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May 17, 2013

David Ragan revisited

NASCAR's May 5, 2013 Talladega winner was WNY visitor in 2007



Here’s a segment from the official transcript of Fawber’s June 5, 2007 interview with Ragan.
Fawber: “Welcome to Western New York. Seen the Falls?”
Ragan: “No, it’s my first time here, actually. I’ve been to Lake Erie once and raced there about four years ago.”
Q: “What’s your favorite track?”
A: “As a rookie I’ve been to about half the race tracks. I like to tell everybody, ‘My favorite track is next week’s (laughs).’ I don’t really have a favorite track right now. I really like Atlanta and I really like Charlotte — just because they’re hometown tracks. I like the tracks that are fast and have a lot of banking in them. I guess you’ll have to get back to me — maybe in another year or so — on that one. “
Q: “How do you feel about the direction your team is going? You’ve had a few ups and downs, you’ve had a couple of nice finishes — other times, you’ve got caught up in things.”
A: “Yeah. I think we’ve had an average or maybe a little-better-than-average season. Certainly there’s a few runs we’re very proud of — a lot of top-15s, a top-five at Daytona in the opening race of the year ... “
Q: “Most definitely. That was a great run.”
A: “Yeah, so we’ve had some real strong runs, but then, like at Las Vegas, we really struggled. And at a couple of other tracks, we struggled for speed. But for the most part, we’ve had fast race cars. It’s just a matter of learning how to keep those race cars up front and out of trouble over the long course of the day. We know what areas we need to work on to be better and we’re comfortable in the top 30 in points. We’re out-running a lot of good cars every weekend. We just need to be a little bit better.”

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