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Ragan, Reutimann on the mend at Michigan

August 19, 2011, Mark Aumann, NASCAR.com

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Two drivers involved in Monday's wild last-lap crash at Watkins Glen say the bumps and bruises have healed enough to not be a factor in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.

"I was a little sore the last couple of mornings, but every morning's a lot better," David Ragan said. "It's unbelievable after seeing footage and the race car after the wreck, just to be a little sore afterwards, I'm very, very lucky."

"All you're trying to do is survive and get out of there with a car intact and the least amount of drama you can. And that didn't really work out that way."

--DAVID REUTIMANN

Ragan made contact with Boris Said coming out of Turn 1 following the final restart and slammed into the left side guardrail, which sent his No. 6 Ford sliding back across the track in front of David Reutimann's No. 00 Toyota. Those two cars then hit the guardrail on the other side of the track, causing Reutimann's car to roll over once before settling back on its wheels.

Both cars were demolished but the safety features inside allowed each driver to climb out relatively unscathed.

"I'm good. It was significantly more than a little bit [of soreness], but it's just part of the deal," Reutimann said. "You deal with it for a couple of days, and it gets worse before it gets better. But we're on the downhill slide and it's better, so it won't be a problem."

Even though his car was totaled, Ragan said the driver's compartment held up perfectly.

"I use a six-point harness where you've got two crotch straps that come across your legs," Ragan said. "I think that if those belts are lengthened right and you have them tight and all, you're not going anywhere.

"Everything did its job and it's unbelievable after looking at the crash data, the car and the film to know that I'm a little sore and have a couple of bruises here and there."

Reutimann said getting caught up in the melee was just a capper to a miserable day.

"It happened so quick, you really don't have time to think about anything," Reutimann said. "The main deal, at that point you've had such a bad deal already because of where you're running.

"All you're trying to do is survive and get out of there with a car intact and the least amount of drama you can. And that didn't really work out that way."