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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 posted an identical time to Joey Logano, but will line up third on the grid because he is further back in points. Still, this is Ragan’s best qualification effort by a wide margin; his previous mark was a 11th set back in 2010 when he raced with Roush-Fenway Racing.
Ragan has had limited success at New Hampshire with only one top-10 and two more top-15s. His early season struggles have made him affordable, however, and he should be evaluated in most fantasy games. Jul 17 - 10:17 PM

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David Ragan hopes to replicate his success at Martinsville Speedway earlier this season rather than his effort at either Phoenix International Raceway or Richmond International Raceway. He finished fifth in the STP 500 and was in the 20s in the other two events.

Short, flat tracks are driver’s courses and the racer is a greater part of the equation than on the unrestricted, intermediate speedways. Ragan should be watched closely in practice for signs that he may be one of this week’s top dark horses.
Jul 16 - 2:25 PM

Sprint Cup regular David Ragan led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

The lap of 190.573 mph in the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota was best of the 36 cars out on the track for this session. No. 6 Darrell Wallace Jr., No. 16 Ryan Reed, No. 18 Daniel Suarez and No. 2 Brian Scott are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Peyton Sellers in the No. 97 Chevrolet Camaro was the slowest.
Jul 3 - 3:38 PM

David Ragan has a best result of 13th with Michael Waltrip Racing as the current full-time driver of the No. 55, but that is his only top-15 in five starts with the organization.

Ragan was less than impressive in his stint at Joe Gibbs Racing as a replacement driver for the injured Kyle Busch. Fantasy owners keep waiting for him to turn a corner, and those who jump on his bandwagon at the right time can make up ground on the competition. The No. 55 team is strong enough to contend for top-10s.
Jun 18 - 8:34 PM

David Ragan has finished every Michigan International Speedway race that he started. He has been on track at the end of his first 17 attempts.

Ten of these efforts ended on the lead lap, but he failed to go the full distance in either race last year while driving for Front Row Motorsports. His results for Michael Waltrip Racing have been erratic this season with one finish each in the teens, 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Jun 13 - 9:47 AM

Effective immediately, Brian Pattie will become the crew chief for the No. 55 Toyota Camry driven by David Ragan. Billy Scott will become the crew chief for the No. 15 Toyota Camry driven by Clint Bowyer.

Pattie has been the crew chief for the No. 15 with Bowyer since the team was established in 2012. He has scored three wins with the team, and finished second in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup and seventh in 2013. Scott has been the crew chief of the No. 55 since August 2013, and previously served under Rodney Childers as that team’s lead engineer. Additional changes include a reorganization of lead, secondary and support engineers for each team. Car chiefs, road mechanics and pit crews will remain with their originally assigned teams.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Jun 9 - 10:49 AM

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

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