Martinsville: Ragan - Ford Saturday interview

David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, qualified fourth for tomorrow's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Ragan spoke about his philosophy going into the 500-lap feature and what it's going to take to come out with a good ...

David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, qualified fourth for tomorrow's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Ragan spoke about his philosophy going into the 500-lap feature and what it's going to take to come out with a good finish.

YOU MUST BE THRILLED WITH YOUR STARTING SPOT FOR TOMORROW. "Yeah, we've always had great cars here at Martinsville, but when you're starting back there in the high twenties or something like that, you're just fighting an uphill battle all day. It can be done, but by the time you get up to the front you wear your equipment out, so anywhere in that top 10 or top 15 even is great just to be in the front half of the field. You don't have to worry about the leaders catching you in 20 laps, so I feel like we've got a good enough car to stay up there in the top 10. There are a lot of good cars here this weekend and it's just gonna be a matter of hanging out for 300 or 400 laps and just making sure you have your best set of tires on and your car is handling good the last 50-75 laps. I think we're prepared to have a good run because we've been working really hard on our car. We know how the track is going to change based on our past experiences here and I know what I need to have in the car to make good moves throughout the race, but it's gonna feel good to take the green and at least be able to see the leader."

THE TRACK IS TIGHT. PIT ROAD IS TIGHT. IS THERE ANY ONE THING THAT YOU WORRY ABOUT MORE THAN ANOTHER? "The biggest thing is just don't get hung out on the outside and don't hurt yourself. It's so easy to run on the curb or cut a tire or have a pit road penalty and that would just kill you at a place like this, so you just have to go out and do what you know is right and try to be a little conservative and not just take a bunch of risk the first part of the race. The last thing you want to have happen is you get hung out on the outside and you're driving hard and instead of just losing one or two spots, you lose 10 spots, but it's gonna be a fun race. Our AAA Ford is handling pretty good to where I feel like I don't have to overdrive it to keep up and it should be a fun weekend."

WILL LAPPED CARS BE A BIG FRUSTRATION IN THE RACE? "That's gonna be frustrating because you've got someone that's gonna be behind you and trying to pass you. They're gonna be trying to root you out all day and at the same time the lapped cars are gonna be fast enough to kind of hold their own, so you're really gonna have to work hard to get around those guys. It's not like you're gonna have guys just let you get by because they're a lapped car. They're gonna be just as fast and they're gonna be racing just as hard, so it's gonna be a tough race. We just need to have a lot of discipline and we should be fine."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Ragan