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David Ragan

Team: Front Row Motorsports-38
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 150

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David Ragan showed a lot of consistency in the past two years with a pair of 23rd-place finishes and a 17th in 2015/2016. Last fall, he crashed twice and failed to finish.
Ragan has move back to Front Row Motorsports this year and most of his results with them ended in the 30s. Don’t look for miracles from this team in Sunday’s race. Apr 29 - 9:42 AM

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So far this season, David Ragan has been difficult to handicap with three top-25s and three results outside that mark.

Last week was Ragan’s second-best finish of the season. He qualified 34th and finished 24th. That is significant because Martinsville Speedway is a drivers’ track that rewards skill as a greater percentage of the overall equation.
Apr 8 - 3:23 AM

With less than two minutes remaining in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Auto Club 400, David Ragan slammed the wall hard in turns three and four and flattened the right side.

Ragan will definitely need to go to a backup car and give up his 27th position on the grid. Last year, he started 35th for BK Racing and climbed to 22nnd.
Mar 25 - 1:10 PM

In similar equipment to that which he will pilot this week, David Ragan finished 22nd at Auto Club Speedway and in Michigan International Speedway’s first race last year.

That most likely defines his high water mark because in the summer Michigan race he was in the high-20s. The competition for 20-something results is pretty strong and track position will play an important factor late in the Auto Club 400.
Mar 24 - 12:33 PM

Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, and David Ragan were each penalized 15 minutes in the first Saturday practice session for the Camping World 500 after taking too many times through inspection for qualification.

Practice two is relatively short and this was more than 25 percent of the session, but it is much cooler than the drivers will face on Sunday. Final practice will be more representative of a how they will fare in race trim.
Mar 18 - 12:44 PM

David Ragan finished 24th in last year’s Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and went on to score two more results in the low-20s on short, flat tracks in his next two starts. He cooled off considerably after that, however.

In July, Ragan fell to 30th at New Hampshire. His next four attempts on this track type were all in 30s—ranging from 31st to 37th—so that is where fantasy owners can expect him to finish this week.
Mar 17 - 7:28 PM

David Ragan has a career-average finish of 26.9 in 10 starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which ranks this track 20th of 23 on which he has competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Ragan has finished worse than 30th in half of his attempts. He failed to finish only one of the 10 races, which suggests that most of the time he simply struggles trying to find a good setup.
Mar 9 - 9:56 AM

David Ragan scrapped the wall in the first round of qualification for the QuikTrip 500 and failed to post a speed in practice.

Ragan was hoping to be one of the top dark horses this week since Atlanta Motor Speedway is his home track, but he is going to have to roll off the grid well outside of the top 24.
Mar 3 - 6:05 PM

David Ragan posted the fastest lap in Friday’s first practice session for the Daytona 500 with a speed of 194.898 mph.

Ragan is one of the better dark horses on plate tracks while racing for teams with moderate funding. Fantasy owners should continue to watch him in the draft during the next two days and give serious consideration to allowing him to stretch the salary cap.
Feb 24 - 2:03 PM

David Ragan returns to Front Row Motorsports (FRM) for this year’s Daytona 500 and in seven previous starts with them from 2012 through 2015 he never cracked the top 15 on this track.

Ragan has a reason to be hopeful, however; in his last three starts on this track with this team he improved from 34th to 22nd and finally 17th in the 2015 Daytona 500. FRM has a solid reputation on plate tracks and Ragan has a victory at Daytona driving for Roush-Fenway Racing in 2011.
Feb 18 - 11:34 AM

David Ragan’s best current, three-year average finish was recorded at Martinsville Speedway, where he has a 21.0 in six starts.

This is anchored by a fifth in 2015 while he was racing in relief of Kyle Busch, but he also has a top-10 the previous fall with Front Row Motorsports—the team he will compete with in 2017. Short, flat tracks like Martinsville are driver’s courses and that means lightly-funded teams can compete with the leaders—if not for consistent top-10s, at least for top-20s.
Jan 3 - 12:39 PM

Front Row Motorsports will have two familiar faces behind the wheels of its racecars in 2017.

Landon Cassill will return to the team and drive the No. 34 Ford after an impressive first season with the team in 2016. David Ragan, who drove for the Statesville-based organization from 2012 to 2015 and earned its first win, will rejoin the team to drive the No. 38 Ford. The team will continue its technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing and its engine program with Roush Yates Engines. The team’s 2017 partnerships will be announced soon.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 10:59:00 AM

"BK Racing is in the process of trying to restructure the company," owner Ron Devine told Motorsport.com. "Our finishes of 33rd and 35th in the standings, did not achieve our goals.

We had a one-year agreement with David Ragan (No. 23 Toyota) that has since expired and we have elected not to renew his contract. We wish David all the best in his future in NASCAR." Ragan finished 33rd in the Sprint Cup standings. His best result was 16th at Daytona International Speedway in July. Devine expects to maintain two teams in 2017 with a variety of drivers to be named.-Motorsport.com
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 08:35:00 PM

David Ragan came close on two occasions, but he failed to finish in the top 15 a single time in 2016.

One of Ragan’s near misses came at Daytona International Speedway when he finished 16th, but with so many other dark horses in restrictor-plate, superspeedway races that did not make him a great value. His other strong run came at Dover International Speedway in May with a 17th. He did not record another top-20 during the season, so it was difficult to recommend him most weeks. He did, however, finish better than he started in 22 events (.611).
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 12:33:00 PM

David Ragan has scored four consecutive top-25 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway.

They have come with four separate teams, which suggests that the driver is the consistent component. This spring, Ragan qualified 29th and finished 24th for BK Racing. Last year in more heavily funded equipment, he hovered around 20th with a 21st in the spring for Joe Gibbs Racing and an 18th in the fall with Michael Waltrip Racing.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 10:21:00 AM