SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 4th) Highest finishing rookie. WHAT DID YOU DO TO THE CAR BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TODAY? "If I told you what they changed, it was so specific that it's amazing that they could go off of the data...
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 4th) Highest finishing rookie.
WHAT DID YOU DO TO THE CAR BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TODAY? "If I told you what they changed, it was so specific that it's amazing that they could go off of the data that they had and what I was saying to pinpoint what was wrong with the car. They made that change yesterday, and we knew we had to be patient because of where we qualified, and we just tried to work our way up. The car got sort of tight there on that long run, and the 24 and the 87 got away from me a little bit before that last track time came in, we didn't even talk about rain. We kept seeing the rain come and go and come and go and we thought that we would at least get some more laps under our belt and we didn't get a chance to. We made a pretty big adjustment to free it up and I think that really would have put us, if, ands and buts and those kinds of things, I really thought that we would have a real top shot at getting us a victory. My hat's off to Brewco and Jeff Purvis and all of those guys. They've had a pretty rough season so far this year, and a lot of respect goes out to Jeff Purvis. I never had chance to race with him at all until Daytona this year and he was one of the guys that came up to me and told me that he would work with me if as long as I was patient and didn't as like a rookie. I tired to do that and I think I earned a little respect from him, so I have respect for him also."
WERE YOU ABLE TO USE YOUR TRUCK EXPERIENCE HERE TO HELP YOU? "Texas is Texas, for sure, but I think that the pavement in December when you repaved it, the pavement is so smooth, I think it seems to be a lot finer consistency compound, and it seemed like it really hard to work in a groove. As soon as the race started and everyone started pushing up and getting in the high groove, it really came in and it's an awesome race track, as usual. I know that when we've come here before there were a few spots in 1 and 2, and 3 and 4 that were a little rough, but I'll tell you, they're silky smooth now."
DID YOU THINK ABOUT STAYING OUT UNDER THE LAST CAUTION? "We did not. We thought that the rain would come and go, and it sprinkled a little bit and it stopped. I think if we were leading, we would have had some hard decisions to make, but, of course, I would have to let Harold make all of those hard decisions. We were sitting back there in third and knew that we had one more shot to make a good adjustment that maybe we could pull off a couple of more positions and maybe get to the front. We were looking to win the race and not really even thinking about the rain. We knew that somebody was going to do that and it just paid off for them, and like I said, my hat's off to Brewco and Jeff Purvis for that."
WAS THERE A SECOND GROOVE? "After passing the lapped cars, there were some lapped that were way off the pace, and I think after a couple of getting around them, I don't think the high groove is the place to be and I don't think the second groove is the place to run fast, but it felt real safe up there. In practice when you got up there, you could tell the car would start shoving the nose or sliding around pretty hard and lose the grip. But after the race got going, it seemed like the second groove did come in and you could feel pretty confident about getting out there and not feeling that you were in no man's land."
WILL THE RAIN CHANGE EVERYTHING TOMORROW? "I don't think so because the rain that we had today, the track was in good shape as soon as we started the race. When we came here and tested about a month ago, we only had just one groove slowly worked in, and I know that it's rained in the last month. It's like the track is slowly becoming better and better, and you're slowly working that groove up. I think that it's not so much the rubber that's actually getting down and making it a good groove, I think that we're just working the rubber into the pavement and the pavement is really starting to come around. I think that after a couple more races, or the Winston Cup race tomorrow, it's going to be an awesome place to come and you will see some side-by-side racing, hard racing."