Tradition in the making. Riggs set to pick up where Harvick and Biffle left off. Mooresville, NC - When Scott Riggs straps into the No. 10 NestlÃ© Nesquik Ford Taurus for the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National ...
Tradition in the making.
Riggs set to pick up where Harvick and Biffle left off.
Mooresville, NC - When Scott Riggs straps into the No. 10 Nestlé Nesquik Ford Taurus for the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division opener at Daytona International Speedway, he will attempt to continue the 'Rookie turned Champion' tradition set by Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle. His plan of action? Build on the Nesquik Racing Team's 2002 success.
In 2000, Harvick came to the Busch Series from the Craftsman Truck Series and collected Rookie of the Year honors. In 2001, Biffle followed that same path; with Harvick at the head table, Biffle accepted the rookie trophy.
The 2002 Busch Series banquet found Biffle with Championship distinction and like the 2001 and 2002 champions, Riggs claimed top rookie credits. Riggs recognizes the challenge bestowed upon him and welcomes it.
"Do you think they could have set the pole any higher?" said Riggs with a smile. "Harvick and Biffle are both fierce competitors. I hope I can live up to their legacy." With the pressure building, Riggs jokes about the demands of living up to yet another expectation.
"As if heading into last year with everyone asking if I thought I could fill [Jeff] Green's shoes wasn't bad enough," said Riggs. "I can't fill anyone else's shoes, unless they wear a size 10."
As the importance of the upcoming season cajoles him, Riggs takes on a serious tone. "I am ready to get the season underway," said Riggs. "I have given plenty of thought to what lies ahead. The Nesquik Racing Team built a strong foundation last year. The entire team is focused on the championship. We are committed to upholding the tradition."
During the months of December and January, Riggs took some time to reflect on what some critics called his 'rollercoaster like' rookie season.
"I heard someone say 'If at first you don't succeed, redefine success'," said Riggs. "I sat down and took a long hard look at my rookie season; two wins, two poles, eight top-fives and 13 top-10s. That might not be the best rookie season ever recorded, but it was my rookie season. Now, I have something to improve upon and I am looking for a championship."
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