David Ragan warming up to Watkins Glen

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He's among those drivers concentraining on road course efforts.

David Ragan, driver of the No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford, says racing at Watkins Glen International, the next stop on the NASCAR SPrint Cup circuit, is different than the other road course on the schedule.

"Watkins Glen is a very different race course from Sonoma. Sonoma is a little slower, a little more technical, a little flatter. But at Watkins Glen, you're wide open and very hard on the brakes. It's a little easier, in my opinion, than Sonoma. 

"But the racing at Watkins Glen is always very exciting. We always seem to have some accidents there that are a little more spectacular because of how fast we go. We look forward to the road courses. I've grown to enjoy them a little bit more over the last few years, so I'm looking forward to it.

"It used to be you could pick your road-course winners out of a group of four or five drivers who had road-racing backgrounds. In more recent years, everyone takes every race so seriously. Teams are putting more work into their road-race cars, and drivers are going to some schools and getting more seat time. Now, if you look at the winners in the last six or eight years, it's everybody in the field. Everybody's a lot more competitive and everybody runs a lot closer together."

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Series NASCAR-CUP
Event Watkins Glen
Track Watkins Glen International
Drivers David Ragan
Article type Preview
Tags dockside logistics, front row motorsports