STATESVILLE -- When David Ragan was at Texas Motor Speedway one year ago, the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup field was lining up behind him. The big, fast oval in Fort Worth was the scene of the first of Ragan's two poles on the 2011 season.
Ragan returns to the 1.5-mile track for Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500 in the No. 34 Ford of Front Row Motorsports.
Scorpion Truck Bed Liners returns to Ragan's Ford Fusion for the race weekend in a newly added race to its sponsorship schedule after making its NASCAR debut in the season-opening Daytona 500.
The Cloverdale-based company will also be on the No. 34 car for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scorpion is the official bed liner, window film and protective coatings line of Ragan and Front Row Motorsports.
"Scorpion is very excited to be working with Front Row Motorsports and the No. 34 car of David Ragan again in Texas," said Clayton Tomasino, CEO of Scorpion. "It's been great to see the fans embrace our brand and show their support through social media and elsewhere and we look forward to that support growing even more."
Ragan has a history of speed at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to claiming the pole in the 2011 spring race, he has earned two top-10 and seven top-15 finishes in his 10 Cup career starts at the track.
"It's great to have Scorpion Truck Bed Liners back on our No. 34 Ford Fusion," Ragan said. "We had them with us down in Daytona for their very first NASCAR race and we're excited to have them back.
"It's always good to bring a new sponsor to the sport, and it's even better when they come back and say they want to do more. They've got some pretty cool products in their bed liners, window films and other protective coatings, so we hope to send some new customers their way.
Ragan said fans should take notice of the car Saturday night.
"That orange-and-black paint scheme will look great under the lights at Texas, too," Ragan said. "Night racing is always fun and Texas is such a great track. It's such a fast track and it's one of my favorite tracks to go to. It's a tricky racetrack, though. You've got to get your car coming out of the turns really well so you can just put the hammer down and let your Roush-Yates horsepower take over on the straight-aways. Texas isn't necessarily a finesse track, but you've kind of got to finesse coming off those turns. It's not hard to wind up in the wall if you overdrive it. We've all seen that.
"It's great to go back racing again after the week off," he continued. " It was great to have some downtime and spend time with family. I got to go out to the Masters in Augusta (Ga.) one day last week and that was a great time and a great experience that I don't normally get to do every year, even though I'm from Georgia. Some friends of ours always get tickets every year, but typically we're always racing, coming off a race weekend and getting ready for another race the following weekend. But we had the off-weekend this year, so this was the first time I had some downtime to be able to do some of the things that normal people get to do."