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Martinsville Post Race Report

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (April 3, 2016) - David Ragan, driver of the No. 23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry, finished in the 21st position in
Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at Martinsville Speedway. Teammate Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 83 Cosmo Motors Toyota Camry, finished in the 29th position.

“I really enjoyed the 500 laps today,” Ragan said. “Our BK team improved the car all weekend and we had a strong car Sunday. We will debrief at the shop this week and work to improve our runs so that on our next trip we can contend for a top 10 finish.”

“We fought back after a mid-race issue that cost us a few laps to finish 29th. I am proud of our guys and know that we will get ‘em next week at Texas Motor Speedway,” DiBenedetto said.

David Ragan started the STP 500 in 22nd position with teammate Matt DiBenedetto starting 35th.

Just after the drop of the green flag, Ragan and Dale Earnhardt Jr. came together to bring out the first caution of the STP 500. Holding his position, Ragan restarted 22nd. Approaching lap 100, Ragan reported to crew chief Patrick Donahue that the Dr Pepper Toyota was tight and he was working on adjusting his track bar. Scored in 23rd at the mid point of the race, Ragan was running good lap times.

DiBenedetto and crew chief Gene Nead worked on dialing in the Cosmo Motors Toyota throughout the first half of the race. By lap 220, DiBenedetto was p25 and had gained 10 spots since the drop of the green flag. At lap 312 he reported “it all of the sudden started cutting out - missing, popping all at once,” and dropped fuel pressure. After pitting, DiBenedetto lost several laps and would restart in 33rd.

As the field took the green flag with 11 laps to go, Ragan and DiBenedetto battled hard to advance their positions in the closing laps of the STP 500. DiBenedetto finished 29th while Ragan finished 21nd and scored his third top-10 finish of the season.

Next up, the NSCS heads to Texas Motor Speedway for a Saturday night showdown. Duck Commander 500 race coverage beings at 7:30 p.m. on FOX.

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