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This Week in Ford NNS Racing: David Ragan

David Ragan
David Ragan
March 5, 2008 - David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion, is coming off a 10th-place finish in last weekend’s Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and enters this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide event fifth in the point standings. Ragan, who cut his racing teeth at Atlanta Motor Speedway, recently recalled what those early years were like.

DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion – DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST TRIP TO ATLANTA AS A KID? “It was probably back with I was 12 years old and the first few races on the quarter-mile track at Atlanta was a tough task trying to figure out. I can remember tearing up a car in a heat race and then trying to get ready to run the feature. And then I remember the first time I made it through practice, then the heat race and then I won the feature. That was a lot of fun, so there are a lot of good memories from Atlanta and I look forward to going there again soon and picking up where we left off.”

IS THE FEELING YOU HAVE AS A 12 YEAR OLD LOOKING AT THE QUARTER-MILE TRACK FOR THE FIRST TIME THE SAME AS A CUP ROOKIE LOOKING AT THE BIG TRACK? “Yeah, that’s about right because you didn’t have much experience of really doing anything, so the first few laps were just trying to figure out where to go and how to drive and how to race other guys. Then by the time you got that figured out, it’s time to move on to the big track, so I think going there as a rookie last year I had somewhat the same kind of feeling.”

THERE WAS A LOT OF TALK IN LAS VEGAS FROM KURT AND KYLE BUSCH ABOUT HOW SPECIAL A WIN IN THEIR HOMETOWN WOULD BE. DOES ATLANTA HAVE THAT SAME MEANING FOR YOU? “Yeah, it’s very similar. Obviously, you have a lot of family and a lot of friends there that if you won, it would be a lot of fun. Certainly any win at the top level of NASCAR would be a good feeling, but if you can do it with friends and family to help you celebrate would just make it a lot better.”

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