Saturday night, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race under the Kansas Speedway lights. The duo of Ford drivers for Front Row Motorsports both think they are ready for good performances.
Ragan on Kansas
Ragan said the 2017 Kansas race was a great race for him.
“You can run the middle, the top, the bottom,” Ragan said.
“And our Front Row cars have run well there the last couple years. We’ve worked really hard on our mile-and-a-half program, and I think we’ve been able to see some of the fruits of the labor. So, we’re excited to get to Kansas and see where our cars have evolved.”
Ragan said that the 1.5 mile tracks are plentiful for the summer.
“Kansas is a race where, after we’ve had some short tracks and a superspeedway at Talladega, we’ve had some time to work on our cars after the Texas race and improve them,” he said.
“It’s always fun to unload and see those first couple of laps how we stack up.”
The Kansas Speedway track was repaved almost 7 years ago. Ragan said the track was immediately “super fast,” but the drivers were “glued to the bottom.”
“I think the hot Kansas summers and cool winters have aged that asphalt at a faster rate than maybe Michigan or Last Vegas or Charlotte did,” he said.
Ragan noted that Kansas has pretty much caught up with the other tracks from a grip level and tire wire perspective.
“It allows Goodyear to bring a little more aggressive tire,” Ragain said.
“We’re still really fast, but it does provide for a good race.”
Ford Performance Appearance
Ragan will also make an appearance at the Ford Performance display in the Kansas Speedway Fan Zone on Saturday, May 12 at 3:45 pm.
Michael McDowell on Kansas
The newer of the two Front Row Motorsports driver, Michael McDowell also is ready for the Kansas track.
“Kansas Speedway has got some age on it and multiple lanes now, which is great,” McDowell said.
“Last year, Kansas was my best mile-and-a-half result. So, I’m really looking forward to going back there in our Love’s Travel Stops Ford.”
McDowell said Kansas, along with Charlotte and Texas are all pretty important on the schedule since they’re 1.5 tracks the MENCS goes to twice every year.
“If you can get your package dialed in for those tracks, I feel like you can score a lot of points and get some good results on the board. And that’s really important for us.”
Ignition Garage Appearance
Like his Front Row Motorsports teammate, McDowell will also make an appearance to meet fans at the Kansas race track. On Saturday, May 12 at 3:45 pm, McDowell will meet fans at the Ignition Garage in the Kansas Speedway infield.
Front Row Driver Results
Ragan’s best finish at Kansas was an 8th place finish in 18 starts. He has 18 starts, 1 top-10, 2 top-15s, 8 top-20s.
McDowell has 13 starts, and a best finish of 13 at Kansas Speedway. He has 1 top-15, and a pair of top 20’s.
Qualifying for the KC Masterpiece will be this Friday, May 11 at 6:45 pm with television coverage on FS1, and radio coverage on MRN/Sirius/XM Radio.