The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 4, 2013

Motorsports: Hey rookie, welcome to the big leagues


"We've changed the whole race team when he started helping us last year," he said. "Before Scott got there, I was by myself during the week trying to keep up a rig, a trailer and a race car. Scott is teaching me the way he knows on how to work on a car, how to get organized and working on the set-up. Now I am able to focus more on the driving side. We are definitely learning a lot and getting better each week"

This is Riggins' first-ever appearance in the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek.

"Things got off to a rough start and we had the flip at Lincoln, but hopefully we'll get it tuned around," he said.

He is 24th in Speedweek points through Hagerstown. He is also 26th in the points at Williams Grove.

Riggins Jr. said he had heard a lot about the Pennsylvania racing scene but never saw a race here.

"It's good racing," he said. "The tracks are bigger than we have in North Carolina and so it is taking time for us to get used to it. If you get good here, you can race anywhere."

He scored a top-10 finish his first time out at Lincoln Speedway.

"I'd like to be running in the top-10 with more consistency," he said. "That's going to be tough around here. I don't feel like it's going to be an unreachable goal."

The team has one 410 motor and is looking for sponsorship. "We have a pretty car, we just need somebody to put their name on it," he said.

He's been getting advice on racing in Pennsylvania from veteran Mike Erdley.

"Mike's been one of the people that we've been around a lot," he said. "I've asked Lance (Dewease) a couple of questions, but other than that, I've been on my own. Its been tough, but we are learning and we're taking it one day at a time."

Not a bad attitude to have when you're a rookie racing with the best winged sprint car drivers in the world on a weekly basis.

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