Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fast Facts Redux: David Ragan

David Ragan in his M&Ms gear
credit: Charlotte Bray/Skirts & Scuffs
When we first profiled David Ragan in Fast Facts in April 2013, he was in his second season with Front Row Motorsports. While he’ll be returning to FRM later this year, he’s currently playing “super-sub” in the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing while Kyle Busch recovers from his Daytona injuries. Find out what’s new with this talented driver in this week’s Fast Facts Redux.
  • David Ragan was born Dec. 24, 1985 in Unadilla, Georgia. He is a second-generation NASCAR driver – his father, Ken, drove in the Cup Series during the 1980s.
  • Ragan began racing Bandolero cars in 1997 at age 12; in 1998, he won 12 races and the national championship. He backed it up with a second championship in 1999.
  • After racing in the Goody’s Dash Series for Cam Strader and the Legends Pro-Division for Mark Martin, as well as in several Late Model events, Ragan entered what was then known as the “A-B-C” program – ARCA Racing Series, Busch (now Xfinity) Series, and Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series – at age 18. In 2005, he participated in the reality series Roush Racing: Driver X and became the co-driver of Roush’s No. 6 Ford F-150 in the Truck Series.
  • Ragan made his Cup Series debut with Roush in 2006, and in 2007 he competed for Rookie of the Year in both the Cup and Busch Series; he finished second in the Cup Series contest and won the Busch Series award. In July 2011, Ragan won his first Cup Series race, the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, thanks to a late-race push from Roush teammate Matt Kenseth.
  • Ragan signed with Front Row Motorsports in Jan. 2012 to drive the No. 34 Ford. In May 2013, Ragan used a push from his FRM teammate David Gilliland on the final lap to win the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, the first Cup Series win for the team.
  • Away from the track, Ragan is a part-owner of David Ragan Ford in Perry, GA. He and wife Jacquelyn have one daughter, Julia. Ragan is active in charity work, particularly benefitting Down syndrome; his older brother, Adam, has the genetic disorder.
  • Find out more about Ragan at his website, www.davidragan.com


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