David Riggs, who owned racecars that competed in various Modified divisions and series since the 1960s, passed away Tuesday at the age of 77.
Riggs was the patriarch of the Riggs Racing team that won races and championships out of a Martinsville, Virginia race shop with drivers such as Paul Radford, Jamie Tomaino, Tony Jankowiak, Tim Arre, Junior Miller and most recently Andy Seuss. The Riggs team was a five-time SMART Modified Tour champion and was the 2005 and 2006 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, as well as a multiple-time champion at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC).
In 2008, Riggs passed the torch to his son Jeff, who led the team until he passed away unexpectedly in November of 2010. The team did not return to full-time competition in 2011 after finishing fourth in points with Seuss in 2010, but David Riggs and many of the team members remained with Seuss upon the driver joining forces with Ideal Racing. Many of the Riggs Racing crew members remain on Seuss’ crew at Ideal Racing in 2014 as Seuss enters Thursday’s NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season finale with the championship point lead.
“You told me to shut up and drive, but taught me so much about racing,” Seuss posted to Facebook after David Riggs’ passing Tuesday. “You gave me a chance to drive your car, but became a mentor, and more importantly a friend, and somewhere along the line, family. Opened your home, your family, your garage and your team to me. Not sure how I became the one you chose to do so much for, but I do know I wouldn’t have gotten where I am without you.”
Arrangements have not yet been announced.
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director. Twitter: @MattKentfield.
– Featured photo credit: Riggs Racing Facebook