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When you’re in middle school the idea of a birthday normally brings on wishes of a baseball mitt or perhaps a dirt bike. But for 13-year-old Layne Riggs another birthday means the opportunity to advance his racing career.
The son of former NASCAR driver Scott Riggs is fresh off his first Late Model Stock Car victory, and June 11 is a day that the 13 year old has been looking forward to for quite some time. June 11, 2016 will be the day that Riggs turns 14 years old, and will also be the day that he gets his opportunity to take the next step up the racing ladder.
“I can’t wait for the 11th,” said Riggs after his first LMSC win. “When I am 14 we will be able to race on some other tracks and we plan on racing the CARS Tour starting with that first race at Tri-County Speedway.“
Riggs’ enthusiasm is a testament to his passion. After winning his first race this past Saturday at Orange County Speedway (NC) he thanked everyone and high fived all of those in the victory lane area. You could say he was pumped.
“I finally got one,” said Riggs. “I mean this is Late Models. We had success in Limited car, but this is the same type of car you can drive anywhere. I can’t thank my dad, my team and my sponsors enough.”
Riggs has cut his teeth in Late Model racing, much like his dad did, at Orange County Speedway. The younger racer won seven times at the track in 2015 on his way to securing the Limited Sportsman championship.
“I never won a title at Orange County,” said father Scott Riggs. “I ran a full season and was second to Barry Beggarly one year. He makes me proud the way he drives. He does a good job behind the wheel.”
As a father Scott knows there is a lot he can do to advance his son’s career, but first and foremost he wants to make sure things are done right.
“To be honest with you he puts a lot of pressure on me to make sure he is in a good car,” added Scott. “He’s got a good feel with the car and he’s silky smooth with the car. Those are things I didn’t teach him and you either have it or you don’t.”
For a couple more weeks Layne will come home from school and change into shop cloths and work on his race car. The dream of running more tracks is about to come true and now the rest of the Late Model scene will be able to see the next generation Riggs driver.
“I can’t wait. We have been trying to get ready and we are going to go practice up there (at Tri-County) soon.”
Riggs will celebrate his 14th birthday at the race track on June 11 when he makes his CARS Tour debut in the CARS Tour 200 at Tri-County.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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