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Handy: Why David Ragan is a Solid Pick for Talladega

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is headed to Alabama for the final time this season for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 from Talladega Super Speedway.

As any plate track race has proven it’s where the underdog drivers can competitively contend for a win.

David Ragan is one of those drivers and he’s seen plenty of success through out his career at the 2.66-mile track.

If you’re a little unsure of who you should keep an eye on this weekend, the 32-year old Georgia native is a solid pick and here’s why.

In 32 MENCS starts at the track, Ragan has 1 win which he captured in the Spring race in 2013. The victory was the first win for Front Row Motorsports in NASCAR’s premiere series.

To add to Ragan’s Talladega resume he has 4 top-5’s, and 10 top-10 finishes in a Cup car.

Ragan has also seen success in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition at the track where he has earned 1 win, 3 top-5’s and 3 top-10 finishes in four starts.

Ragan is carrying momentum from his solid sixth place finish in the Spring race at Dega.

The veteran driver will look to capture his third MENCS victory and his second with FRM.

Ragan and FRM welcome 1000Bulbs.com back on board the No. 38 Ford. The company is sponsoring the race as well so Ragan will look to give them a strong finish and possibly the win.

In the last three races at Talladega, Ragan hasn’t finished worse than 10th.

I look for Ragan to be a serious contender on Sunday afternoon and a driver that fellow competitors will work with including his teammate at FRM, Michael McDowell.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Ragan some questions on Talladega and his season up to this point. Here is what he had to say.

Sarah Handy: Does the run you had in April help carry over any momentum to this week’s race?

David Ragan: We always run well at the superspeedways, so we always go into Talladega and Daytona with a lot of confidence. We know these are races where we can race for stage points and stage wins and just have a good points day overall as long as we avoid the ‘big ones.’

SH: With the success you’ve had at both Talladega and Daytona, would you say you enjoy the racing they both provide?

DR: I do. I’m not saying I’d want to race there 36 times a year, but I do enjoy this style of racing when we get to go to these tracks. A lot of drivers have very negative feelings about the superspeedways, and they can’t wait to get past them. But at Front Row Motorsports, we go there thinking we can win. And if we have the right strategy, make the right moves and don’t do anything dumb, we absolutely can put ourselves in a position to win.

SH: You and your team have had a pretty good year and some really solid finishes. How would you recap the year up to this point?

DR: We’ve made a lot of progress this year. We had some goals of making it to the second round of qualifying more than we did last year, which we did. We had a goal of achieving more top-20 finishes, which we did. And now we just want to finish the year with both of us in the top 25 in points. We’re close but have a little more work to do. So, I’d say we’ve had a pretty successful year.

No, we didn’t go out and contend for a championship, but that wasn’t our goal. We made reasonable goals for a team of our size, and we’re on our way to hitting those. Bob Jenkins starting running this team full-time in 2009, and a lot of teams have started up and shut down during that time. But he’s a smart man who’s doing things the right way, growing year to year and building a team that can stick around for the long haul and one day contend for championships.

If you’d like to follow David and Front Row Motorsports on their social media platforms and don’t already I’ve provided the information below.

David Ragan:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DavidRaganPage
Twitter: @DavidRagan
Instagram: @davidlragan

Front Row Motorsports:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports
Twitter: @Team_FRM
Instagram: @team_frm

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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