Tag Archives: David Ragan

Running Their Mouth: 2008 Daytona 500

Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

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10 Points To Ponder: After the 2008 Daytona 500

1. Well, Isn't That Just Super? - The Daytona 500 is often referred to as NASCAR's equivalent of the NFL's Super Bowl. Well, the Patriots - Giants game, held two weeks ago, was an exciting and well-played contest in its own right; and, with a Cinderella finish to boot. I just thought it was appropriate to mention here, because while I like the New York Giants, Ryan Newman and the Penske Dodges were just as big of an underdog, overcoming the odds for a surprise victory in Sprint Cup. It's clear that in terms of entertainment value, both the NFL and NASCAR appear to have delivered in the past month or so.

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Beyond The Cockpit: David Ragan on his Sophomore Season

This year, things are different, and Ragan has his sights set on bringing the No. 6 back to Victory Lane. Preparing for his second Daytona 500, the 22-year-old hopes to build upon his fifth-place run in the 2007 edition of the Great American Race. While in Daytona, Ragan took the time out to sit down with Frontstretch's Mike Lovecchio at NASCAR Media Day to discuss what the impact Robby Gordon leaving Ford for Dodge will have on the Roush program, and what he has done in the offseason to have a more successful 2008.

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2007 Driver Review: David Ragan

Frankly, David Ragan should consider having the opportunity to become a full-time Cup driver his highest point. At the time he was named to replace Mark Martin in the No. 6 last season, Ragan still wasn't even allowed to race at some of the tracks on the NASCAR circuit due to inexperience. But any doubts as to whether Ragan was a deserving replacement got settled quickly. He started off at Daytona with a fifth-place finish, mostly because he was able to avoid the melee of wrecking cars coming off turn 4 on the final lap. But luck counts; and just like that, the freshman was immediately off to a solid start.

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2007 Nextel Cup Rookie Report Cards

The final checkered flag has waived for 2007, a champion has been crowned, and the end of season awards have been distributed to their deserving recipients at the NASCAR Awards Banquet in New York City. But before we leave the season behind, there's just one thing left to do; I, Professor Lumbis, need to assign the final grades for 2007 freshman class as they completed their first season on the Nextel Cup tour. Grades will be based on the accomplishments and shortfalls for each rookie contender while previewing what their goals should be for 2008, as each driver tries to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: David Ragan Wins Battle At Homestead… But Montoya Wins War

It was a solid end to a rookie season for David Ragan at Homestead, as he started the final race of the year in a career second best seventh qualifying spot. It was a quiet day for him after that; which, in many ways, was a good thing for the Georgia native. Ragan ran in the top 20 for much of the race and his Jimmy Fennig led pit crew got the No. 6 Ford on and off of pit road efficiently, with solid stops throughout the afternoon. Although the car wasn't quite right through the middle part of the race, patience and persistence paid off for this team as they brought home a 10th-place finish. It as Ragan's third career top 10 and 14th top rookie finish this season.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Juan Pablo Montoya Leads Open-Wheel Invasion In The Desert

The soon to be Rookie of the Year started the day 14th; but while he outclassed all other freshmen, that's the highest Montoya would get for most of the afternoon. The Car of Tomorrow has not been Chip Ganassi Racing's strong suit this season, and it showed - Montoya and crew chief Donnie Wingo battled a tight condition throughout much of Sunday's race. The Colombian's driving style, however, would make up for what the car lacked in handling. Taking no prisoners, the No. 42 Dodge would be seen battling with the series' most noteworthy drivers, bumping his way past Dale Earnhardt Jr. and going "fender to fender" with Jeff Gordon to maintain his presence on the lead lap. That persistence paid off, as the Texaco/Havoline team salvaged a top 20 on a day when very little seemed to go right with the car.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Checker Auto Parts 500k at Phoenix Edition

NASCAR heads to the Desert Southwest for their second trip to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, as the Chase for the Nextel Cup has winnowed down to merely a two-horse race. While six drivers are still mathematically alive, just Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon remain with a realistic chance to take home the trophy come November 18th. Hopefully, your team's in the same boat as those two, battling hard for a title after 34 races filled with your fair share of ups and downs.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Texas Terrible Track For Juan Pablo Montoya, Other Freshmen

Montoya has enjoyed a good amount of his non-road course success on quad ovals this year, and at one point in time, it appeared this weekend's race at Texas would be no different. The Colombian started the event from the inside of row 2 and by lap 7, he had his Texaco/Havoline Dodge comfortably in the lead. Although the top spot was relinquished to Jeff Gordon during pit stops on lap 16, the rookie would still make his presence felt in the top 10 for the majority of the race's first quarter.

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