Stock Car Racing
#34 David Ragan
|Car||#34 Ford Fusion|
|Crew Chief||Jay Guy|
|Birthday||DEC 24, 1985|
The 2013 season will be remembered for many things, but none is likely to rank much higher than underdog David Ragan’s shocking victory in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway last May.
As the pack came down the backstretch of the final lap, Ragan, along with a push from his Front Row Motorsports teammate David Gilliland, exploded through the middle lane and eventually taking the checkered flag to give the organization its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. For Ragan, it was his second series win and second at a superspeedway, following up on his 2011 victory in the July Daytona race.
This will mark Ragan’s eighth full season driving in NASCAR’s top division and the third for car owner Bob Jenkins. Prior to that, he followed Mark Martin behind the wheel of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford of Jack Roush in 2007 and spent five seasons driving for him before a lack of sponsorship forced him to move.
Still young in terms of age at 28, 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.
Ragan’s best season from a point perspective came in 2008 when he narrowly missed out on making the Chase and finished 13th.
- 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.