Tuesday, July 03, 2012

After 2011 Win, Ragan Ready For Daytona Return

A lot has changed for David Ragan in the last 12 months. One year ago this week, he drove Jack Roush’s No. 6 UPSFord into Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway, after claiming his first career Sprint Cup Series win in the Coke Zero 400.  

This week, he hopes to take a new team to the winner’s circle.
Ragan eyes a Daytona repeat
Ragan returns to Daytona tomorrow with Front Row Motorsports, an organization that has had encouraging success on restrictor plate tracks like Daytona. He will carry the colors of the new 8-Hour Alert brand for the second time this season, and said he is hungry for another checkered flag at the World Center of Racing.
"Once you get to Victory Lane in the Sprint Cup Series once, it's all you want to do again,” said Ragan. “At Front Row Motorsports, we've worked really hard to get in position to win certain races. The plate tracks are one of those events we focus on. Nothing would be better than to walk away with the trophy again, and I think it's very possible.
"I want to feel that emotion again of winning at Daytona. Last year, with my family in Victory Lane to enjoy it, I think it was cool for everyone. You only win you're first race once and I'll never forget it. But, it's time to win again.
"We're getting more and more support at Front Row, too. Our fans are getting more excited and we're really getting all our sponsors more involved. MHP will be on our car this weekend. They have powered our pit crews all year and now we'll have their 8-Hour Alert energy product on the car. It's a cool scheme and it will only look better in Victory Lane."
Crew chief Jay Guy called Daytona, “a race that is won back at the shop and on the last few laps. Everything else is just trying to be smart with your car. You need to be there at the end so you can't put yourself in a bad spot during the weekend. We've made the updates we needed and have it polished. It should be another fast car in the draft. We'll give the keys to David and let him do his thing. He has proven to know how to win this race."

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