Thursday, June 22, 2006
Riggs Injured, Questionable For Infineon
Evernham Racing driver Scott Riggs is questionable for Sunday’s race at Infineon Raceway, after injuring both feet while unloading a jet ski in an oyster bed Monday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The wounds required 12 stitches in his left foot, and eight stitches in his right big toe.
“I’m going to Sonoma to race,” Riggs called the accident, “a freak incident. There was no warning about an oyster bed where we unloaded. We’ll see what happens when I get in the racecar, but I’m going to do what’s best for the team this weekend.”
Valvoline Evernham Racing has made back-up plans in the event that Riggs is unable to compete, retaining former series champion Bill Elliott to stand-by this weekend. Evernham said he hopes that Riggs will be able to compete, but added, “Bill will be ready for any scenario.”
Riggs had been enjoying a breakout season in Nextel Cup competition. Despite failing to qualify for the season-opening Daytona 500, he stands 23rd in points with four top-10 finishes, including a season-best seventh at Texas Motor Speedway. He also won the Bud Pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte last month.