FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The “Carolina Kid” gave his home state race fans something to cheer about in United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters competition Saturday night at Fayetteville Motor Speedway.
Charlotte, N.C., hotshoe Eric Riggins Jr. took the lead of the 25-lap Summer Speed Xplosion A-main on lap three from K&N Filters polesitter Brian Thomas and held off Friday night’s winner Johnny Bridges on two successive restarts to notch his fourth USCS feature win of the 2015 season and his first career Fayetteville win.
The visit for the USCS 360s was their first to the four-tenths mile oval since 2010, and the win was Riggins’ 12th career USCS victory.
“We hit on something just before the feature and I could make the top work for a couple laps,” Riggins said in www.rockauto.com Victory Lane. “After that I got comfortable with my rhythm and I didn’t think I had much of a challenge from behind. The car was perfect tonight and I just ran as hard as I could to bring it home.”
Bridges, whose win on Friday night at East Lincoln Speedway was his first USCS win in over a year, had a chance to make it two in a row but could not run down Riggins over the final seven laps following the last caution and to settle for second.
“We set the car up really, really tight for the main event expecting the track to be a lot drier than it was,” Bridges admitted. “The only place I could run was on the bottom and with Eric was out there in that clean air there was really nothing I could do. He had a little bit faster race car than I did tonight, but after the struggle we’ve had, I’ll certainly take a win and a second place for the weekend and go home happy.”
Eric Riggins Jr., Johnny Bridges, Terry Gray, Johnny Petrozelle, Morgan Turpen, Nick Snyder, Brian Thomas, Brandon McLain, Jay Dunham, Matt Hope, Shawn Mott.