David Ragan and the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports team will welcome the change of scenery at Phoenix International Raceway. After falling victim to a multi-car, accordion-style pile-up in the season-opening Daytona 500 last weekend, Ragan looks forward to having more control of his own destiny on the flat, one-mile oval in Avondale, Ariz.
The lower banking and significantly slower speeds traditionally make racing at Phoenix more about finesse and handling and put a driver's fate more in his own hands. There will still be some unfamiliarity to overcome at Phoenix. Even though teams have become accustomed to a track reconfiguration completed in 2011, this weekend's race will be the first there in the new Gen-6 cars.
Ragan has 12 starts under his belt at PIR. He has one top-10 finish - a 10th-place run in 2008.
Comments from Front Row Motorsports team driver David Ragan heading to Phoenix:
"We're ready to begin 'the rest of the season.' So much work and ...