Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/24/14
STATESVILLE, N.C. – Like most drivers, David Ragan circles the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway race on the calendar as one to look forward to. But this year, he also put a question mark next to it. Without any Sprint Cup Series testing at the .533-mile oval in the new Gen-6 car, the driver says the short track will be the first “wild card” on the 2013 schedule. But he likes his chances. Ragan earned his second NASCAR win at the track in 2009 in the Nationwide Series. He has 12 Sprint Cup starts at Bristol with a top finish of 10th. Sunday’s race will mark the NASCAR debut of Dockside Logistics on the No. 34 Ford. The company provides distribution, warehouse services, port operations and transportation, serving the Southeast from Charleston, S.C.  Comments from Dockside Logistics team driver David Ragan heading to Bristol: “They altered the racetrack a little bit last year. And a lot of what you can do on track depends on what kind of tire Goodyear brings – how you can pass, how you race. But whoever gets their car to handle on the bottom is usually the car that can pass and run fast. It’s ironic that they altered the very top groove, then during the race that’s the groove that everyone wanted to be in. So it will be interesting to see how the racetrack has aged, what kind of tire Goodyear brings and how these new Gen-6 cars react. “I think Bristol could be one of the bigger wild cards in the first few races of the season. Goodyear had a test at Phoenix and a test at Vegas, but nothing at Bristol so far. So I think Bristol will be a pretty good wild card to see what we’ve got at a short track where the track’s been altered in the last year, the tire’s different and we have a different racecar. “Bristol, Richmond and Martinsville are some of my favorite races of the year. I like short-track racing. I like the atmosphere at a short track. Bristol always has passionate fans and it’s a great venue. So I’m absolutely a short track fan and I’m looking forward to going to Bristol. We’ll have Dockside Logistics on the car for the first time and I can’t think of a better track to introduce them to NASCAR at than Bristol.”
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

WATCH: Penguins commentator makes poor 'I can't breathe' joke

Would Percy Harvin take pay cut to return to Jets?

Nationals GM disappointed Bryce Harper missed NatsFest

Broncos to place Montee Ball on season-ending IR

Johnny Manziel could have made $8-10 million in college?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Will Muschamp says his only offer came from Auburn

NFL relocation to Los Angeles is gaining steam

Adrian Peterson to consider running in Olympics

Broncos sign CB Chris Harris to five-year extension

Floyd Mayweather wants to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 2

Braxton Miller's father says son will return to Ohio State

Melvin Gordon wishes he played more in record game

Prospective Las Vegas NHL owner would let fans name team

Will Muschamp already recruiting for Auburn

WATCH: Mavs play keep-away with Marreese Speights' shoe

WATCH: OSU's Sam Thompson throws down awesome dunk

WATCH: Glass shatters during ECHL game, injures fans

Urban Meyer boasts about his Ohio State accomplishments

Final Heisman Trophy projections

The five best rookie wide receivers of 2014

Current, former Auburn players react to Will Muschamp hiring

Nick Young after game-winner: I'm rough like Scott toilet paper

Sidney Crosby undergoing tests for the mumps

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

SEE: Announcer's 'I can't breathe' joke

Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

Muschamp already recruiting at new job

Nats GM 'disappointed' in Bryce Harper

Final Heisman Trophy projections

The five best rookie receivers of 2014

NFL relocation to LA looks likely

Peterson thinking about Olympics?

Brett Lawrie makes little girl's day

Braxton Miller returning to OSU?

Adrian Peterson appeal denied

Winners and losers of the Winter Meetings

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.