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Ragan on racing at Auto Club Speedway: "California is a big, wide track which makes for plenty of opportunities to pass if you've got a good handling race car. We should have a fast UPS Ford this weekend and I've got added confidence since ...

Ragan on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

"California is a big, wide track which makes for plenty of opportunities to pass if you've got a good handling race car. We should have a fast UPS Ford this weekend and I've got added confidence since California is a track where Roush always seems to run well. We'll need a fast Ford and good fuel mileage to be there at the end to get the solid finishes that have been slipping away from us this season. Maybe this will be the weekend our luck turns around."

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

"One of our biggest challenges at California is fighting the air balance of the cars in traffic. California is a wide track with many opportunities to pass, but track position is still important. You need your car handling well, but a great car lacking track position won't get it done in the end. The goal is to have a fast UPS Ford and get a good finish."

FAST FACTS

* David Ragan has an average starting position of 26.2 and average finishing position of 14.4 at Auto Club Speedway.

* David Ragan will compete in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events this weekend. Ragan has six previous Nationwide Starts at Auto Club Speedway; his best finish was fifth in the spring of this year.

* Ragan will be signing autographs at Speedzone (17871 Castleton Street, City of Industry, CA) on behalf of Discount Tire on Thursday, October 8th from 6-8 PM.

* UPS Maximum Center Recognition--Auto Club Speedway The Irvine Center (SLIC - 9273) in the South California District was selected for the October 11 Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway for their achievements on the Balanced Scorecard in August. The center achieved an overall number one ranking, with highest points earned in the Financial, Customer, and People Perspectives. Of the total 19 elements measured, 15 were 100 percent effective. Their success includes notable improvements in Package Driver DART and Auto Accident Frequency, as well as numerous service and productivity elements. The center also drives a growth culture by engaging employees in finding new business opportunities through the Take Charge sales lead program. Currently, the center has 78.6 percent of its driver service providers with sold and producing leads.

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Ragan