Layne Riggs has endured both positives and negatives during the month of May.
After celebrating a commanding win at Ace Speedway, Riggs failed to keep pace with the leaders at Caraway Speedway before a mechanical failure forced him to retire early.
Riggs believed that he and his team brought a great car to Caraway but admitted that they could not get what they wanted from the setup throughout practice and into the 125-lap feature.
“The car felt really good but [Caraway] is such a tricky track,” Riggs said. “We tested really good but struggled all weekend with being really tight. This just wasn’t our weekend but we just have to keep learning and do the best we can.”
Riggs had hoped that his victory at Ace would turn around what had been a challenging 2021 season in the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour through the first four races.
Riggs opened the year with a runner-up finish to Justin Johnson at Dillon Motor Speedway only to tally two consecutive poor showings at Hickory Motor Speedway and in the Old North State Nationals at Orange County Speedway.
The bad luck that had followed Riggs around ended up appearing once again at Caraway on Saturday, as a poor qualifying run forced Riggs to begin the feature in the 19th position.
Despite this, Riggs kept his patience and navigated his way through the field but his hard work proved to be futile and he ultimately ended up right back where he started in 19th.
“I kept saying that we were going to pull a Jared Fryar and come back up to the front late in the race,” Riggs said. “We got all the way up into the Top 10 but I knew something was going wrong because we were getting tight. We came in and the right front tire had 14 lbs. of air in it.”
Now with three finishes outside the Top 15 this year, Riggs knows that he will likely not be a factor for the CARS LMSC Tour championship even though he was only 23 points behind Bobby McCarty entering Caraway.
A championship has been a goal for Riggs and his team, especially after he came up just a few points short to Jared Fryar in 2020, but he said the focus going forward will be to finish the season strong with as many wins as possible.
“I never felt like I was back in the points fight to begin with,” Riggs said. “Bobby [McCarty] and everyone else are always so consistent with not having mechanical failures. You have to have good runs and it feels like were either at the back or winning the race.”
Riggs is confident that he can break his bad luck and score another victory in the next CARS LMSC Tour race at Langley Speedway, which is where he picked up one of his two wins in 2020.