Lane, Scott Riggs, Continuing the Family Legacy in NASCAR

Scott Riggs’ NASCAR career spanned over 15 years and nearly 400 starts across the three major competitive divisions, which spanned from 1999 to 2014 and featured four Xfinity Series wins and five Camping World Truck Series event wins.

It was clear that racing was in the family’s blood, and son Lynn Riggs made his truck debut at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in late July at #62 at Halmar Friesen Racing. , and backing it up two weeks later with the top 20 in Richmond. Most recently, he won the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Championship for the Newest Track Model at South Boston Speedway in the first weekend of September and still leads the 2022 point standings in this division.

expansionAdam Cheek met his father and son in Richmond, where Lane finished 19th on his second-ever start and his father was part of the crew, fiddling with the truck before and after the race.

The elder Riggs and his wife Jay bought “basketballs, golf clubs, and all the mini things” for Layne, but the budding driver didn’t go for them; Instead, his first dirt bike piqued his interest in racing and his parents gave him a buggy at the age of 3.

“The craziest thing about it,” Scott said, “I still get the video — when we first put him there, he’s driving wide open and sideways. He just turns it around and never lets it go and straightens it. We didn’t tell him. We told him. Just, “You turn the steering wheel to go that way, you turn the steering wheel to go that way, that’s the gas, and that’s the brake.” That’s all we told him, and then there he hangs it outside, stands in the gas, instinctively. That was the time The first we looked at each other like, “Holy shit, he just did that?”

It wasn’t long before Lane had a competition like him.

“We took him to a real mini car race, we bought him a baby buggy to run,” Scott said. “So he got out there, and by that time we had already built him a small car track at home. So we came to the racetrack, and in the first race, he finally started dead and won, went to the front and won. The second race he led. […] Then something happened to the carburetor and it quit, so when he did it he said “that’s not fun, he just spent the whole day here for a 10 minute run.”

Riggs stacked nicely against his rivals, eventually exiting to a four-cylinder. Abi Scott raced with some friends in their house.

“One of my companions told my wife,” he said, “and they said, If you don’t put it in something else, you should be ashamed of yourself.” “She came back to me, like she should put him in something. So we bought a little four-cylinder, when he was 10 we took him to the track after he cut some rounds in the pasture shifting and all that, and then we went to the racetrack.

“The first race we went to, he qualified on first and finished second, I think, first, and then he won the following week. He won the championship in that little thing, and then the next year we started on four cylinders again, and then he turned two. Ten. We bought him a late model and he ran a limited late model in Orange County. [Speedway and] It just took off.”

Things began to come together for NASCAR’s debut at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2021, where the elder Riggs met Crew Chief Tripp Bruce, a veteran on the box with over 200 Truck Series beginnings with his name. Bruce, currently with Stewart Friesen, spoke to Riggs and was introduced to Layne, who passed both twin races that night in a late mannequin.

The conversation was picked up between the two parties and an agreement was reached, including some local sponsors to Riggs’ hometown of Bahama, North Carolina.

“I just committed that we wanted to put this deal together,” Scott said. “[…] I’m kinda committed [funding] On my own, that I would have done this – I would put the money, we would do it, and no matter what, I would pass the torch here. Once I made that commitment, I had a late model sponsor come up and say, “I want to help, I want to be a part of that,” because he’s pretty much described as one of my buddies. I want to be a part of that to see it go forward.”

Lynn was balancing his time on the Advance Auto Weekly series with starting the truck.

“This is actually more active than this,” Scott said. “Lynn seems calmer and – I wouldn’t say more focused, but he does feel more comfortable. I think his retarded model keeps him a lot of pressure not just to drive but to make calls and make the right calls for track position and track condition, making sure he’s making the right call Any kind of change in practice would be the right way to participate in the race. Here, he doesn’t have to do that, he can just focus on driving the truck.”

Younger Riggs missed the Weekly Series event in favor of the Richmond Truck Race.

“It’s hard sometimes to do both […] And I know we’re going to sacrifice some National points for that,” said Lin. “But it feels like being here, being here, feeling the heat and showing that we deserve to be here in this series is worth a little more than losing a late model race.

“[…] I’m glad I got here and my feet are wet and learning […] [you] See all these guys on TV every week and then finally race them and be right there with them. It’s really cool to be a part of, kind of surreal, but I’m so excited that I can do it and can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Incidentally, Layne’s first two trucks began mirroring Scott’s first two truck launches, 23 years later. Senior Riggs finished 19th and 23rd in the IRP and Richmond, respectively, to start his career, while Layne’s first husband came on the same tracks.

