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.
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.
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.
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.
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.