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Russell Scott Riggs (born January 1, 1971 in Bahama, North Carolina) is a NASCAR driver. Riggs is currently a free agent. He most recently drove the #36 Toyota Camry for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

Early careerEdit

Riggs began his racing career at the age of fourteen in the American Motorcycle Association, where he won the State Championship in North Carolina two years in a row. At the age of seventeen, he began racing the NASCAR mini stock division, and won twelve races over his first three seasons. He continued to race in that series over the next decade, and was a two-time champion at Southern National Speedway.

In 1999, Riggs made his major-league NASCAR debut in the Craftsman Truck Series at Indianapolis Raceway Park, driving the #84 for Long Brothers Racing. He started seventh and finished nineteenth. He also competed at Richmond International Raceway, where he finished 23rd. In 2000, he finished ninth at Martinsville Speedway for Long, when he was hired to drive the #86 RC Cola Dodge Ram for Impact Motorsports, where he had seven top-tens. Towards the end of the season, he was released from Impact, and competed in one final race at California Speedway for Brevak Racing, finishing sixteenth. The following season, he drove for Ultra Motorsports, where he picked up five wins, the first coming at Martinsville. He finished fifth in points at the end of the season.

Nationwide SeriesEdit

In 2002, Riggs moved to the Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) to drive the #10 Nestlé Nesquik Ford Taurus for ppc Racing. He won his first race at Nashville Superspeedway, then won again two weeks later at California. He finished tenth in points at the end of the season, earning him Rookie of the Year honors. The next season, he picked up two more wins including a thrilling last-lap pass for a victory at Gateway International Raceway and finished sixth in points. He also won the Most Popular Driver award.

Sprint Cup SeriesEdit

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In 2004, Riggs signed to drive the #10 Valvoline Chevrolet Monte Carlo for MB2 Motorsports. Qualifying for all but one race that season, he had a fifth-place finish at Dover International Speedway and finished 29th in points, fifth in the Rookie of the Year standings. In 2005, he won his first pole at Martinsville, and went on to have a second-place finish at Michigan International Speedway.

At the end of the year, Riggs and Valvoline left for Evernham Motorsports. In 2006, Riggs failed to make the Daytona 500 because of a mechanical error in qualifying and a lack of owner points from the previous season (from the former #91 team). The #10 team finished the 2006 season high enough in owners' points to guarantee themselves a starting spot in the first 5 races in 2007. Riggs had back-to-back top-10 finishes at Martinsville and Texas. Riggs also won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 and the NEXTEL Open exhibition race at Charlotte. He won the NEXTEL Open, leading all but one lap, and advanced to the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge where he finished tenth. In the Coca-Cola 600, Riggs led 90 laps, but a pit road violation took him out of contention and he finished 13th. His highest ranking in the 2006 NEXTEL Cup points standings has been 18th. Riggs best finish so far in the 2006 Nextel Cup season is a 4th place finish which came at the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Scott won the pole in the Bank of America 500, sweeping both poles at Charlotte.

Riggs struggled in 2007, falling out of the top-35 in owner's points, and began failing to qualify for several races. During the summer, Riggs did not renew his contract with Evernham, and on October 3, 2007 it was revealed that Riggs had signed a contract to drive Haas CNC Racing's #66 State Water Heaters Chevrolets for the 2008 season.[1] He was replaced in the #10 car for the last two races of 2007 by Patrick Carpentier.

Riggs was released from Haas CNC when that team signed Tony Stewart and became Stewart Haas Racing. Riggs joined Tommy Baldwin Racing to drive the #36 Toyota Camry in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He was later released by TBR in favor of Mike Skinner, Brian Simo, and Patrick Carpentier.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Riggs to drive for HAAS CNC Racing in 2008

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Scott Riggs
ScottRiggs
Date of Birth: January 1,1971
Birthplace: Bahama, North Carolina
Sprint Cup Series
Car #-Team #36-Tommy Baldwin Racing
2008 Pts Finish 31st
Best Pts Finish 20th (2006
Last Win: none
First Race 2004 Daytona 500
First Win none
Career Highlights
Awards: 2002 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year


Russell Scott Riggs (born January 1, 1971) is a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver of the #36 Toyota for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Early careerEdit

Riggs began his racing career at the age of fourteen in the American Motorcycle Association, where he won the State Championship in North Carolina two years in a row. At the age of seventeen, he began racing the NASCAR mini stock division, and won twelve races over his first three seasons. He continued to race in that series over the next decade, and was a two-time champion at Southern National Speedway.

