David Ragan: Richmond will be a wild one

'If you can win, you're in.'

David Ragan, driver of the No. 34 CSX "Play It Safe" Ford, says racing at Richmond International Speedway will be exciting for fans.

"Richmond will be a wild one with guys looking to make the Chase. If you can win, you're in. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it. People will be taking some risks that they typically wouldn't take on the racetrack and even on pit road. Our CSX team will be right in the middle of it. Richmond has been a good track for me in the past with a lot of top-fives.

"As drivers, we're always going to drive as hard as we can. But you're going to have some crew chiefs do a no-tire stop or a four-tire stop when they typically wouldn't, or even some guys taking a gamble and staying out to win on fuel mileage.

"If you have 15 laps to go and you come in and put fresh tires on and maybe the leaders don't, there's a lot of different scenarios where you could maybe steal a victory even if you're not the dominant car. So, Richmond's a track we look forward to."

Ragan has 15 Sprint Cup career starts at Richmond International Speedway. He has three top-five finishes at the three-quarter-mile oval, with a best finish at the track of third (2007).

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Richmond II
Track Richmond International Raceway
Drivers David Ragan
Article type Preview
Tags chase for the championship, csx