David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, was involved in a single-car accident during Saturday's first practice session and will be forced to a back-up for tomorrow's race. He spoke about the accident between ...
David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, was involved in a single-car accident during Saturday's first practice session and will be forced to a back-up for tomorrow's race. He spoke about the accident between practices.
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
"I just made one mistake and now we've got to go to a back-up car. I drove in a little bit too deep getting into turn one. I was just trying to drive as hard as I would in the race to try and give good feedback and just made a mistake and didn't use good judgment on what we had. We had a real good car. Our AAA Ford will still be fine. It's gonna be fast. Jimmy and the guys always prepare good race cars so, fortunately, we've got the second practice and we'll shake this car down and there's still no reason why we won't be a contender on Sunday."
TRACK POSITION OBVIOUSLY BECOMES THE BIG CHALLENGE TOMORROW? "Yeah, the biggest thing is just staying on the lead lap and between everyone beating and banging and some cautions, we should be able to make it to the front pretty quick. I just have to drive a super-smart race and just have to be perfect the rest of the weekend, but it can be done."
Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 28 All Sport Ford Fusion, has been involved in back-to-back multi-car accidents at Talladega and Charlotte. He spoke about his physical condition and how he plans on staying out of trouble this weekend at Martinsville.
TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 All Sport Ford Fusion -- HOW DO YOU FEEL AFTER TAKING A COUPLE OF PRETTY GOOD HITS AT TALLADEGA AND CHARLOTTE? "I feel really good. I'm happy that neither one of those hurt at all -- no bumps or bruises or even soreness -- and it's because we have good quality, safe race cars. I'm disappointed with the last two weeks because I felt we had cars that were gonna run in the top 10 or top 15 for sure and just didn't quite make it to the end. I'm disappointed with that, but we're coming to a great track for our team. We had a strong car here for the spring race and I'm just looking to get a good finish this weekend. I'm excited about being at Martinsville. It's a place I really enjoy going to and I think we can have a good result this weekend."
WHAT IS YOUR STRENGTH WHEN IT COMES TO THIS TRACK? "It's tough because you've got to go, especially starting by points. We're disappointed we didn't get a chance to qualify. I think we could have qualified pretty decent, but we've got to start 25th. The early part of the race you have to be working on going forward. You can go a lap down here so fast when the leaders get out in clean air and there's no traffic to fight, so it's important to go but also to keep your nose clean. It's like the first 200-300 laps, you've got to really take care of the front end of your car and make sure you keep the brake ducts on it and take care of your brakes. The last half of the race a lot of guys will fall off the lead lap or they fall out and that's when you really have to make sure your car is competitive for the last 100-200 laps so you can go for the win or a good finish."
-credit: ford racing