David Ragan, Driver Of The No. 6 AAA Insurance Ford Fusion, Is In 13th Place In The Nascar Sprint Cup Standings, Just Seven Points Out Of The Chase'S Final Transfer Spot, Heading Into This Weekend'S Lifelock 400 At Michigan International Speedway.
David Ragan, Driver Of The No. 6 AAA Insurance Ford Fusion, Is In 13th Place In The Nascar Sprint Cup Standings, Just Seven Points Out Of The Chase'S Final Transfer Spot, Heading Into This Weekend'S Lifelock 400 At Michigan International Speedway. Ragan Met With The Media Before Saturday's Practice.
"We're here. It's not raining. I think out AAA Ford is pretty fast for this weekend. We've kind of struggled the past couple of weeks with mediocre, average runs, so I think important for us to get another and get a top-five, top-10, and try to help us out a little bit in the points."
WHEN YOU WOKE THIS MORNING, DID YOU THINK, 'HEY, IT DOESN'T RAIN HERE EVERY DAY, AFTERALL'? "I think I woke up to the ARCA cars cranking up this morning. That's a good feeling to wake up and see a clear blue sky. Certainly, that's good for us here, but also good for us in Kentucky, being that we won't be messing around here all day and mess us up getting down there tonight."
DO YOU STUDY THE POINTS STANDINGS? "I wouldn't say that I study the points, but I definitely notice them every week, just to see who gained us, who'd we gain on, and who we're racing against, who's close, who's not. So, definitely taking notice of things like that, and I'm sure that's something everyone does."
ARE YOU GETTING RECOGNIZED MORE NOW? "A little bit. That happens with time, and then certainly I'm pretty fortunate I've got some good sponsors that do a lot of work with the fans and with the traffic outside of the race tracks, and, so, slowly but surely. It's cool to be recognized and it's cool to be a fan favorite and things like that, but the bottom line is we're just here to try to race hard and win races and try run well, and everything else will usually take care of itself."
YOU WERE CALLED INTO AN INTERESTING MEETING YESTERDAY. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPEN MORE OFTEN? "I think it's good, anytime they have something to pass along to all the drivers and crew chiefs, and I think it's a great way to do things -- pretty straightforward, let's talk about it, we're all here under the same roof in one room and if anyone has anything to say, say it now, don't go out and run your mouth about it afterward. So, yeah, I'm all for stuff like that. I think good things come from sit-down meetings and I think we might see some of that stuff. We have one with our tea, every week, and I think anytime there's a problem, you should sit down and talk about it."
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE BEFORE YOU'RE COMFORTABLE WALKING AROUND IN THE GARAGE, TO WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU BELONG? ARE YOU THERE YET? "Probably halfway or toward the end of last season, you start coming to these races for a second time and you know your way around the garage, you just feel more comfortable.
DAVID RAGAN, continued -- "Speaking of garages, here at Michigan is probably some of the most confusing garages, getting in and getting around throughout the garage. So, just coming back for your second or your third time, you figure out how traffic flows easy and you feel more comfortable. Sure, the more you run, the better off you run, you get to race around different guys, different people throughout the garage. So, just time, it helps everything on and off the track, and it's usually about halfway, three-quarters of the way through last season."
TOMORROW IS FATHER'S DAY. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE INFLUENCE YOUR FATHER HAD ON YOUR CAREER? "Dad is certainly a David Ragan supporter, whatever I was doing -- whether I was racing or playing baseball or hanging around the house, he was a supporter of what I wanted to do. It's a good feeling to know that we take a lot of pride in remembering all of our fathers around, certainly, this weekend. I think it's important for them to be here and watching and hanging out. Certainly, we're all having a good time doing our thing, but I think he's having a good time just watching his son race. And I think he'd speak for all the fathers who are out there watching their kids race this weekend."
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