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Layne Riggs Expanding Racing Horizons

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Layne Riggs celebrated his 14th birthday on June 11. So he did what most young men do upon turning 14 – He made his Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Tour debut at Tri-County Motor Speedway.

Riggs, the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor Scott Riggs, raced for several seasons at Orange County Speedway. Working his way up the ladder, Layne has found success every step of the way. Last seasons, the younger Riggs won the Limited Sportsman track championship at the Rougemont, North Carolina facility.

Riggs’ continues to run well at Orange County, sitting third in the track’s Late Model points with two wins. However, he skipped the track’s June 11 race to make his CARS Tour debut. Riggs started second for the Do The Dew 200, running in the top five before an incident with Justin Crider ended his night.

When the touring series made the trip to Riggs’ home turf Saturday night, the Bahama, North Carolina native was fast once again. Riggs qualified sixth and finished fourth in the 100-lap Late Model Stock feature of the Summertime Showdown 250.

For Riggs, turning 14 created more opportunities to travel and gain experience as he continues his Late Model career.

“I think this year has just been a really good learning experience. We’re trying to find new tracks to run at, race at different tracks. Go to as many tracks as I can, get as much experience as I can. Orange County is a great track to run at and all, but I feel like I need to go other places to learn more.”

Riggs relishes the opportunity to travel more, particularly to learn more about the different styles and types of tracks he encounters.

“I’ve just learned that the cars act completely different on flat tracks, high-banked tracks, short tracks, and big tracks. I’ve always said I want to go here, I want to go there. Now, we’re finally getting the chance to go to them.”

Moving forward, Riggs plans to complete the remaining CARS Tour events. Riggs also hopes to run the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, although nothing is set in stone.

“Really, what we’re looking for this year is to run the rest of the CARS Tour races and get good finishes, get more experience. We’re even questioning about running the big Martinsville race this year, just to get some more experience. And then we’ll see how it goes.”

Zach Evans is in his second season covering short track racing, A 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Evans is a proud alumnus of The Daily Tar Heel, the school's award-winning independent student newspaper.

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