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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.