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David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports - Q&A

You always believe that it can happen, but I don't know that I ever really practiced my victory lane speech in my head or anything. I didn't think about it that much. But absolutely, you believe in yourself, your team, and we're kind of leaders of our team, and we need to set a good example for our teammates and for our shop employees, so yeah, we've had the right attitude. We've felt that we could win at one of these speedway races or a road course or something like that, and I'm glad that we came through.

JAY GUY: We've worked really hard at Front Row on our speedway program because it's a great equalizer racing at Daytona and Talladega. This is our chance to shine, so we always put a little extra effort into these races. Did I think when I woke up this morning that we were going to be sitting here today? No. I thought we had a good shot at being in the top ten solidly. Last year we finished 7th and 4th, but that's last year. You can't live off what you did yesterday.

But I thought our pit crew has taken a big step forward, and our team has gotten stronger as a whole. I thought we had a chance, but to be up here today, I'd be lying if I said, yeah, I expected to be here.

Q:
Speaking of Chipper Jones [former Atlanta Braves player and grand marshall for todays race], he just congratulated you on Twitter.

David Ragan:
Thank you, Chipper!

Q:
Can you talk about what this win means as far as the future of your organization? You're going to have to go race next week. Does this matter?

David Ragan:
Oh, absolutely. It matters for our partners, our sponsors. It's tough to sell sponsorship for a team that's going to be 15th to 25th on average. We have higher goals, and we expect to improve, but it doesn't happen overnight, and it doesn't happen in one or two seasons.

All of our sponsors, Peanut Patch, one of our bigger sponsors that's going to be on the car next week, CSX that was on the car last week, Love's Travel Stops on David's car this weekend, it goes so far. I'm sure that Bob, our general manager Jerry Freeze can touch on that a little bit more. But it gives them the confidence that we haven't been telling them a story or we're lying to them. We know we're getting better, that we're working hard. They've took a chance on us, and we've worked hard and we've done what we said we're going to do. But it does help a lot in confidence. It goes a long way for our guys that work six days a week that don't get to enjoy the racetrack perks of traveling every weekend, they have to stay at the shop and work 50, 60 hours a week building these cars. It gives them some confidence and hope, and it's a big thing. Absolutely, it's a big thing.

Transcript courtesy NASCAR. FastScripts by ASAP Sports

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