Ragan on Chicago
"We've got a new partner with our 38 team for the Chicago race weekend. Connor Co. is a distributor of heating, cooling, plumbing and industrial products -- a family-owned business that has been around for over 80 years. And they're headquartered nearby in Peoria, Illinois, so this will be a home race for them. They've got a big group coming out to the track for the race, and we're excited to welcome them to the sport and the Front Row family.
"The Chicago market has a lot of big NASCAR fans in that area and a lot of history with NASCAR racing dating all the way back to the 60s and 70s maybe at Soldier Field. Chicago’s a fun track. It’s worn out. It races a lot like Atlanta. It’s really bumpy, and it’s really aged well with multiple grooves. It’ll be a different challenge in the hot summer month of July, but it should be fun. We might have more of a temperature swing from midday to the afternoon and evening. I think you might see maybe a little slower speeds compared to last year, just because it’s a little hotter outside.
"Before we even get on track, we're going to have some fun on Friday. I'm going to be driving our No. 38 team hauler in the hauler parade Friday afternoon. Fans might remember I drove our hauler across the country to Sonoma a few years back. This trip will be a whole lot shorter, I'm happy to say. But it will be fun to be back in the driver's seat of our Peterbilt and say hello to all the fans along the parade route."
Ragan Chicago Stats
11 starts, 1 top-10, 4 top-15s
Best finish: 8th
Friday, June 29, 2pm - Chicagoland Speedway Hauler Parade (Champions Park, Chicagoland Speedway)