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Front Row drivers ready to make a move at NHMS

July 12, 2012, , NASCAR.com

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Sitting 29th and 30th in points, Front Row Motorsports' duo of Davids have a lot to prove in the second half of the season, beginning this week in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

That especially holds true for David Gilliland, who has only one top-20 finish in the No. 38 Ford this season. Gilliland's best finish in 10 races at New Hampshire came in this race last year when he finished 25th in Front Row's No. 34 Ford, accounting for his lone lead-lap finish at the flat, 1-mile track.

"We're an improving program, no doubt. I can see the progress, but we need to take that next step. "

--DAVID RAGAN

"New Hampshire hasn't been our best track, but our short to intermediate program has shown improvement lately. That gives me a lot of drive to go out there and get a top-20 or top-15 finish. It's a frustrating track because it's so flat, but I feel like I have something to prove. I don't think this place owes me anything, but I think it's time to get a better result here," Gilliland said.

"The guys are all working hard. We're going to get a break next week and that will be nice. It's a tough schedule and we're all working pretty hard right now. If you can leave New Hampshire with a good day it makes the break even better. That's what we want."

Crew chief Pat Tryson likes Gilliland's prospects for New Hampshire.

"I think David has it in him to have a good race. We have a pretty good car that we've prepared to do our best. We always want to improve and this weekend is a good chance for us to show progress," Tryson said. "It's a difficult track to get the right balance and you need to work on the handling a lot. But, I think we have an opportunity here to showcase the talents of David."

David Ragan has Front Row's only top-10 of the season, a seventh-place finish at Talladega in the No. 34 Ford. Ragan finished seventh this past fall at New Hampshire, his first top-10 in 10 starts there. He was 14th in the summer race.

"Our team is looking for a strong run this weekend at New Hampshire. This track is unlike anywhere else we race. It is essentially flat. A lot of people say it drives more like a road course than an oval because of its low banking. It's a challenge for a lot of teams, but it's also a place where we can have a good finish by working hard on our car," Ragan said.

"We seem to be picking up speed each week and now we need to turn them into better results. The past six weeks we've been just outside that top-25 mark. Now, we need to hit on it each week. We're an improving program, no doubt. I can see the progress, but we need to take that next step."

He is 53 points behind 25th place in the standings, a goal the team is working toward.

"I think David is right, we've shown speed the past two months. We're getting better as a team, but now we just need to get more top-25 finishes and higher," crew chief Jay Guy said. "It's a matter of staying out of trouble, racing smart and taking advantage of track position to lead a lap or something like that. We're well capable of ending up in the top-25 when the year is out."