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David Ragan

David Ragan (born December 24, 1985 in Unadilla, GA) is a stock car racer who drives the #6 AAA Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series for Roush Fenway Racing and is the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year. He is also the Official 2009 United Parcel Service race car driver. He has raced in ARCA, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and the NASCAR Busch Series. His father, Ken Ragan, is a former Winston Cup journeyman.

Racing experience

Ragan made his Truck debut at the age of 18 at Texas Motor Speedway in 2004 for Fiddleback Racing, finishing twentieth. He ran nine more races that year, finishing nineteenth twice. He also ran one Busch Series race that year for Sadler Bros. Racing, achieving a thirty-first place finish at the Ford 300. In 2005, he ran three Busch races for Day Enterprise Racing, his best finish being a thirty-sixth place at The Milwaukee Mile. In the ARCA series, he won his first race at Lanier National Speedway.

Roush Fenway Racing

In 2005, Ragan was also featured as a contender on Roush Racing: Driver X. Despite concerns from Roush executives about his trait as being outspoken, Ragan won a ride in the Craftsman Truck Series. In 2006, Roush originally intended Nextel Cup regular Mark Martin and Ragan to split duties in the #6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Ford F-150. Ragan would run the #50 Ford in several races that Martin was also scheduled to run. He made his debut in the John Deere 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and started on the pole in his third start, when qualifying was rained out, but struggled in his four starts, crashing twice and never finishing on the lead lap. He scored his first career top-ten at Texas Motor Speedway, where he finished eighth, then had four consecutive top-tens, and won his first career pole at O'Reilly Raceway Park. He made his first Busch Series start at California Speedway, replacing Danny O'Quinn in the #50 World Financial Group Ford Fusion. He qualified for his first Nextel Cup race at Dover International Speedway driving the #06 3M Performance Ford Fusion.

Sprint Cup

On October 11, 2006, Roush Racing named Ragan as the full time driver for 2007 in the #6 AAA Ford Fusion, replacing long-time driver Mark Martin.

Ragan attempted to run the remainder of the 2006 schedule under the #60 No Fear Racing banner (a Roush-affiliated team that receives its equipment from Roush), as the #06 team was limited to running a maximum of seven races under NASCAR rules limiting the maximum number of teams one owner can have. , and the 06 team had already attempted six races in 2006 (including a DNQ by Todd Kluever). He did not make a race in the 60. During the closing parts of the season, Ragan was restricted from running 1.5 mile ovals due to a poor performance at Martinsville Speedway where he was involved in several incidents and drew the ire of several of his fellow Sprint Cup competitors, including Tony Stewart, who called him "a dart without feathers."(Source:Article:Associated Press)

Ragan's first start in the #6 car was the 2007 Daytona 500, where he finished 5th. He finished 3rd in the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond, his best finish to date, and he finished runner up to Juan Pablo Montoya for Rookie of the Year. He also competed in a full season in the Busch Series, finishing 5th in points, and was named Rookie of the Year. Also, Ragan suffered more accidents than any other driver with 26 in 2007.(Source Jayski.com) David Ragan is one of a handful of drivers who wear their blood type on their uniform, Ragan's blood type is O positive.

2008 Regular Season - Races 1 - 26
Date Race Track Start Finish Rank Behind Laps Completed
02/17/2008 Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway
14th
42nd
42nd
-153
161/200 (Accident)
02/24/2008 Auto Club 500 Auto Club Speedway
24th
14th
30th
-177
250/250
03/02/2008 UAW-Dodge 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
38th
7th
19th
-166
267/267
03/09/2008 Kobalt Tools 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway
14th
23rd
21th
-267
323/325 (2 Laps Down)
03/16/2008 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway
24th
21st
21th
-284
504/506 (2 Laps Down)
03/30/2008 Goody's Cool Orange 500 Martinsville Speedway
4th
11th
19th
-287
500/500
04/06/2008 Samsung 500 Texas Motor Speedway
7th
13th
17th
-313
338/339 (1 Lap Down)
04/12/2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Phoenix International Speedway
23rd
27th
18th
-381
310/312 (2 Laps Down)
04/27/2008 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway
6th
4th
15th
-353
188/188
05/03/2008 Dan Lowry 400 Richmond International Raceway
13th
17th
14th
-389
409/410 (1 Lap Down)
05/10/2008 Dodge Challenger 500 Darlington Raceway
15th
5th
12th
-424
367/367
05/17/2008 Sprint All-Star Race Lowe's Motor Speedway
-
-
-
-
-
05/25/2008 Coca-Cola 600 Lowe's Motor Speedway
5th
12th
13th
-462
400/400
06/01/2008 Best Buy 400 Dover International Speedway
23th
15th
13th
-534
398/400 (2 Laps Down)
06/08/2008 Pocono 500 Pocono Raceway
30th
24th
13th
-447
200/200
06/15/2008 LifeLock 400 Michigan International Speedway
6th
8th
13th
-459
203/203
06/22/2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Infineon Raceway
38th
24th
14th
-563
112/112
06/29/2008 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
35th
40th
17th
-608
272/284 (Accident)
07/05/2008 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway
6th
5th
14th
-643
162/162
07/12/2008 Lifelock.com 400 Chicagoland Speedway
14th
8th
15th
-696
267/267
07/27/2008 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway
16th
14th
14th
-698
160/160
08/03/2008 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Pocono Raceway
16th
5th
14th
-593
200/200
08/10/2008 Centurion Boats at the Glen Watkins Glen International
14th
30th
14th
-715
90/90
08/17/2008 3M Performance 400 Michigan International Speedway
16th
3rd
14th
-720
200/200
08/23/2008 Sharpie 500 Bristol Motor Speedway
27th
10th
13th
-766
500/500
08/31/2008 Pepsi 500 Auto Club Speedway
22nd
13th
13th
-783
250/250
09/07/2008 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Richmond International Raceway
13th
32nd
14th
-2041
400/400
2008 Chase for the Cup - Races 27 - 36
Date Race Track Start Finish Rank Behind Laps Completed
09/14/2008 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
14th
28th
14th
-2102
298/300 (2 Laps Down)
09/21/2008 Camping World RV 400 Dover International Speedway
23rd
18th
14th
-2163
399/400 (1 Lap Down)
09/28/2008 Camping World RV 400 Kansas Speedway
12th
8th
13th
-2206
267/267
10/05/2008 Amp Energy 500 Talladega Superspeedway
16th
3rd
13th
-2179
190/190
Bold indicates best finish(s) of the year.

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