14th to 28th on that last restart and we came back up to 18th before the caution. We came in and pitted and when we came out we were 23rd so that's where we finished. I wanted a good long run because our car was fast on long runs. We were running times like a top-four car on the track. We were picking them off one by one and working our way up. Unfortunately, mother nature got us today."
YOUR TEAM HAS PICKED UP SOME MOMENTUM OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF RACES.
"Those short tracks have been pretty good but these tracks here (like Texas) are similar to ones that I'm real good at and ones that I like. We're looking forward to Charlotte and Atlanta and we go to Nashville next weekend. I'm excited about that and we'll see what happens."
SHANE HMIEL, NO. 47 THOMAS PACCONI CLASSICS CHEVROLET, FINISHED 26TH.
"It was a really good run for us today. We started off a little tight and we moved up a couple of positions. My phenomenal pit crew picked us up about five or six spots the first time. We came out 14th and got back up to 11th and we were getting on with it. Our car drove excellent. We had something going down with the motor, something bad went wrong with the motor. It's something that doesn't happen very often with our motor builder so I'm sure it's something fluke. We're hopefully going to take the same car to Nashville. I like the way that it drives."