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Team: Michael Waltrip Racing-55
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 150

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David Ragan qualified 15th for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway, which is the fourth time in the last five races of 2015 that he has started among the top 15.
Ragan started last week’s Coke 600 in seventh, but lost a lot of place differential points for fantasy owners when he blew an engine and finished 41st. He also lost ground at Richmond International Raceway and Talladega SuperSpeedway after qualifying among the top 10. Players are within their rights to be cautious about starting him. May 30 - 8:21 AM

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David Ragan spun off turn four and through the infield grass with less than 10 minutes remaining in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600. He did not make contact with the wall or another car and will not need to roll out a backup.

Drivers find the edge of control by occasionally going over it. Ragan’s fantasy handicap is unchanged by this incident. He had the fourth-fastest single lap in that session.
May 23 - 10:51 AM

In his first attempt in the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, David Ragan qualified seventh for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The last time he qualified that well on this track was in 2011 while driving for Roush-Fenway Racing and he finished second after starting eighth.

A few weeks ago we said that Ragan might actually perform better in the No. 55 than he had in the 18; there is less pressure on his shoulders now and the power band might better suit his style. It is too soon to form a bandwagon, but he could be a solid differentiator for one’s roster.
May 23 - 9:42 AM

Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that David Ragan will drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine for the remainder of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, beginning May 9 at Kansas Speedway.

Brian Vickers had planned to race the Toyota fulltime in 2015, but heart surgery in December forced the Thomasville, N.C., native to miss the first two races of the season. Vickers returned at Las Vegas on March 7, but was sidelined two weeks later by recurring blood clots in his lungs. Michael Waltrip, who drove the No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota in the Daytona 500, will compete this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Brett Moffitt owns six starts in the No. 55 this year, with a career-best eighth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. Ragan is 19th in NASCAR Sprint Cup driver points earned largely by racing the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing as the substitute for the injured Kyle Busch.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Apr 28 - 9:16 AM

David Ragan advanced to the top 12 in time trials for the first time in three weeks. He qualified 11th for the Food City 500 Supporting Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The significance of this is that his last two finishing results ended in the top 15 even with modest qualification efforts. Those have been his best races of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing. His turnaround may actually have come at Auto Club Speedway, however, where he qualified third and was racing with the leaders before getting spun early.
Apr 17 - 9:46 PM

According to a tweet from @NASCARStats, David Ragan is the best closer in NASCAR. He improved an average of 5.2 positions in the final 10 percent of the first six races this season.

On the heels of his fist top-five of the year, which came as a fifth at Martinsville, Ragan is finally becoming a good fantasy value, but his propensity for surging at the end of races is going to give players some gray hair.
Apr 2 - 11:24 AM

David Ragan finished fifth in the STP 500 and earned his first top-five in his last 68 attempts. His latest two top-fives came on the restrictor-plate, superspeedway of Talladega, which means fantasy owners have to go all the way back to 2011 at Richmond—while Ragan still raced for Jack Roush—to find his last top-five on an unrestricted track.

Richmond is coming up in three weeks, so Ragan should be able to keep his momentum alive. If Ragan can earned top-15s at Texas and Bristol he will be a permanent fixture on fantasy rosters once more.
Mar 29 - 6:06 PM

Last week was the first time Ragan appeared comfortable behind the wheel of the No. 18. This week he returns to a track where he scored a top-10 in 2015.

Ragan’s latest effort at Martinsville ended in a 10th-place finish in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. It was this first lead lap finish in the No. 34 and he had to overcome crash damage to get it. This week he will be a good value if he stays out of trouble.
Mar 27 - 11:57 AM

David Ragan qualified fourth for the Auto Club 400. This is his first top-10 start in his last 23 attempts; his most recent start with the leaders came last July at Daytona.

It is his first top-10 on an unrestricted speedway since staring eighth at Martinsville in fall 2013. Ragan may finally be growing accustomed to the No. 18, but he still has to survive 200 laps on Sunday before he is considered a strong fantasy value.
Mar 20 - 10:53 PM

With one minute and 30 seconds remaining in final practice, David Ragan got loose in turn two and slammed the wall. He hit hard enough to almost certainly require a backup for the race.

If Ragan goes to a backup as expected, he will be forced to give up his 13th-place spot on the grid. His early efforts in relief for Kyle Busch are not quite providing fantasy owners with the bargain they anticipated. If one’s choice is between Ragan and Regan Smith, the advantage should go to Smith.
Mar 7 - 3:33 PM

David Ragan ran well early in last week’s Quik Trip 500, but slipped in the middle stages of the race and lost a couple of laps. He is still seeking his first top-15 of 2015 and is in strong equipment subbing for Kyle Busch.

Ragan needs to make some noise this week in order to solidify himself as a place-and-hold driver. In five starts with Roush-Fenway Racing at the beginning of his career, he recorded only one top-20, however, so that could be a tall order.
Mar 6 - 3:57 PM

When David Ragan takes the green flag at Atlanta in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500, he will be in the best equipment of his career since leaving Roush-Fenway Racing; in fact, with Joe Gibbs on the rise, it could be the best he has ever run.

Driving for Roush, he scored 10 top-10s and 22 results of 17th or better in 46 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He is still moderately priced in salary cap games and should be one of the best values of the week. Now is the time to lock him in.
Feb 26 - 10:15 AM

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday that David Ragan will serve as interim driver in place of injured Kyle Busch for the next several weeks beginning this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The team said in a statement that Ragan, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran, will run JGR's No. 18 Toyota as Busch recovers from multiple lower-leg injuries suffered in a crash Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Ragan, 29, drove the Front Row Motorsports' No. 34 Ford in Sunday's Daytona 500 and has competed in the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons, bringing the Statesville, North Carolina-based team its only premier series victory in May 2013 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Source: NASCAR.com
Feb 24 - 8:52 PM

When Front Row Motorsports decided to give the No. 34 points to Cole Whitt and the newly-formed No. 35, they did not expect as much drama as they got. David Ragan sustained damage in a single-car accident in his Gatorade Duel and barely climbed into a transfer spot.

The second Duel in Daytona was one of the most dramatic races in recent seasons. Ragan received a late-race Free Pass to get back in contention and he made the most of it by finishing 14th. That level of determination makes him one of the dark horse favorites this week.
Feb 20 - 3:03 PM

Front Row Motorsports and CSX will partner for a third straight season in 2015, returning the railroad's "Play It Safe" public service message to David Ragan's No. 34 Ford.

The CSX Ford will be on track for eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, which will include Bristol in April, the Fourth of July at Daytona and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. CSX and Ragan continue to spread cautious words of advice to NASCAR's fan base, especially the millennial generation of 18- to 34-year-old males, the demographic mostly likely to be involved in a crossing collision and to trespass on tracks.-Breaking Limits
Feb 12 - 12:09 PM