Statesville, N.C. – David Ragan is as eager as any other driver to get back to Daytona in July. Last year, Ragan won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the Coke Zero 400. He is now ready to come back and repeat the feat.
It was an emotional win for Ragan, a fan favorite, who won his first race in one of the most high-profile races on the Sprint Cup schedule and at the sports most hallowed track. He returns to Daytona with the up-and-coming Front Row Motorsports, an organization that has proved to be as strong as anyone on a plate track.
Ragan will also carry the new 8-Hour Alert brand on the car. A product of team sponsor MHP, 8-Hour Alert is sponsoring Ragan for the second time this season. 8-Hour Alert is a concentrated Bi-Layer Tablet that is designed for both fast-acting and long-lasting energizing power and mental alertness. Both will be needed this weekend at Daytona with pack racing expected to once again dominate the night.
David Ragan on Defending His Crown: “Once you get to victory lane in the Sprint Cup Series once, it’s all you want to do again. At Front Row Motorsports, we’ve worked really hard to get in position to win certain races. The plate tracks are one of those events we focus on. Nothing would be better than to walk away with the trophy again and I think it’s very possible.
“I just want to feel that emotion again of winning at Daytona. Last year, with my family in Victory Lane to enjoy it, I think it was cool for everyone. You only win you’re first race once and I’ll never forget it. But, it’s time to win again.
“We’re getting more and more support at Front Row too. Our fans are getting more excited and we’re really getting all our sponsors more involved. MHP will be on our car this weekend. They have powered our pit crews all year and now we’ll have their 8-Hour Alert energy product on the car. It’s a cool scheme and it will only look better in Victory Lane.”
Crew chief Jay Guy on Daytona: “Daytona is a place that is won back at the shop and on the last few laps. Everything else is just trying to be smart with your car. You need to be there at the end so you can’t put yourself in a bad spot during the weekend. We’ve made the updates we needed and have it polished. It should be another fast car in the draft. We’ll give the keys to David and let him do his thing. He has proven to know how to win this race.”