Atlanta II: Ragan - Ford Saturday interview

David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, is a native of the Atlanta area and knows Atlanta Motor Speedway as well as anyone. Ragan, who posted the ninth-fastest speed in Saturday's first practice, spoke about his car and what...

David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, is a native of the Atlanta area and knows Atlanta Motor Speedway as well as anyone. Ragan, who posted the ninth-fastest speed in Saturday's first practice, spoke about his car and what winning at AMS would mean to him.

DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion

HOW DO YOU FEEL AFTER THE FIRST PRACTICE? "I feel like our AAA Ford is something we can certainly work with. It's not exactly what we're looking for just yet, but we've got another practice here and we're still trying to get a good baseline to where our car is comfortable and then find something to work with. We've tried a couple of different setups and we feel like we know what direction we need to go in now, but I think this car is still gonna be a handful at this track with the tires -- at least our AAA Ford because even if it's fast, it's still a handful."

WHAT WOULD A WIN MEAN HERE FOR YOU? "Winning here at Atlanta would be equivalent to winning at a Daytona or an Indy, almost for me. It's something that we always thought that Atlanta was the number one NASCAR track because it was the closest track, so we put a lot of pressure on ourselves every week, but there's always extra excitement coming to a hometown track where you have a lot of friends and family. We've been coming here for years, like other drivers and guys have at their respective hometown track, so it's always fun to be here and it would be a lot of fun to win here."

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS TRACK? "I think the track is forgiving because it's wide and you can move around. There's not one particular spot on the track where you have to be in order to be fast, so if you have a car that can move around and you're willing to take risks on different parts of the race track, you'll have a shot to win. All we can ask for is just to be in contention and have a shot. This race is no different than any other in terms of trying to find Victory Lane, we've just got to put ourselves in a good position throughout the race and then on that last run when we get to the last few laps just give it all we have and hopefully we're up toward the front and we can make something happen."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Ragan