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David Ragan

Team: BK Racing-23
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 150

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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). Nov 29 - 12:33 PM

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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.
Nov 8 - 10:21 AM

David Ragan was notably quick in regard to 10-lap averages in Friday’s practice session for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Ragan is not the first driver who comes to mind on short, flat tracks in his current equipment, but he posted a fifth-place finish as recently as April 2015 for Joe Gibbs Racing. He also had a 10th with Front Row Motorsports in fall 2014. He should be considered as a potential top-20 finisher this week.
Oct 28 - 2:00 PM

David Ragan has earned three results in the low-20s in five short track races this year with a 21st at Martinsville Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway as his high water marks.

Ragan also had a 23rd at Richmond, which has given him consistency on NASCAR’s three short tracks. His other two efforts landed in the 30s, but they were both caused by mishaps. If Ragan stays out of trouble, he should finish in the low-20s again.
Oct 25 - 8:28 PM

David Ragan has earned six top-20s in 15 Kansas starts, one of which came with a moderately-funded team.

Ragan finished 20th in fall 2012 while racing for Front Row Motorsports. Last year in more powerful equipment for Michael Waltrip Racing he could only reach 25th and this spring he was 29th with BK Racing. A top-20 would actually be considered a success.
Oct 13 - 8:58 PM

David Ragan crashed and failed to finish in a pre-rookie warm-up at Dover International Speedway, but he has been running at the end of all 19 races he attempted since then.

More importantly, Ragan has finished better than he started in eight of the last nine attempts. This spring he finished 17th, which was 10 positions better than he started.
Oct 1 - 6:27 PM

David Ragan has many unknowns this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Last year he competed in the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing in both events, but was not able to showcase his talent in September after a crash. This summer, he was only 30th with his current team.

For the best comparisons, fantasy players may want to look all the way back to his tenure at Front Row Motorsports. In the No. 34, he scored one top-20 and another 25th in six starts. Most of his results were in the high-20s or low-30s, so plan accordingly.
Sep 24 - 11:34 AM

David Ragan qualified 21st for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. He is battling Chris Buescher for 30th in the standings and if he can finish as far ahead of his rival as he starts, he will deny the surprising rookie a Chase berth. Buescher will start in 31st

Ryan Newman is going to be Ragan’s biggest fan on Saturday night because Buescher failing to finish in the top 30 will open up one more spot of a points’ contender.
Sep 9 - 6:36 PM

David Ragan has not scored a top-25 at Darlington Raceway since leaving Roush-Fenway Racing at the end of 2012. He was 28th with Front Row Motorsports the following season and has continued to slide backward.

Ragan bottomed out last year and can finish no worse in 2016. In 2015, he fell from 21st to 40th due to multiple accidents and is ready to reload in the No. 23. Pride is on the line this week, because he does not want to be known as the first driver to finish outside the top 30 at the end of the regular season. That will undoubtedly be a future trivia question because of Chris Buescher’s elevation to the Chase.
Sep 3 - 6:25 PM

Jeffrey Earnhardt will climb into the No. 32 GO FAS Racing Ford this week and face his toughest challenge in a brief career. His 15th Cup start will come at Darlington Raceway.

One thing is practically certain: Earnhardt should finish better than he starts on Sunday. In 14 previous attempts at the Cup level, he has never lost a position from start to finish.
Sep 2 - 5:49 PM

According to NBC’s Dustin Long, no new timing zones will be added before Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The sanctioning body is comfortable that the current 14 zones are sufficient to keep teams from taking advantage of any gaps.

Long also reports that speeding penalties are up 375 percent in the three races since NASCAR has increased their zones. This spring, 17 speeding penalties were issued with David Ragan and Kyle Larson taking the most at three.
Aug 16 - 12:08 PM

David Ragan has not gone the full distance in a NASCAR Cup race since the July Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The closest he has come was to finish within two laps at Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the next two weeks.

That is allowing Chris Buescher to make up ground on the No. 23 and if the trend continues, the real battle between these two will be in who can minimize their damage. Ragan has suffered crash damage in two of the last three races.
Aug 12 - 12:21 PM

David Ragan spun with 19 minutes remaining in final practice for the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen. He made slight contact with the tire barrier in turn one, but did not do any notable damage.

Ragan’s fortunes are of increase importance because he currently sits six points ahead of Chris Buescher and is the barrier to that driver making the Chase. He has more experience on road courses than the Rookie of the Year contender, but one mistake could make a huge difference.
Aug 5 - 4:12 PM

David Ragan qualified 34th this June for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 before climbing to 23rd at the checkers. In addition to what he earned for his finishing position, Ragan added 10 place-differential points to his total.

This will be Ragan’s 20th start on the triangular track and he has the experience to finish at least 22nd. He has not finished worse than 23rd in his last six attempts and those starts came with moderately-funded teams.
Jul 30 - 2:53 PM

David Ragan had an average ranking of 30th in the four practice sessions held for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky. He was 29th in the first and final sessions as his high water mark.

That means Ragan is going to need a little help to score a top-30 finish. And since he starts the race 31st, there is not much upside to starting him, even as a way to extend one’s salary cap.
Jul 9 - 12:33 PM