David Ragan is one of the talented & experienced drivers over in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
He currently races in the No.38 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports where his Superspeedway expertise has helped him become one of the household names in the sport.
Ragan recently came off from a great weekend from Kansas Speedway where he finished in 13th place.
In an exclusive interview for the Overseas Charlottean, I’ve sent some questions where I asked him about a variety of topics:
- David Ragan’s progress on the race track
- Helping a hand in the community
- His Superspeedway experience & how will it be crucial for the next upcoming set of races
- Thoughts on Jack Roush and team-mate Michael McDowell
- Will he come ever back at Roush Fenway Racing?
1. How excited are you to see Matt Kenseth return to the Cup Series with Roush Fenway Racing on a part-time basis?
I’m excited. Matt’s a great competitor, friend, smart race car driver, very talented Hall of Famer in the sport of NASCAR.
I think it’s great to have Matt in a car to help diagnose some of the issues that Roush had with their race cars.
Hopefully, Kenseth’s experience will improve them some.
And our relationship with Roush Fenway Racing on any improvements that they make on their race cars that will benefit our program at Front Row Motorsports.
2. Evaluate how did you go in the No.38 car with the positives and weaknesses at Dover two weeks ago?
Dover was a struggle for us in the No.38 car where he had short-run speed and ran decent lap times for about 15-20-25 laps.
But as the track took rubber, our tire pressure’s, heat & tire grew.
We only don’t have any rear grip & got loose in the long run, so Dover wasn’t a great track for us.
But at Kansas, this was a great track where he had brilliant long run speed.
It allowed us to stay on the lead lap for the majority of the race and 13th.
That weekend at Kansas was an excellent race for us.
3. Looking back at your superspeedway experience, you now have four of your last Top 10 finishes at your specialist area, How confident are you going into the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July?
I enjoy going to Speedway tracks where we feel like our Fords had a lot of speed there.
The engine looks very reliable; the Ford body performs well at the speedways.
I understand the risk at Daytona is that you can get caught up in the wrecks very quick and easy.
You don’t have a lot of room to navigate when another driver is wrecking in front of you.
Hopefully, we can have a fast Ford, stay up front and lead out some laps to stay out of trouble.
4. Let’s talk about off the race track, how inspiring is it when you took time off during some weekdays and help out for people who are sick?
I enjoy visiting the Shriner’s Hospital for Children where they do great work for kids all around the country that specialize orthopedic needs & burns.
So it’s great to see the patients and how happy they are and how the Shriner’s live a healthy life.
5. Why do you think Jack Roush deserves to have a spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame after the time he went through during your time at Roush?
Yes, Jack Roush does deserve to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
He has an outstanding career having developed drivers, mechanics, crew chiefs, engineers, winning a lot of races, championships and multiple awards across all three series**.
I hope Jack goes into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this year.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY and Truck Series.**
6.How was it like working with Michael McDowell?
I like working with Michael McDowell who has brought a lot of to our race team (Front Row).
He’s very much a hard worker & smart driver where I think he’s passionate about the sport of NASCAR.
So, McDowell has elevated all of our standards at Front Row Motorsports to work harder & pay attention to details.
He also brings things from a little perspective being he’s a road course racer v my oval and short track background.
I think that partnership is a right combination where we’re friends off the race track.
Michael McDowell has a lot of excellent characteristics that make him a great driver and a better team-mate.
So, I’m happy to have him onboard.
7. Looking forward to the next set of 1.5-mile plus tracks, how confident are you in racing those type of races with superspeedway experience such as Charlotte, Pocono, and Michigan?
We’re looking forward to the Charlotte race weekend (All-Star and Coca-Cola 600 races).
Pocono and Michigan, we all get into the meat of the summer schedule.
That’s an excellent time for our Series where we race every consecutive week.
Kids are out of school, and a lot of fans are coming on the race track.
So we’re looking forward to these 1.5 and 2-mile race tracks over the next few weeks.
Hopefully, our Fords were getting a little bit faster at Front Row Motorsports where we can compete for some good runs.
8. If Roush Fenway re-opened up an opportunity for you to drive a third car, why or why not would you come back to the team that helped you a couple of years ago this time as an experienced driver than before?
I’m happy at Front Row Motorsports, and I hope that I can stay there & finish my career off.
END OF QUESTIONS
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