BREAKING NEWS: Riggs Hired To Replace Mears In No. 90 In Next Two Races

Brandon CaldwellCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 10:  Scott Riggs poses during NASCAR Nationwide Series portraits at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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As driver Casey Mears leaves to be on stand-by for Denny Hamlin as Hamlin recovers from knee surgery, it left the No. 90 Keyed-Up Motorsports Chevrolet without a driver.

Who would replace Mears in the No. 90, was the question fans were asking when Mears announced he would leave, and go sub at the 11.

According to Keyed-Up Motorsports' Facebook page, the team has hired 39-year-old driver, from Durham, North Carolina, Scott Riggs.

Riggs, a six-year veteran of the Sprint Cup Series, has been without a Cup ride since his resignation from Tommy Baldwin Racing last May.

He's been driving the No. 09 RAB Motorsports Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since the beginning of 2010, and was 10th in the series standings before missing the race at Bristol two weeks ago.

Riggs' best year came in 2006, driving for what was then Evernham Motorsports' No. 10 Dodge.

He's collected four Top Five finishes and 16 Top 10 finishes in his Cup career. Eight of those top 10s coming in 2006.

He's been in the "go or go home" spot before in his career many times, and he's done a very good job with it.

Riggs has had some very bad luck, and with a very good Nationwide Series resume under his belt in 2010, his spot on the pecking order went up, and Riggs is getting another shot at Cup.

So far, this is a two race deal, for Phoenix and Texas. No word on who will drive the car at Talladega.