David Ragan, driver of the No. 34 Taco Bell Ford, comments on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
“The mile-and-a-half tracks have definitely been what Front Row Motorsports has needed to work the hardest on. And we’ve done that this off-season to try to improve our race cars and try to go with a different approach to some of these tracks. Obviously with the new rule changes, the ride-height rules, the way that NASCAR is going to police the cars before and after the race, there are going to be some changes to adjust to.
“We’re fortunate we have an open test day Thursday at Las Vegas, so that will give our team a chance to make some laps and learn a few things. But we’ve definitely got a lot of work ahead of us. The first few races of the year definitely put everybody to a test, traveling across the country, learning as much as we can and seeing how fast we can get our Fords.
“We’ll have Barletta Engineering and Schwarze Industries on our No. 34 car as associate sponsors. They’re both celebrating big anniversaries as companies this year, so we’ll hope to give them a good run to mark the occasions.”
JUST THE FACTS: Ragan has seven Sprint Cup career starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … His best finish at the 1.5-mile oval is seventh (2008) … Taco Bell returns for its first race on the No. 34 Ford with a new black and purple paint scheme.
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