Son indicated that he was hoping to outperform his father in the second race, as he did in the first, which is what he did best. Layne earned the checkered flag seventh in the IRP and 19th in the Commonwealth.

Scott’s role as a father has given him a new perspective on racing, both guiding Lane but also allowing his lineage to work its way through those around him.

“It was hard for the guy to put on a hat, different hats,” Scott said. “Because with Layne, he’s totally ready to go somewhere else, to another team, and do something else. Because he heard my voice. [as] Father, he has heard my voice as driver instructor, he has heard my voice as chief of crew and he has heard my voice as observer. But he hears everything from me, and he has heard the same things from me and picks them up very well.

“But it’s so good and refreshing when he goes elsewhere. He has other contestants around and they say the same things I say and they have the same way of thinking that I have, but different words, different voice, different person. I think that’s what was refreshing for me to see him get that, Because he needed to for a while.”

For his career, Riggs applied what he learned from his time in NASCAR to guide his son through motorsport.

“I think, in racing, from preparing to making decisions, professionally, you make the best decision you can every single day about the information you have at the time,” Scott said. “I can easily look back and say, ‘Man, I’ve had these fork in the road in my career, and if I was going to choose this way versus that way,’ you wonder what would have been different.

“I know now, looking back, that some of these ramifications would have been a lot better for me if I had taken the other route, but I obviously didn’t know that at the time. We could have probably put a lot less funding into the Layne truck and got Something that wouldn’t have been good people and equipment, but I knew from my race that when you go to do it you want to do it [where] You must win. Like every series Lane has been in, he’s been winning, so just sticking with something he wasn’t even able to win wasn’t even a question. […] We will not do that.

“So when that deal was struck, I knew this was a team and a truck that was actually able to get a good finish, and a job well done. And that really made the decision to come here. Looking at my career, I think that’s what gave us that perspective. “.

Layne takes a perspective similar to his father’s laissez-faire approach, working his way up in NASCAR as often as he can.

“It’s really cool, following in his footsteps and trying to learn everything he taught me and seeing it all for myself,” Lynn said. “You can only tell me so much, but I just have to take it all and learn for myself. […] It’s really cool to carry on family traditions, and [I] I just hope to make everyone proud.

“I’m trying to make my own legacy,” he added. “I don’t want to be the son of Scott Riggs” In every race, I just want to be Lynn. So I do what I can behind the wheel and try to make my own name, trying not to use it to get what I get. Just try to do everything myself.”

Once it all came together, Riggs made his IRP debut and finished seventh. The first-time trucker ended up in the midst of late first-race drama, including a stunning four-wide pass from the outside as the pitch began to smash, he was as high as a fifth in the final inning and came into the back amid the title contenders.

For context, seven of the top 10 racers were playoff drivers; Three of them ended up behind Riggs.

“Lynn and I talked about it before the race, and the last thing we want to do is make an impression by doing something that affects the points,” Scott said. “[…] I think he did a good job maintaining his streak and protecting his streak, but [also] Get the best possible score without hurting someone else.

“[…] Then, finally there, I know Trip [Bruce] I asked him on the radio, “Do you want to stay here because everyone has tires, it’s a bit of a tough call, and it has 10 laps.” And the [Layne] He said, “I do not enter.” [Tripp’s] Like, OK, that makes my decision easy, because you’re so confident, so I’m just going to let you go. “

“It was so surreal,” Lane added. “We ran at the back of the group almost all day, qualified poorly, had a bad stopping point [and] Roll left down until 65 to go we got our lap back. Just driving across the field at the end, just crossing the trucks right and left and I felt great when I got there. It ended up staying away in the last reboot and ranked 5th in the reboot, like “Man, here’s all the playoff contenders, here in the top ten, I’m right in the middle of them.” […] I know the eyes are on me, the TV cameras are watching, so [it was] wonderful.”

The son was so proud of his father in his first ever NASCAR race.

“I think he did a good job. I mean, he did good all the way, he makes me proud,” Scott said. “It’s hard for me to talk about that, because I’m proud of him, and I’m a proud father at the same time, and I’m just proud of the way he races. And how he carries himself. He’s doing a better job than I thought I would have done at his age for sure.”

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