David Ragan, driver of the No. 23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry, finished in the 29th position in
Saturday evening's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at Kansas Speedway. Teammate Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 83 Cosmo Motors Toyota Camry, finished in the 30th position.
"We had a hard fought 29th place finish tonight," Ragan said. "We had the
Dr Pepper Toyota fast at times and our pit crew did a great job all night."
"Our team fought hard all night," DiBenedetto said. "I made a mistake and got into the wall, hurting our car but the team was able to keep fighting and bring home a solid finish."
Matt DiBenedetto started the GoBowling.com 400 in 24th position after advancing to Round 2 of qualifying on Friday. Teammate David Ragan started the race from 34th position.
Just after the drop of the green flag, Ragan reported to crew chief Patrick Donahue that his car was "freeing up slowly" and he was confident he would get it as the race got underway. In the closing laps, as the leaders in front wrecked, Ragan picked up a bit of damage to the nose of the Dr Pepper Camry. Pitting for repairs, Ragan was able to continue on.
In the early stages of the event, DiBenedetto reported to crew chief Gene Nead that the Cosmo Motors Camry needed help turning in the center. Picking up some speed by switching his preferred line, DiBenedetto moved to the outside line.
As the field took the green flag with just 19 laps to go, Ragan and DiBenedetto battled hard to advance their positions in the closing laps of the GoBowling.com 400. Ragan finished 29th while DiBenedetto finished 30th and scored the team's fifth top-30 finishes of the season.
Next up, the NSCS heads to Dover International Speedway for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Race coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.
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