Scott Riggs Takes Seat at Tommy Baldwin Racing

James BroomheadAnalyst IJanuary 19, 2009

It has been announced that Scott Riggs, ousted after Tony Stewart bought into Haas CNC, is to take the race seat at the newly formed Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Exactly who would land the seat at the team, which plans to run the entire Sprint Cup season in Red Bull-supplied Toyotas has been open to many rumours since Baldwin confirmed his new team's entry to NASCAR top flight.

It was widely expected, and reported by that Dave Blaney, who drove under ex-Bill Davis Racing crew chief Baldwin in recent years, especially after BDR sold his team and engine supply company and threw Blaney's future employment into jeopardy.

Baldwin was reported to be in talks with several "former cup driver" and presenting different drivers to prospective sponsors for his new team. This led to a number of rumours from several sources, but none of them included 38-year-old Riggs taking the seat.

Riggs has had a rough time since he graduated to NASCAR's premier series after a successful period in the Busch series, running for MB2 Motorsports and Gillett.

He then moved to Haas CNC, where last year he was beset with problems and poor results.

It was also formally announced that Baldwin would double up his duties, continuing as crew chief alongside his team owner duties. However, no sponsor has yet been announced for the No. 36 car, a number TBR confirmed it would be using last week.