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Team Interstate: Wild Ride in Talladega

May 4th, 2015 by
Team Interstate's David Ragan during practice at Talladega Superspeedway. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Team Interstate’s David Ragan during practice at Talladega Superspeedway. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

David Ragan had the Talladega race circled on his calendar for good reason: He’s won twice at restrictor-plate tracks, and this was his last big hurrah in the No. 18 Pedigree/Interstate Batteries Toyota before moving on to the No. 55 car for the rest of the season.

Unfortunately, “The Big One” struck on lap 47 – a wreck involving 15 of the 43 cars in the field – and David was caught up in it, with his car suffering heavy damage.

“It looked like the 6 (Trevor Bayne) car and maybe another white car got turned sideways down the back straightaway, and we were in the top groove and tried to slow down,” David said. “Someone on our left side just kind of came across our nose. It’s very unfortunate with our Pedigree Toyota. I felt like we had some good speed. Just one of those things at Talladega – if you’re not up in the top-two or three or if you’re not running 38th to 40th, then you’re very subject to being involved in some accidents like that. Just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but had a good run with the 18 guys.

“I’m very thankful for everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing, M&M’s/Mars, Pedigree, SNICKERS, and Interstate Batteries for their support. We had a lot of fun. We didn’t end on a good note, but you have that at Talladega sometimes.”

Erik Jones will take over the No. 18 car this week in Kansas as Kyle Busch continues to recover from injuries suffered at Daytona.

David’s teammates Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards finished 9th, 25th and 32nd, respectively, on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race.

RaceRecap-Talladega

 NASCAR Xfinity Series

Talladega Superspeedway

  • 18 – Daniel Suarez – 31st
  • 20 – Erik Jones – 30th
  • 54 – Boris Said – 16th

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  • 23 – Weston Peick – 3rd
  • 51 – Justin Barcia – 8th

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