Riggs to drive one of Haas/CNC's Chevys in '08

Updated: October 3, 2007, 2:57 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Scott Riggs has signed a contract with Haas/CNC Racing to drive one of the team's two Chevrolets in 2008.

"Its exciting for us to land a driver with Scott's leadership experience and great attitude," said general manager Joe Custer. "We're confident in our equipment. We believe Scott has the ability to get every bit of speed a car can offer."

It is unknown whether Riggs will pilot Haas/CNC's No. 66 or No. 70 or who will back the team financially.

Sources said current drivers Jeff Green and Johnny Sauter will be evaluated throughout the remainder of the 2007 season and a decision as to whom Riggs will replace will be made at the end of the year.

There has been some speculation that ousted Chip Ganassi Racing driver David Stremme is a candidate for the other Haas/CNC Chevy.

Riggs currently drives the No. 10 Dodge for Gillett Evernham Motorsports and ranks 36th in the championship standings. His future with the team has been in doubt for some time, as GEM has methodically sorted out its future plans and potential merger with Petty Enterprises.

Marty Smith is a contributor to ESPN's NASCAR coverage. He can be reached at ESPNsider@aol.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.