OneDirt Exclusive: Riggs Motorsports Shop Tour and Interview

Only a small list of what needs done remains on the brand new 2014 Rocket Chassis late model of Jason Riggs (Chris McWilliams Photos)

Only a small list of what needs done remained on the brand new 2014 Rocket Chassis late model of Jason Riggs (Chris McWilliams Photos)

Riggs Motorsports in Harrisburg, Illinois opened their doors for OneDirt to take a look around as they make their final preparations for Speedweeks 2014.  They will be campaigning a two car team for 2014 with Jason Riggs focusing on the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour while newly added driver Brian Shirley will be running the entire Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.  Both drivers will head south on February 6th for the Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Georgia for three days of action before heading to Florida’s East Bay Raceway Park for the 38th Annual Winternationals.

The backup car was still on the lift as they put the finishing touches on it before hitting the road.

The backup car was still on the lift as they put the finishing touches on it before hitting the road.

Both Riggs Motorsports drivers have plenty of experience behind the wheel of a dirt late model.  Jason Riggs has been racing since 2003 and has several high paying local late model wins on his resume as he plans to tackle the entire Hell Tour for the first time in 2014.  Brian Shirley comes to Riggs Motorsports in 2014 with a resume that includes the 2012 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour championship, 2012 UMP National Points Champion, 2006 Knoxville Late Model Nationals winner, a World of Outlaws Late Model Series win, and feature starts in The Dream and World 100 at Eldora Speedway.

It takes a lot of tires to stay competitive with the nation's best late model drivers.  These tires were mounted and ready to go for the Winternationals.

It takes a lot of tires to stay competitive with the nation’s best late model drivers. This is only about half of the brand new tires that Riggs Motorsports had ready to go for the Winternationals.

When we got to the Riggs Motorsports shop they were hard at it getting ready for a grueling ten straights days of racing down south.  They had their brand new 2014 Rocket Chassis super late model for Jason Riggs almost ready to go and they were going through their backup car to make sure it was in race-ready condition.  Brian Shirley’s race cars were at another shop at the time of our visit but we were told that he should be ready to go for the Super Bowl of Racing as well.  Riggs Motorsports also had all the support equipment for their team ready to go including an immaculate hauler with a stacker trailer ready to hit the road for the long haul of the 2014 season.

A fresh Dargie Racing Engine waits for its chance to come to life at Riggs Motorsports

A fresh Dargie Racing Engine waits for its chance to come to life at Riggs Motorsports

After taking a look around Riggs Motorsports their driver Jason Riggs answered a few questions for OneDirt.

OneDirt:  What are your goals for the 2014 racing season?

Jason Riggs:  To win races!  Also to be as competitive as we can every time we unload!

OneDirt:  What do you and your team do to prepare for the grueling UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour?
Jason Riggs:  To make sure we have enough spare parts and bodies in the trailer so you just have to worry about bolting stuff on instead of having to make it on the road also.
Some of the big checks and trophies at Riggs Motorsports

Some of the big checks and trophies at Riggs Motorsports

OneDirt:  What is the biggest win of your career so far?

Jason Riggs:  A 1500 to win race at Western Kentucky Speedway in 2012
OneDirt:  What is your favorite track to race at?
Jason Riggs:  East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida
OneDirt:  Who was your favorite race car driver as a child?
Jason Riggs:  Andy Bond.  He raced at Skyline Speedway every Friday night in Stewart, Ohio.  I grew up there on Friday nights because my grandpa was the tow truck guy for the races.
OneDirt:  Dirt late model racing has now grown to three national touring series.  Why do you think dirt late model racing is so popular in the United States?
Jason Riggs:  Dirt late model racing is so popular in the states because it’s more exciting racing than pavement racing.  It’s also easier for the blue-collar guy to get involved in.
Check out Jason Riggs at a 2014 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour race near you.

Check out Jason Riggs at a 2014 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour race near you.

You can check out Riggs Motorsports as they start their season on February 6th at Golden Isles Speedway for the Super Bowl of Racing and then at East Bay Raceway Park for the Winternationals.  From there Brian Shirley will tackle the entire Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series while Jason Riggs prepares for the tough UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour.  For more information on Riggs Motorsports and their entire 2014 schedule check out www.RiggsMotorsports.com.

About the author

Chris McWilliams

Chris McWilliams grew up watching his dad race go-karts around his Southern Indiana home and started racing junior dragsters when he was 10 years old. Chris drove a UMP Mini Stock for two seasons until he totaled his racecar in an accident at Western Kentucky Speedway. He is currently a college student at Oakland City University working on a degree to pay the bills for his dirt racing addiction.
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