Georgia-based Farm Rich is teaming up with Unadilla, Ga., native David Ragan for this weekend’s high-speed action at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway – a track where he has a history of finishing up front.
“Our Talladega cars are looking good,” stated Ragan. “Our guys at the shop have worked hard getting those things fixed from Daytona. We just need to be there at the end. Speedway racing is a lot of fun for me. But at the same time it can be pretty frustrating if you’re listening to the finish on the radio while you’re going back to the airport. We just need to be cool and play it safe for the whole race and be there for the last fuel run.”
The Aaron’s 499 race weekend will be the first time Farm Rich has partnered with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. Farm Rich makes wholesome, great-tasting frozen snack and appetizer products such as Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks, Meatballs and Jalapeño Peppers. They are sold at grocery and club stores nationwide.
“Farm Rich is really happy to be involved with David Ragan, the No. 34 team and Front Row Motorsports,” said Shannon Gilreath, Senior Brand Manager for Farm Rich. “Farm Rich fans love NASCAR, so this is a great way to put two of their favorite things together. It’s going to be a great race and we think fans will be excited to see Farm Rich on the No. 34 car.”
Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 will be Ragan’s 13th Sprint Cup start at the 2.66-mile tri-oval, and Victory Lane could certainly be in Farm Rich and Ragan’s sights. The 27-year-old driver has collected three top-five and five top-10 finishes at Talladega, including seventh- and fourth-place finishes in his last two trips to the superspeedway. His top career finish was a third-place result in 2008.
“Talladega’s got a lot of grip,” Ragan added. “It’s newly repaved a few years ago, so handling doesn’t come into play as much, but it always provides for a good race. There’s always a lot of strategy, from the leader to the guy running 20th to the guy running 30th that’s saving his equipment ’til the end of the race. Everyone’s on a little different strategy and that makes it interesting. It’s fun to watch. The cars are going to be fast, they’re going to be fun to drive, but there’s a lot of things that can go wrong if you don’t make the right decisions behind the wheel and on top of the pit box.”
The Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 5th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
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