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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 04: David Ragan, driver of the #6 UPS Ford, poses during NASCAR media day at Daytona International Speedway on February 4, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)
Forget talent. Forget performance. Forget that you won a race last year in NASCAR's foremost series. That wasn't what mattered to many of the car owners who talked to David Ragan during his frustrating offseason search for a new job. Here's Ragan's wry assessment of the first few questions in a typical Sprint Cup job interview: " 'How much money do you have? Do you have a sponsor? How much money you got in your back pocket?' " Ragan said last week during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. "That is a big part of it. "These team owners want to know, 'Do you have any connections in the world of companies? Do you have any friends that are on marketing boards? Do you have any CEO buddies that are your next-door neighbor's cousin?' " During an offseason that found him second in the running for nearly every available Cup ride, Ragan finally landed at Front Row Motorsports, where he'll start the process of rebuilding his career. After five straight seaso...
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