Riggs Rips Off Win In NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Kroger 225 At Kentucky Speedway
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader Scott Riggs extended his lead in the season race to 59 points over Joe Ruttman and 105 over Jack Sprague with a win in the "Kroger 225" in front of 41,229 fans at Kentucky Speedway.
"I have to give this win to the guys on the (Ultra Motorsports) team," Riggs, the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Racing Dodge, said. " They were the ones who made the difference all night long. The truck took a long time to come in and we didn't realize we were going to be this slow. We just had to keep digging and digging to get ourselves to the front of the race."
Riggs survived 14 lead changes among six drivers and seven cautions en route to out dueling the 36-car field to take his third career win, all earned this season, and his tenth top five finish of the season.
"We started this race today and people told me this was the closest point battle in the history (of the series). We didn't have a truck that could drive up to the front and be dominant so we definitely didn't have the fastest truck and we were fortunate enough to come out on top," he said.
Riggs and Sprague exchanged the lead on laps 140 and 141, but Riggs gained the eventual race-winning advantage just eight laps later when Sprague's No. 24 NetZero Platinum Chevrolet developed engine trouble after a caution restart. "I didn't know what happened to Sprague," Riggs said. "I was trying to stay in his tracks to keep the draft on him and stay with him and all the sudden he just slowed down dramatically." Sprague led a total of 30 laps. "Teddy (Musgrave) was giving me a run for the money. After the restart (on lap 149) we were able to finish at least. I got some fast stuff. It's (the truck) has been fast all year, but Mr. Riggs got a Christmas present today."
Travis Kvapil in the No. 60 CAT Rental Store Chevrolet and Dennis Setzer in the No. 46 Acxiom Chevrolet rounded out the top five. The average speed of the race was 113.525 mph and Riggs' winning margin was 1.368 seconds.
Riggs became the second consecutive series points leader to win at Kentucky following Greg Biffle's triumph in the event last season.
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