David Ragan/Aaron’s Dream Machine AAA 400 Preview

CORNELIUS, N.C.  —  No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver David Ragan visits the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

The concrete, high-banked track is among Ragan’s favorites on the circuit.

“For a driver, Dover is one of the most challenging tracks we race on,” Ragan said.

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“The track changes throughout the day and you have to really be in tune to keep up with the changes. Between the tire rubber accumulating on the track, the sun going behind a cloud and some other things, it is a constant challenge. That’s kind of the fun of the place. The drivers and teams that adjust will do well.”

Ragan tested at Dover then finished 13th in the May 31 race. He has even higher expectations this time.

“I felt like we had about a 10th- to 15th-place car on the short runs, but we were really good on the long runs. I felt like that was our strong suit,” he said. “But, In order to win these races you’ve got to be perfect.”

Ragan’s Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Clint Bowyer needs a strong effort and some luck to advance from 16th place in the Chase to the top 12 and advance to the next round of competition.

Ragan said he’ll work with Bowyer on car setup Friday and Saturday in Dover then run as well as he can Sunday.

“Ever since this Chase began I said our job is to go out there and win races and do well to reward Aaron’s and everyone at Michael Waltrip Racing. If we can’t win then our next goal is to finish ahead of all those guys Clint is chasing.”


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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, Oct. 2
11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN
1:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN
3:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN
5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN

Saturday, Oct. 3
11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC
Noon, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS2
12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN
1:30 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN
2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN
3 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN
3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 200, NBCSN
7 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS2
10 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350, FS1

Sunday, Oct. 4
11:30 a.m., NASCAR Race Day, FS1
1:30 p.m., NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN
2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Countdown to Green, NBCSN
2:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400, NBCSN
6 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN
6:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN
11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN
12:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

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