Ragan 4th, Gilliland 15th in Wild Talladega Finish

David Gilliland

David Gilliland, No. 38 Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts Ford

Starting Position: 32

Finishing Position: 15

 

David Gilliland scored his second-best finish of the season during Sunday’s wild 500-mile race at the Talladega Superspeedway. After a last-lap wreck, involving nearly the entire field, Gilliland was scored in the 15th position once the smoke cleared.

 

Gilliland hung around the back of the pack for the majority of the race.  That was the plan for the Peanut Patch Ford team, as they wanted to avoid what happened on the last lap.  The team had very few issues during the race as they made scheduled stops for fuel and tires.  Gilliland was relatively happy with his car all afternoon.

 

The team did come down pit road once on Lap 184 for four tires after possibly running over debris from an accident.  Gilliland again lined up near the back.  The last four laps, Gilliland was making his way forward when the wreck happened.  Gilliland was able to avoid nearly half the field, but was still collected in the massive melee.  The team was scored in 15th once NASCAR officials determined the finishing order.

 

David Gilliland on Talladega:

 

“Wow, what a crazy finish.  We were so close to getting around it. I know Ragan did, and we were right there with him the whole race.  We had a good plan of just sitting in the back waiting for this to happen.  But, this wreck was so big that it was nearly impossible to get around it.  We still had a fast Peanut Patch Ford and came away with a good result. The strategy still paid off cause we weren’t wrecked as bad as most.” 

 

 

 

David Ragan, No. 34 8-Hour Alert Ford

David Ragan

Starting Position: 25

Finishing Position: 4

 

David Ragan scored Front Row Motorsports second-best finish in the young team’s history during Sunday’s Talladega 500. Ragan spun himself around the last-lap wreck to be scored in fourth at the end of the race.  It is Ragan’s 13th top-five in his Sprint Cup career.

 

For Front Row Motorsports, the finish again proves that the team is close to winning on a superspeedway. The company now has all it’s top-10 and top-five finishes at Talladega or Daytona.

 

Again, the team used the strategy of waiting until the final laps before showing it’s cards.  Always with fast superspeedway cars, Ragan and his 8-Hour Alert team stayed out of trouble all afternoon.  The team made minor adjustments and took fuel and tires on all scheduled stops.

 

Ragan made his move on the last laps and the 8-Hour Alert Ford came right through the wreck by going low.  He was clipped at the end, but was able to keep moving.  The caution came out and Ragan was scored in fourth.  It’s his best finish since a seventh at Talladega earlier this year.

 

David Ragan on Talladega:

“I’m glad we only do this four times a year on these superspeedways.  It’s a lot of stress, but we seem to manage great finishes.  In that respect, we’re pretty pumped.  This is one of the best finishes ever for Front Row Motorsports and it’s the best finish for 8-Hour Alert.  The car is beat up, but we don’t need it anymore with the new cars next year.  It was a wild finish, but it gave us a lot of excitement too.  A fourth is a great finish no matter how it comes.”

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