David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion, met with the media before NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at Kentucky Speedway. Ragan finished eighth and last year's race. He talks about the race and traveling between Michigan and...
David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion, met with the media before NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at Kentucky Speedway. Ragan finished eighth and last year's race. He talks about the race and traveling between Michigan and Kentucky. He is seventh in Nationwide Series point standings.
AUGGIE VIDOVICH PRACTICED YOUR CAR TODAY AND THE CREW SAID IF HE LIKES HOW YOUR FUSION PRACTICES, YOU LIKE THE WAY IT RACES. TALK ABOUT JUMPING INTO THE CAR WITHOUT HAVING PRACTICE. "Yeah, that's been the case so far. Auggie has done a great job the races that he's taken care of practicing our car. We had a top-five car last week and we had some good runs here, at Milwaukee and Nashville last year. This race was a lot of fun last year; we finished eighth. It's a good race track. A good group of fans always come out here. It's awesome to come out of turn four and see the whole front straightaway full with fans for a Nationwide race is pretty special. It's good to be here racing on Saturday night."
THIS IS THE SECOND WEEK WHERE YOU'VE FLOWN FROM ONE TRACK TO ANOTHER. WHAT TYPE OF DISCUSSION GOES ON IN THE PLANE? DO YOU TALK ABOUT WHERE YOU WERE OR WHERE YOU ARE GOING? "Not really. We just pay attention to what's going on on the ground. If we pass by a lake or something, we all say, 'Man, that's where we should be right now in the lake.' Flying in the helicopter is awesome. You get to see all the race fans and see everybody hanging out around the respective race tracks you come in to. As far as the plane, if Carl's [Edwards] flying, I'll usually sit up front. I don't know that I help him, but just kind of sit there and watch. But if Jack's [Roush] flying, I'll sit in the back and eat and sleep. We'll talk a little. My spotter, Tony Hirschman, and it depends on who all is coming back. Last week Kenny Wallace flew with us, so it was constant storytelling the whole way back while we're trying to get some sleep. But for the most part we just kind of hang out. We'll talk a little bit about our Cup car. We'll talk a little bit about our Busch car and just talk about what's going on."
ALL THE TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH HASN'T GOTTEN OLD, HAS IT? "No, weekends like this it's awesome because I'd just be sitting back in Michigan with nothing to do wishing I was racing in the truck race. Weekends like this are absolutely perfect. I wish we could do it more. The weekend Sonoma to Milwaukee is tough just because the time difference and getting back and forth so late. Other than that one particular weekend, it's kind of refreshing to show up, see the Nationwide team and how well they prepared the car. It is kind of fun to hop in a car for your first lap as qualifying. That's like an adrenaline rush. It's something that's a lot of risk to a lot of reward. It's a lot of fun doing this weekends like this."
WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE, DO YOU USUALLY MAKE A LOT OF CHANGES DURING THE RACE? "Obviously, the track is going to change and everybody's driving style is a little bit different, but for the most part, Auggie knows the comfortable feel. When these cars are fast, they're fast. It doesn't matter who is driving them. You see that in these cars and even in the 20. It doesn't matter who gets in the thing it's fast. So, if we have a good car, if you're a good driver, you can get in it and go fast."
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