Ragan - Ford interview 2009-09-29

This Week in Ford Racing Septemeber 29, 2009 David Ragan, driver of the UPS Ford Fusion, will be making his third career start at Kansas Speedway this weekend. Ragan finished eighth there last year, and says he is looking forward to returning to...

This Week in Ford Racing
Septemeber 29, 2009

David Ragan, driver of the UPS Ford Fusion, will be making his third career start at Kansas Speedway this weekend. Ragan finished eighth there last year, and says he is looking forward to returning to the 1½-mile track.

ROUSH FENWAY RACING HAS ALWAYS DONE QUITE WELL ON 1½-MILE TRACKS, AND THIS WEEKEND'S RACE AT KANSAS WILL BE JUST THE SECOND ONE ON THAT LENGTH TRACK SINCE CHICAGO IN JULY. ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING BACK TO A 1½-MILE TRACK AGAIN, IF FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN TO RE-ESTABLISH A BIT OF A BASELINE FOR THE TEAMS? "Anytime you can go to a track where you've had proven results is a good thing, because with the season we've ad, these last eight races we're going to be trying a lot of new things that we typically wouldn't try, so when you can go to a track that we've got good notes and a good history, you can kind of judge yourself and see where you're at with what you're trying. For our UPS team it'll be a chance for us to try some things out of the box and experiment on some things to see if we can pick on something that'll help our Ford Fusions out."

IS THAT PART OF RACING AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR - CHASE NOTWITHSTANDING; THAT YOU'RE RACING TO WIN NOW, BUT ALSO LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR, TOO? IS THAT JUST THE WAY IT WORKS? "Yeah. There are five or six guys that realistically have a shot to win the championship in the Chase, and even there's a few guys that after the next race, they're going to be out of the Chase championship, so they might as well start trying some things and looking forward to next year. Because if you don't win the championship, or are in the top-two or -three in points, it's really all the same after that. So, I think that anybody that's in the top-15 to top-20 or the guy that finishes 43rd in points, he's going to want to continue to try some things out of the box that will help him out and get a jumpstart for next year, when we don't have an open testing policy.

IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT KANSAS THAT PARTICULARY LIKE AS A DRIVER? OR ANYTHING THERE THAT GIVES YOU TROUBLES? "Kansas is about the most normal, cookie-cutter track you go to. If your car is fast and it drives good, you're going to be fine. The track doesn't have a lot of banking. It's just a very normal, typical track - no big bumps, no bad seams in the race track. It's just a very easy track."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Ragan