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David Ragan |

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-18
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 150

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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

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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

David Ragan finished better than he qualified in 25 of last year’s 36 Cup races. He finished exactly where he started on three other occasions.

That makes Ragan a good value in games that offer bonuses for passing or positive place differential. He should be considered anytime he starts in the low to mid 30s and follows that up with practice times that are better than his qualification attempt.
Feb 9 - 12:53 PM

The iconic image of Colonel Harlan Sanders will return to the No. 34 Ford Fusion as KFC and Front Row Motorsports team up for the Daytona 500.

David Ragan returns to the No. 34 Ford for his fourth year with Front Row Motorsports and his ninth full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series. The 29-year-old driver has two wins in the series, including one at Daytona.-Breaking Limits
Feb 6 - 11:38 AM

David Ragan entered this spring’s Aaron's 499 with an active four-race, top-10 streak at Talladega. He crashed on lap 174 of 188 and finished only 35th this May to snap that streak.

Ragan has proven to be strong on this track, but sometimes an accident can sap a driver of all his momentum. Ragan is a good value, but is not immune from danger, so fantasy players do not want to overcommit.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Since leaving Roush-Fenway Racing, David Ragan’s expectations have certainly changed. This week, he would be considered a decent value if he can score his second top-30 this season on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.

The good news is that his other top-30 was a 27th five weeks ago at Atlanta and his most recent effort ended in a 31st at Chicagoland. If Ragan practices well on Saturday, he could be an acceptable dark horse.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 03:00:00 PM