Biffle Makes Sweet Music

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Scott Riggs is going for a three-peat at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend, yet this will be only his second career NASCAR Busch Series start there.

How does that work, you might ask? Simple. Riggs won the first Busch Series race held at the 1.5-mile track this year back in April. He also, however, won last year’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race held at Nashville, so he’ll be shooting for a trifecta in Saturday night’s Inside Traxx 300 (8 p.m. ET start).

The driver of the No. 10 Nesquik Taurus, who has two victories already this season, will have a comfortable starting spot after qualifying sixth with a lap of 160.452 mph.

Greg Biffle, who is on a roll after winning at Dover last week and finishing second at Charlotte the week earlier, won the pole Friday night. Biffle’s lap of 161.288 narrowly edged rookie Casey Mears, who qualified at 161.212. The difference was .076 seconds.

Jay Sauter qualified third for Saturday night’s 300-miler, with Bobby Hamilton Jr. fourth and points leader Jack Sprague fifth.

Riggs was sixth, with Tim Sauter seventh, Mike McLaughlin eighth, Jason Keller ninth and Kevin Grubb 10th.

To say that Riggs has an affinity for Nashville Superspeedway is a huge understatement.

“I love the Music City!” said Riggs, who’s in second place in the Busch Series standings, 41 points behind Jack Sprague. “The concrete surface has real bite, and when you add in Yates horsepower, it will be a good show all around. I am sitting two for two going into Nashville, I would really like to make it a three-peat.”

The No. 10 Nesquik team has a solid history at Nashville. Jeff Green finished eighth in the inaugural Busch Series race there last year. That, and the first race this year, however, were both held in the daylight hours.

This race will be held at night, under the lights.

“Running under the lights will change the track which will affect the set-ups on the cars,” said crew chief Harold Holly. “It will be interesting to see the changes. This Nesquik Racing Team is ready to make whatever changes we need to give Scott the winning car. We want to go back to victory lane. Trophies are COOL!”

Riggs has six top-five nine top-10 finishes in 14 starts this season. He hasn’t been to victory lane, however, since winning at California on April 27.

He has been consistent enough, however, to keep pace with Sprague – one of his old adversaries in the Craftsman Truck Series – in the Busch Series standings

No one would blame Riggs if his mind were elsewhere this weekend. He and wife Jai are expecting their first child any time this weekend.

Although he’s atop the points standings, Sprague is still looking for his first Busch Series victory this season. He’s got five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes this season, including a pair of runner-up finishes at Texas and Nashville.

Sprague finished 21st in last year’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Nashville, but felt like he let one get away in the Busch Series race this past April.

"I'm certainly not disappointed with finishing second here a few months ago, but man, I really think we could have won that race," Sprague said. This weekend’s race will be a whole new game because it’s a night race. I don’t know what the track conditions will be, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

“The last time we were at Nashville, the NetZero Chevy was just awesome. My Hendrick Motorsports guys kept me in the hunt every time we came in to pit. On the last stop, a bunch of guys took only two tires while we took four and that's basically where we lost our shot at the win. We ran faster than Scott (Riggs) all day. They were just quicker out of the pits than we were and then we had traffic to deal with and couldn’t catch him.

“Now I’ve got some experience in a Busch car at Nashville and that's going to help us a lot. We got some good notes to build on from the first race a few months ago and I really think we have a good chance to win there. We’re bringing the same car we had last time – it’s a good handling car and fun to race.”

Race Center

Food City 300

@ Bristol Motor Speedway
Friday, August 22, 2014
Radio Start:
PRN
TV Start:
ESPN, 7 p.m. (ET)

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