Coke Zero 400 Recap

David Ragan, No. 34 MHP 8-Hour Alert Ford

Starting Position: 27

Finishing Position: 26

 

The defending race winner of the Coke Zero 400 at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway came into Saturday night’s race with confidence he could repeat the performance.  He had a fast 8-Hour Alert Ford throughout the weekend and just needed some “racing luck” to avoid the wrecks that we are all used to at plate tracks.

 

Unfortunately, lady luck didn’t dance with Ragan Saturday night after being involved in a 14-car accident on Lap 154 of the 160-lap race.  Ragan’s Ford suffered front end damage, but the team was able to make enough repairs for him to run the last lap and finish 26th.

 

The team did lead one lap in the race and gained a bonus point.  He remains 29th in points.

David Ragan Comments after Daytona:

“That’s really frustrating.  We needed four tires to race up there so we had to pit right before the accident.  We were near the back of the pack, but I thought we were in a good position to make a move with a handful of laps left.  We wanted to be higher up, but it didn’t matter.  Half the field wrecked tonight, but it’s good that we were able to get back out on the last lap and finish.”

David Gilliland, No. 38 Glory Foods FordStarting Position: 32Finishing Position: 31 

Driving the No. 38 Glory Foods Ford, Gilliland had one of the best cars he has had all season.  Running a conservatie race throughout the event, Gilliland said he was able to race to the front when he wanted.  Instead, like eventual race winner, Gilliland stayed in the back of the pack with Tony Stewart for the majority of the race.

 

As the race came to a close Gilliland was ready to make his move.  But, like Ragan, was also collected in the 14-car accident.  It was also frustrating for the team after having such a good car.

 

David Gilliland Comments after Daytona:

 

“It looked like the 11 got turned and I was on the brakes.  I felt like I made it 95 percent through and then a car clipped me right at the end from the outside.  Our car was really good.  We had a fast car and feel like we had a good shot at the end.  I felt like we put ourselves in good position, but it’s just one of those Daytona deals.”

About Front Row Motorsports:Front Row Motorsports is a Statesville, N.C.-based race team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Formed in 2005 by restaurant and transportation entrepreneur Bob Jenkins, the team has competed in NASCAR racing in each year since its inception, expanding full-time to the premier Sprint Cup Series in 2009. The team partners with ModSpace, MHP, Scorpion Coatings, Ford Racing and Roush-Yates Racing Engines to field the No. 34 Ford driven by David Ragan and the No. 38 Ford driven by David Gilliland. For sponsorship inquiries contact Mike Laheta, Director of Marketing and Business Affairs, at (440) 773-2701 (440) 773-2701.

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