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Team: Michael Waltrip Racing-55
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 150

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David Ragan (#55 Aaron's Online Dream Machine Toyota Camry) finished 27th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
He started 38th in the lineup and completed 265 laps of the 267-lap event. Ragan, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored one top-five, one top-10 and closed out the season 27th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings. Nov 24 - 8:37 PM

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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.

The one glimmer of hope is that the single race in which he improved came at Martinsville Speedway this spring in the STP 500. He finished 15 spots better than his 20th-place qualification effort and scored a top-five for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Oct 29 - 11:22 PM

David Ragan has two victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, both of which came on restrictor-plate, superspeedways.

Ragan’s first victory came for Roush-Fenway Racing in 2011 at Daytona International Speedway, but his second win is more germane to his 500 handicap. He won the 2013 Aarons 499 racing for Front Row Motorsports and that suggests his skill in the draft made a greater difference than the horsepower that was under the hood.
Oct 23 - 4:00 PM

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.

For the MWR racers, this represents an opportunity race. Bowyer has settled his plans for the next few years, but he wants a top-10 for his crewmembers. Ragan’s plans are still uncertain and he needs a strong run in order to land another job.
Oct 9 - 9:46 PM

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.

In six starts with Front Row Motorsports, Ragan finished on the lead lap twice. One of these was a 19th in 2013 and since short, flat tracks are drivers’ courses that bodes well for Ragan’s odds of earning another top-20.
Sep 24 - 9:00 PM

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.

Michael Waltrip Racing has run strong there in the past with teammate Clint Bowyer winning in 2012. Despite wrecking in the last two races, Ragan ran incredibly strong. Still a victory would be a surprise since he has not cracked the top 10 with his current team yet.
Sep 10 - 9:43 AM

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.

This is Ragan’s third top-five start at Bristol and matches his career-best from his rookie season. That year he started fourth and finished 41st in the Sharpie 500 after retiring with crash damage on lap 414.
Aug 22 - 12:50 AM

David Ragan Statement on Michael Waltrip Racing Announcement to not field Full-Time Team in 2016.

"I am grateful for the opportunity that Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota have provided me this year. I have worked hard to be a good teammate and spokesperson for all of our sponsors, and as a team we have collectively improved our performance from the beginning of the season. I look forward to staying focused and trying to win a race this season for Aaron's and everyone at MWR. "Going forward I will be working hard to secure a full-time ride in the Sprint Cup Series. At 29 years old, I feel my best years are in front of me."-Breaking Limits
Aug 19 - 2:48 PM

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.

Ragan has the equipment, but the team needs to call a good race to get him into the top 10. Since that has been a rarity in 2015, it is difficult to predict this week, but he should be one of the best values at his salary cap level if he can finish in the teens. He qualified 13th for the race.
Aug 15 - 1:05 PM

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.

Ragan has had limited success at New Hampshire with only one top-10 and two more top-15s. His early season struggles have made him affordable, however, and he should be evaluated in most fantasy games.
Jul 17 - 10:17 PM

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.

Short, flat tracks are driver’s courses and the racer is a greater part of the equation than on the unrestricted, intermediate speedways. Ragan should be watched closely in practice for signs that he may be one of this week’s top dark horses.
Jul 16 - 2:25 PM

Sprint Cup regular David Ragan led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

The lap of 190.573 mph in the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota was best of the 36 cars out on the track for this session. No. 6 Darrell Wallace Jr., No. 16 Ryan Reed, No. 18 Daniel Suarez and No. 2 Brian Scott are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Peyton Sellers in the No. 97 Chevrolet Camaro was the slowest.
Jul 3 - 3:38 PM

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.

Ragan was less than impressive in his stint at Joe Gibbs Racing as a replacement driver for the injured Kyle Busch. Fantasy owners keep waiting for him to turn a corner, and those who jump on his bandwagon at the right time can make up ground on the competition. The No. 55 team is strong enough to contend for top-10s.
Jun 18 - 8:34 PM

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.

Ten of these efforts ended on the lead lap, but he failed to go the full distance in either race last year while driving for Front Row Motorsports. His results for Michael Waltrip Racing have been erratic this season with one finish each in the teens, 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Jun 13 - 9:47 AM

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.

Pattie has been the crew chief for the No. 15 with Bowyer since the team was established in 2012. He has scored three wins with the team, and finished second in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup and seventh in 2013. Scott has been the crew chief of the No. 55 since August 2013, and previously served under Rodney Childers as that team’s lead engineer. Additional changes include a reorganization of lead, secondary and support engineers for each team. Car chiefs, road mechanics and pit crews will remain with their originally assigned teams.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Jun 9 - 10:49 AM