David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, spent Sunday waiting out the rain at Dover International Speedway. The race was postponed until Monday at noon. DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion HOW DOES A DRIVER SPEND TIME AT THE RACE...
David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, spent Sunday waiting out the rain at Dover International Speedway. The race was postponed until Monday at noon.
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
HOW DOES A DRIVER SPEND TIME AT THE RACE TRACK WHEN IT'S RAINING? "Last night I watched the ARCA race and just tried to get to bed at a decent hour. Now, you wake up Sunday morning, you're ready to go and then you see rain, and rain in the forecast. You're kind of mad because you're going to here an extra day. You just don't know what's going on. It makes it tough on me, but I feel real bad for all the guys on the team -- they didn't bring enough clothes or they either have to fly back to Charlotte and fly back up here in the morning. It makes it tough on them , costs the teams extra money for more rooms and all, so when it's raining at the race track, we basically just kind of hang out and talk about old times or talk about what we can do different in the future. You know, it's a nice break, but we're always busy and moving, and we want to be moving."
IT SEEMS LIKE DRIVERS ALWAYS WANT TO BE IN THE CAR, AND CREW MEMBERS WANT TO BE WORKING ON IT. IS IT DIFFICULT TO BE HERE, SURROUNDED BY RACE CARS, AND NOT BE DRIVING OR WORKING ON ONE? "Yeah. The cars are out on the grid, and that just basically gets the truck drivers and the cooks overtime -- they're the only ones working, to feed all of us because we're just hanging out, and it seems like all we're doing is eating now. The guys always want to work to make it better, and I wish I could be out there practicing the Busch car or the Cup car right now, trying to be better. Right now, we're just on a standstill and, like I say, just enjoying ourselves and getting a plan of attack ready for next week, and just trying to stay on top of things."
HOW WILL THIS RAIN AFFECT THE TRACK? "It'll wash a little bit of the rubber off. In years past, it would've been a pretty big difference because the Goodyear tires in the past have been softer and laid down more rubber. Now, this weekend is the first weekend here at Dover that you really hadn't seen that much rubber laid down. So, it's not going to be a huge change, but tires will wear our fast whenever we do race. The track is going to be real green and it'll be real abrasive."
Rain at Dover postponed Sunday's race until Monday. Robbie Reiser, crew chief of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, says rain usually means a different track. Driver Matt Kenseth won last year's event, and has six top-10 finishes in his last nine races at Dover International Speedway.
ROBBIE REISER -- crew chief, No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
DOES THE RAIN DISRUPT, IN ANY WAY, YOUR TEAM'S PERPARATION FOR THE RACE? "It doesn't really disrupt you preparation-wise, but it does give you a different race track than what you've been running on. For some reason the track is not building any rubber this weekend, so I don't know if it's going to be that big of a deal. But in the past it's always been a big deal."
IT SEEMS THAT RACE TEAMS, IF GIVEN AN HOUR TO WORK ON A CAR, WOULD LIKE TO WORK ON IT FOR AN HOUR AND 10 MINUTES, AND IF GIVEN AN HOUR AND 10 MINUTES, WOULD LIKE TO WORK FOR AN HOUR AND 20 MINUTES. IS IT DIFFICULT TO BE AT THE TRACK, AND NOT BE ABLE TO WORK ON THE CAR? "I would like for everybody else to get an hour, and us to get an hour and 20 minutes (laughs). I don't know what to tell you there. It's just that you're brought up in racing and you want to work on cars -- and you want to do that every day, if that's possible. It's tough to sit here through a rain delay. We probably have more team trouble through the rain delays than what we've got when we're busy because our minds are on something else. Otherwise, we've just got our minds on ourselves, so we can pick on each other, you know? You just have to deal with it."
MATT KENSETH WON THIS RACE A YEAR AGO. WHAT IS IT ABOUT KENSETH, THIS TEAM AND THIS TRACK THAT WORKS? "Well, Matt likes Dover and we've had a lot of success here, but we've also had a lot of bad days here -- we've had some trouble and wrecked some cars here. So, it's been good and bad to us. He enjoys racing here. You can race all over the race track and find a groove that fits your car and usually do pretty good, and Matt does a really good job at that."
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