RIGGS PUTS SMITH & WESSON BUSCH SERIES CHEVROLET ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE 15TH ROW FOR SAM'S TOWN 300 LAS VEGAS (Friday, March 11, 2004) -- NASCAR Nextel Cup regular Scott Riggs put the ...
RIGGS PUTS SMITH & WESSON BUSCH SERIES CHEVROLET ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE 15TH ROW FOR SAM'S TOWN 300
LAS VEGAS (Friday, March 11, 2004) -- NASCAR Nextel Cup regular Scott Riggs put the #30 Smith & Wesson Chevrolet of SKI Motorsports firmly in the show for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, laying down a fast qualifying lap this afternoon of 166.082 mph (32.514 seconds) around the mile-and-a-half tri-oval.
That performance, in the Smith & Wesson racing machine's competitive debut, earned a starting grid spot on the outside of the 15th row for tomorrow's 200-lap (300-mile) race. A total of 51 car-and-driver combinations attempted to qualify for Saturday's 43-car starting grid.
Earlier today, Riggs, the regular driver of the #10 Valvoline Nextel Cup Chevrolet, was 36th in the opening Busch series practice session with a fast lap of 163.196 mph (33.089 seconds).
Carl Edwards won the pole for Saturday's race with a fast lap of 170.951 mph (31.588 seconds). He'll be joined on the front row by Elliott Sadler, who turned a fast qualifying lap of 170.181 mph (31.731 seconds).
Race time Saturday is 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EST) with a live broadcast set for the FX cable network.
"For a racing program that didn't even exist 16 weeks ago, I'd say it was a very solid effort by everyone involved. I'd like to think we're a lot better than 30th on the starting grid, but time will take care of that. This is a very solid organization with very high goals. I think we definitely have what it takes to get the results everybody has set out for themselves. Everyone worked really, really hard to get the Smith & Wesson car into the show on its first day ever on the racetrack, and with that behind us, it's time to move on to a higher order of business on Saturday. The car is racey. We'll just work on it as the day goes by tomorrow and try to make it as strong as possible by the end of the day and see where we end up. I'm thrilled for everybody in the Smith & Wesson organization. They're a great bunch to work with."