Auto Club Speedway is rough, worn out and abrasive, but David Ragan is looking forward to racing on the two-mile oval in Fontana, Calif. The character-filled track will be a good test of Front Row Motorsports' new Ford Fusions and how they handle on an intermediate track.
The team made strides in the off-season to improve the aero platform for its cars, which the team builds in-house at its Statesville, N.C., shop. But, like every other team in the Sprint Cup Series, the team is still learning and adapting as the Gen-6 car makes its debut at each new track where the series races.
Sunday's Auto Club 400 will be Ragan's 11th start at the Southern California speedway. He has one top-10 and four top-15 finishes at the track, with a top result of seventh (2009).
Comments from Front Row Motorsports team driver David Ragan heading to Fontana:
"Going to Fontana, by then we should have a pretty good notebook of what the car's done, how it's reacted, what kind...