BK Racing teammates talk Daytona
David Ragan leads Matt DiBenedetto during practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
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By Dominic Aragon
July 1, 2016

David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto will be among the 40 starters in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, and a victory at the speedway could propel one of them to a Chase berth in September.

Ragan currently sits 29th in driver’s standings, 17 points inside the top-30. A two-time Sprint Cup Series winner at restrictor plate venues, the driver said he and his team see Saturday’s race as a chance to earn a playoff spot.

“We look at those speedways and that’s an opportunity where the restrictor plates is a big equalizer for everyone,” Ragan said.

David Ragan
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“Again, you have to have some luck, can’t get caught up in a wreck or get caught with damage or something like that.

“If you can play your cards right and have some track position towards the end of the race, absolutely, we could steal a win, that would be fun.”

Matt DiBenedetto
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DiBendetto currently sits 34th in driver’s standings, 37 points behind 30th in points Brian Scott. A victory could propel he and his No. 83 team into the Chase Saturday, but the team would have to maintain a top-30 position in points.

The driver says there’s a chance at victory, but gave his take on racing at superspeedways.

“They are a good opportunity,” he said.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of superspeedway racing. I guess it would change my mind if I had a little bit better luck on them sometimes, but we’ve crashed in both speedway races this year.

“One, I got tangled, caught up in a wreck with Dale [Earnhardt] Jr. and then, the beginning of the year, we crashed, so they’re tough man. It’s either—typically they’re either going to be a good day for you or a really bad day, there’s not a lot of in between.”
Which driver will finish higher at Daytona Saturday?
David Ragan
Matt DiBenedetto