David Ragan Has Eyes On The September Race

David Ragan knows how important testing is here in preparation for the "Last Race to Make the Chase"


David Ragan, driver of the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, laid down some laps during Sprint Cup Series testing yesterday at Richmond International Raceway. Ragan, who has three top-five finishes at RIR, knows how important testing is here in preparation for the “Last Race to Make the Chase.”

“Richmond is one of my favorite tracks. I love coming here, and that Richmond fall race is an important race,” said Ragan. “It is the race that obviously sets the Chase for the Championship. If you are on the line from a points perspective or if you haven’t won a race yet, and you’re trying to race your way into the Chase, it’s so important. I think it’s important we are here today and yesterday running through some different set ups and different combinations with our Aaron’s Dream Machine.”

Ragan’s mind will be on one thing when he returns here in the fall: making The Chase. Today’s test allowed him and other drivers to learn valuable information to put their best effort forward to make the grid in September.

“Some of the things we will learn today can carry over to some of the other race tracks for sure, but definitely coming back here in September,” said Ragan. “It’s an important race for us, it would be great to be locked into The Chase. I guarantee there will be a lot of people racing very, very hard for a win.”

Ragan will be a part of the action to get into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship when the Sprint Cup Series returns on Saturday, September 12th “under the lights.”

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