David Ragan/Aaron’s Dream Machine Richmond Preview

CORNELIUS, N.C. — It’s all on the line Saturday night for No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver David Ragan and other drivers at Richmond International Raceway in the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season.

Ragan is one of about a dozen drivers who know the only way they will join in the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is by winning at the .75-mile, D-shaped oval.

Ragan says racing when the pressure is on is nothing new to any Sprint Cup driver.

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“Ever since each of us climbed in a race car we’ve wanted to win every race,” said Ragan. “So, Saturday night will be no different. The rewards are far greater, but every weekend we do the things we need to do to win.

“There’s nothing I’d like more than to win Saturday night for Aaron’s, Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota. We’re going to give it our best shot.”

Ragan said the importance of Saturday’s race combined with the nature of short track racing should make for an exciting event, before the 10-race Chase begins.

“You saw how good of a race it was at Darlington and I expect it will be even better at Richmond. The racing of late has been pretty good. I think the fans will get their money’s worth and more.”

The Michael Waltrip Racing driver has raced in the top 10 and at times looked like a top five-car at recent races, but accidents have ruined good runs.

Ragan was spun running in the top-five at Bristol. Saturday night in Darlington, he drove from 21st to tenth in the first 30 laps and climbed to ninth before an accident.

“We had a really fast Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota at Darlington and on a long run I felt like we had a top-six or seven car, but overall I felt like we had a 10th to 12th-place car. Hadn’t put a scratch on our car all night then got loose off turn four and hit pretty good. The car was still decent then we were wrecked a few laps later,” he said.

“We’ve shown we have the speed, we just need to put a full race together and I’d love for us to do that Saturday night in Richmond.”


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· No. 55 CREW CHIEF BRIAN PATTIE: Pattie, 40, joined MWR in 2012 when it formed the No. 15 team-leading driver Clint Bowyer to three victories and a second-place finish in the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Zephyrhills, Fla., native began crew chief duties in the XFINITY Series for Joe Nemechek’s NEMCO Motorsports in 1997 before moving to a similar role at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in 2004. In May 2008, he moved to the Sprint Cup Series with driver Juan Montoya. The duo earned a berth in the 2009 Chase and a win at Watkins Glen in 2010. Pattie owns four Sprint Cup and 10 XFINITY Series victories as a crew chief. The father of four is an avid golfer and supporter of the Florida State Seminoles. In June 2015, MWR paired Pattie with David Ragan on its No. 55 team.

· 55 CREW:
Brian Pattie
Crew Chief
Ryan Langley
Front Tire Changer
Chris Hall
Front Tire Carrier
Shannon Myers
Rear Tire Changer
Blake Haugland
Rear Tire Carrier
Wes Evans
Jack Man
Jeff Kerr
Gas Man
Steve Channing
Car Chief
David Cropps
Interior Mechanic
Roman Pemberton
Brandon Pope
Tim O’Brien
Jeremy Sharpley
Shock Specialist
Billy Curwood
Kevin White
Front Mechanic
Joe Zanolini
Rear Mechanic
Scott Swift
Tire Specialist
Kirk Butterfield
Tim Bruce
Stump Lewis
Truck Driver
Al Nelson
2nd Truck Driver


Friday, Sept. 11
10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN
Noon, NASCAR K&N Series West: Meridian (re-air), NBCSN
1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN
3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN
5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN
5:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN
7 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN
7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Virginia529 College Savings 250, NBCSN

Saturday, Sept. 12
4 p.m., NASCAR Race Day, FOX Sports 2
5 p.m., NASCAR America Saturday, NBCSN
7 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Countdown to Green, NBCSN
7:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400, NBCSN
11 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN
3 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1

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