If his record this season is an indication, David Ragan will probably finish the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 worse than he starts it. In six previous races on short, flat tracks of one-mile or less in length, he has earned negative place-differential points five times.
David Ragan has two victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, both of which came on restrictor-plate, superspeedways.
Both Michael Waltrip Racing drivers posted 10-lap averages that place them in the top 10 this week. Clint Bowyer had the sixth-fastest speed of 184.58 mph during his best 10 laps. David Ragan was eighth-quick at 184.29. In addition, Bowyer also had the ninth-best, five-lap average.
This summer while campaigning the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, David Ragan scored his best result at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since he was dismissed by Roush-Fenway Racing in 2011. He finished 18th after starting third.
David Ragan has suffered through back-to-back accidents at Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway, but he still has a shot at making the Chase if he wins the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
The same week it was announced Michael Waltrip Racing would cease fulltime operation in 2016, one of their drivers David Ragan qualified fourth for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. He is the highest qualified driver who is not driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.
David Ragan Statement on Michael Waltrip Racing Announcement to not field Full-Time Team in 2016.
David Ragan posted the fifth-quickest time in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Pure Michigan 400 among 25 cars that went that far. He backed up his speed in final practice with the second-quickest time in that session although only five drivers made long runs.
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.
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.
Sprint Cup regular David Ragan led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
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.
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.
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.