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David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports - Q&A

Bob, you're not in here very often. We don't know a lot about you. Can you tell us about yourself and your background and the joys and frustrations about competing with nickels and dimes against teams that are doing it with bigger budgets?

BOB JENKINS: I wouldn't say it's nickels and dimes, but I will say this, in the racing graveyard, my epitaph won't be I won the most races or championships, but I want to be know as a team that did the most with the least. Every year we try to get better. We work within ourselves. The chassis we run we build, so we're not able to go out and buy products from other teams, and that's a disadvantage, but on a day like today it really makes you feel good because you know the equipment that you won the race with was what you built in your own shop.

That's what makes it so gratifying is to see these guys -- they make less than what a top-tier team would make, but they're still at the shop doing the same thing every day, and it paid off for them today. For me I'd much rather do it this way than to go out and write a check for top-tier equipment.

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Both you and David Gilliland immediately thanked God or a higher power. Both of you mentioned David versus Goliath. Does that make it even better when you invoke that imagery or something like what happened today?

David Ragan:
Absolutely. It's funny, we certainly have a lot to be thankful for, and we owe what we're doing here today to God and the Lord, and some of the drivers, myself, David, Trevor Bayne, Josh Wise, Michael McDowell, Sam Hornish Jr., we get together on a weekly basis and have a little Bible study and try to incorporate the good word amongst the commotion that we often have on race weekends.

But we're just here going through the motions and just trying to do the best we can with what we have to work with. Not only was someone watching over us on those last couple laps, but just the whole day today, the fans that stuck it out, the NASCAR officials, the corner workers, the Air Titan and jet dryer drivers, just everybody that made this day possible. It probably wasn't meant to be, but everyone had their hearts set on completing 500 miles here at Talladega. So it was special to do that, and we were in a position to give God the glory, and I'm thankful for that.

You can't do this without friends and teammates and people on your team, and I couldn't have won today's race without David. I know he wishes that he was sitting in my shoes right now, and I kind of wish that he would have had a chance to win the race, too. But man, it was a great finish, and I'm glad that he's thankful for finishing second. It makes it so much sweeter to get a one-two finish.

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A lot of veteran drivers when they win, they talk about how much they cherish the victory because they don't know whether they'll ever have another one again. Do you feel that way?

David Ragan:
Yeah, you cherish them a lot. You know, I won my first Nationwide race here four or five years ago, and I'm like man, I'm glad to get a NASCAR win. You don't want to be that guy that runs NASCAR, competes in NASCAR for a number of years and you don't win a race. I was like, man, I don't want to be that guy that runs a long time and never wins a Cup race. We finally get that one win in Cup and then you think to yourself, man, I don't want to be that guy that just wins one Cup race, I want to win two. So you're always thinking about that. Yeah, these wins are few and far between. I hear some of the older guys talk about it like a Bobby Labonte who made his 700th career start, Michael Waltrip, they say that kind of stuff. Right now I've already thought about Darlington and what we're going to do next Friday when we get to Darlington and unload, and the challenge that we're going to have there in the All-Star Race and stuff like that.

We're going to enjoy this, we're going to celebrate it, but I guarantee we're going to be at Front Row early in the morning. I know Jay is going to be there at 6:30 in the morning when we have our meeting, and we're going to be worried about Darlington. When I'm an old man and sitting around talking about these races, it'll mean a lot more then than it does today.

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