The Front Row Motorsports pair of drivers head to Las Vegas this coming weekend, along with the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage. The second trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the 2018 season, and the opener to the MENCS playoffs have both drivers optimistic and ready for better results.
David Ragan on Las Vegas
No. 38 driver, David Ragan said he thinks a lot of things will be different on 2018 return trip to Vegas. “We haven’t been there when it’s been this hot,” he said.
“The Goodyear tires are going to experience something a little different than what we have in March. It will be really interesting to see how it correlates with the first race we had in Vegas this season.”
The Ragan added the No. 38 car will be different than the first Las Vegas weekend.
“We won’t be racing the exact same cars we raced in March,” he said.
“We have two or three different generations of some body builds, chassis updates and engine updates. And even some NASCAR rules have changed since March. It will be interesting to see who’s adapted well. I think the speeds will be a little different because of the temperature and because everybody’s got a little faster race car today than we had six months ago.”
Ragan Las Vegas Stats
David Ragan has a total of 12 starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including 1 top ten finish, finishing 7th.
Michael McDowell on Las Vegas
McDowell says it will be a different kind of weekend in Vegas this time.
“It will be over 100 degrees,” he said.
“We usually just go in February or March when it’s still winter and a nice and cool 75 degrees. But it’s going to be totally different in September. It’s definitely going to change. That track’s so fast and has so much grip. But we’ve seen it widen out a lot, and with that heat it’s going to be a really wide racetrack. I think it could be a great race.”
The Front Row Motorsports No. 34 driver said he is really looking forward to going back to the track for the second time this season.
“That was a really strong weekend for us the first time this year,” he said.
“We qualified in the top 20 and raced in the top 15, led 10 or 12 laps, and then we had an engine failure. That was probably our best race to date. So, I’m excited to go back to Vegas. A lot has changed, a lot of development. And now we have Speedco and Rotella on our No. 34 Ford, so we have new partners that we’ll want to show off running up front.”
The Front Row Motorsports No. 34 driver said it’s good to change the schedule up a bit.
“I know people don’t love it because we get into a habit, but I feel like mixing up events is good, and Vegas always draws a big crowd, and it will be interesting to see what happens when we go there twice.”
McDowell Las Vegas Stats
Michael McDowell has a total of 9 starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with a best finish of 18th.
McDowell will have two public appearances in the Las Vegas area this weekend:
Saturday, Sept. 15, 3pm – Love’s Travel Stops (12501 Apex Great Basin Way, North Las Vegas)
Sunday, Sept. 16, 9am – Ford Performance Display (Las Vegas Motor Speedway Fan Zone)