Ragan - Ford interview 2009-05-19

This Week in Ford Racing David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion, finished 10th and 12th in the two races at Lowe's Motor Speedway last year. After just missing out on the Chase in '08, Ragan is tied for 31st place in the points ...

This Week in Ford Racing

David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion, finished 10th and 12th in the two races at Lowe's Motor Speedway last year. After just missing out on the Chase in '08, Ragan is tied for 31st place in the points standings after the first 11 races of '09.

DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion

ONE OF YOUR TEAMMATES, MATT KENSETH, RAN WELL AT LOWE'S LAST SATURDAY NIGHT, FINISHING SECOND IN THE ALL-STAR RACE. DOES THAT BODE WELL FOR YOU THIS WEEKEND? "Absolutely. Any time that a Roush Fenway Ford can go out and be competitive, we can learn from what they do. As a whole, we haven't been as fast as we should be at a lot of race tracks this year. It was frustrating Saturday night to make some adjustments on our car, try to get our UPS Ford in the big show, and just not be good enough when it counted. I think we learned a lot as a race team, which was a great test session for us for the big race that really counts next week. But Matt and those guys had some different things going on and I'm sure that we can learn from them, and I hope we'll be good as a team for the Coke 600."

HOW FRUSTRATING HAS THE START OF THIS SEASON BEEN? "We've had some bad racing luck, and that stuff tends to happen in motorsports sometimes, but we've got to keep working hard and keep focused. There's still a lot of racing left in the year, and we can still finish the year on a good note and this can still be a positive year. Still, we're not out of the Chase, we can still win some races, and that's what's important for our UPS team. We've just got to keep working, keep trying to develop these race cars, and also we can't forget where we were at a year ago, what was very successful and very fast. So, it has been disappointing at times, but we're working as hard as we've ever worked on our UPS team, and we're very confident that we can get some of these Fords back to Victory Lane."

THE TRACK SEEMS TO HAVE WEATHERED IN AT LOWE'S. THERE WAS GOOD RACING ON DIFFERENT LINES. "Any race track that does get paved, it's always really tricky the first year or two, and the longer we continue to go back, the more the race track weathers, the better off the racing is. And you see that Darlington, the second year was a lot better than the first, Talladega, Vegas - a lot of these race tracks that have been paved recently have shown some promise in the following year, and I think Lowe's is a prime example. As soon as we get our cars figured out, where they drive a little bit better, I think you'll be able to see some more racing side-by- side and two- and three-wide. So, Charlotte is an excellent place to race, and it should be a lot of fun."

IS THERE ANY SPECIAL STRATEGY TO RUNNING A 600-MILE RACE? WHEN THEY SAY, "HALFWAY," YOU'VE ALREADY PRETTY MUCH RUN AN ENTIRE RACE. "Just be there at the end. Just be around and have all four fenders on the race car, and be there at the end. We've had some success at the Coca-Cola 600 and it's one of my favorite races of the year, just because you go through so much drama the whole race. You can have a bad first half and come back in the second half and win the race. It's competitive and a lot of fun racing in front of a lot of people, and we're looking to our UPS car being fast."

-credit: ford racing

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