Stock Car Racing
#34 David Ragan
|Car||#34 Ford Fusion|
|Crew Chief||Jay Guy|
|Birthday||DEC 24, 1985|
It might be hard to consider someone who has two wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series underrated, but when it comes to David Ragan that’s a term many could apply.
Now in his fourth season driving for the underdog team of Front Row Motorsports, Ragan has helped raise the profile for owner Bob Jenkins and his two-car operation after winning the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway in 2013. That highlight victory, coupled with his first win in the July race at Daytona in 2011, sealed his reputation as one of the best restrictor plate racers on the circuit.
More proof of his restrictor-plate prowess can be found in the statistics, which show half of his 14 career top-five finishes have come at Daytona and Talladega.
This will mark Ragan’s ninth full season driving in NASCAR’s top division. He started his Sprint Cup career following Mark Martin in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford of Jack Roush in 2007 and showed signs of progress, which included a near-miss in making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2008. However, he was forced to look for other opportunities when a lack of sponsorship caused the organization to shut the team down.
Still young in terms of age at 29, Ragan is a definite veteran who has competed in more than 250 Sprint Cup Series races and over 100 Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series events combined. Besides his two Cup victories, Ragan has two NNS triumphs as well with both of those coming in 2009 while driving for Roush.
- Earned his opportunity with Roush Fenway Racing based on his performance in the organization’s Gong Show tryout in 2005.
- As a double-duty competitor in 2007, Ragan won Rookie of the Year honors in the Nationwide Series while finishing runner-up to Juan Pablo Montoya in that same category on the Sprint Cup side.
- Ragan has driven nothing but a Ford in his NASCAR career, and he serves as a great ambassador for the company through his own Ford dealership in Perry, Ga., near his hometown of Unadilla, Ga.
DID YOU KNOW?
NASCAR has been a part of Ragan’s life from the time he was born as his father, Ken, was an independent driver in the sport and made 50 career Sprint Cup Series starts from 1983-90.