In 1999, Riggs made his major-league NASCAR debut in the Craftsman Truck Series at Indianapolis Raceway Park, driving the #84 for Long Brothers Racing. He started seventh and finished nineteenth. He also competed at Richmond International Raceway, where he finished 23rd. In 2000, he finished ninth at Martinsville Speedway for Long, when he was hired to drive the #86 RC Cola Dodge Ram for Impact Motorsports, where he had seven top-tens. Towards the end of the season, he was released from Impact, and competed in one final race at California Speedway for Brevak Racing, finishing sixteenth. The following season, he drove for Ultra Motorsports, where he picked up five wins, the first coming at Martinsville. He finished fifth in points at the end of the season.

Busch SeriesEdit

In 2002, he moved to the Busch Series to drive the #10 Nestlé Nesquik Ford Taurus for ppc Racing. He won his first race at Nashville Superspeedway, then won again two weeks later at California. He finished tenth in points at the end of the season, earning him Rookie of the Year honors. The next season, he picked up two more wins including a thrilling last-lap pass for a victory at Gateway International Raceway and finished sixth in points. He also won the Most Popular Driver award.

NEXTEL Cup SeriesEdit

File:Nascar-10-car-valvoline-in-shop.jpg

In 2004, Riggs signed to drive the #10 Valvoline Chevrolet Monte Carlo for MB2 Motorsports. Qualifying for all but one race that season, he had a fifth-place finish at Dover International Speedway and finished 29th in points, fifth in the Rookie of the Year standings. In 2005, he won his first pole at Martinsville, and went on to have a second-place finish at Michigan International Speedway.

At the end of the year, Riggs and Valvoline left for Evernham. In 2006, Riggs failed to make the Daytona 500 because of a mechanical error in qualifying and a lack of owner points from the previous season (from the former #91 team). The #10 team finished the 2006 season high enough in owners' points to guarantee themselves a starting spot in the first 5 races in 2007. Riggs had back-to-back top-10 finishes at Martinsville and Texas. Riggs also won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 and the NEXTEL Open exhibition race at Charlotte. He won the NEXTEL Open, leading all but one lap, and advanced to the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge where he finished tenth. In the Coca-Cola 600, Riggs led 90 laps, but a pit road violation took him out of contention and he finished 13th. His highest ranking in the 2006 NEXTEL Cup points standings has been 18th. Riggs best finish so far in the 2006 Nextel Cup season is a 4th place finish which came at the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Scott won the pole in the Bank of America 500, sweeping both poles at Charlotte.

Riggs struggled in 2007, falling out of the top-35 in owner's points, and began failing to qualify for several races. During the summer, Riggs did not renew his contract with Evernham, and on October 3, 2007 it was revealed that Riggs had signed a contract to drive one of Haas CNC Racing's Chevrolets for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.[1] He was replaced in the #10 car for the last two races of 2007 by Patrick Carpentier.

TeamsEdit

Cup Series

Year(s) Car # Sponsor Make Team/Owner
2011-present 23 North Texas Pipe Toyota R3 Motorsports
2010 90 TBA Chevrolet Keyed Up Motorsports
2009 36 Red Bank Outfitters Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing
2008 66 Haas Automation Chevrolet Haas CNC Racing
2004-2007 10 Valvoline Chevrolet (2004-2005)
Dodge (2005-2007)
MB2 Motorsports

ReferencesEdit

  1. Riggs to drive for HAAS CNC Racing in 2008

External linksEdit

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