Right now, Scott Riggs is atop the NASCAR Busch Series point standings -- but he¿s got four drivers breathing down his neck. With nine races remaining, Riggs is going to have be near-perfect to hold off his competitors.
That¿s why Riggs¿ test Monday and Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway is of such importance. The Oct. 25 Aaron¿s 312 will be one of the final races of the season, and every driver will be scrapping for every available point in the race for the title. Riggs wants to make sure he has a leg up and will spend the first two days of next week prepping for the race.
"If there were only two going after the championship, you might be tempted to pay more attention to what the other guy is doing," Riggs said. "Since we don¿t have that luxury, we¿re more focused on what we need to be doing. It¿s up to us to get the job done and stay on top."
And Riggs can feel the heat from the drivers behind him. David Green is just 19 points behind Riggs; Brian Vickers won last weekend¿s Winn-Dixie 200 at Darlington Raceway to move to third in the standings. He¿s 67 points behind first place.
Jason Keller is 70 points down, and Ron Hornaday is back 79 points in fifth. Bobby Hamilton Jr., Shane Hmiel, Johnny Sauter, Scott Wimmer and Kasey Kahne round out the top 10 in points.
"It¿s going to be very interesting, given the fact there are five different teams that could win the championship this late in the season," Vickers said. "If we continue to do what we've done all season and be consistent, we'll be in a good position. One thing is for sure, this team is not going to give up."
It will be a true battle for the championship when the Busch drivers return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Aaron¿s 312 on Saturday, Oct. 25. Great seats are still available and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster or the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211.