Tag Archives: David Ragan

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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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: AJ Allmendinger is Awesome at Atlanta

The list of 2007 goals for Allmendinger has dwindled, especially after winning Rookie of the Year and securing a Top 35 spot in owner points no longer became obtainable. The objective for this team for the rest of the season is simply now to gain as much experience as possible and improve overall performance. Well, if the current trend continues, Allmendinger will accomplish both of those feats.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: Outside The Chase after the 2007 Subway 500 at Martinsville

Which drivers kept their hot streaks intact, and which ones found themselves skidding to a halt on the hard concrete surface of a paper-clip slugfest turned Demolition Derby? Read on to find out who's heating up and cooling down among the non-Chase drivers heading to Atlanta this weekend...

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Subway 500 at Martinsville

1. Safety, Schmafety - The next time anyone from NASCAR tries to say that safety is their first priority, I want to have a tape of today's finish on hand, showing David Ragan's car sitting sideways in the middle of the track coming off turn 1 and the leaders heading towards him full steam ahead. Rusty Wallace, a seven-time winner here who was calling the race, was incredulous: "The [No.] 6 car is sitting sideways in the middle of the track! They're wide open!" he yelled before the caution came out. What's worse was the No. 6 car was stopped perpendicular to the wall, with the driver's side door in the direct path of oncoming traffic.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Juan Pablo Montoya Masters Martinsville

Montoya's Texaco/Havoline Dodge started the Subway 500 from mid-pack and remained there for the first 100 laps of the race, with the Colombian finding it difficult to pass on the .526-mile short track. It was a call from the pits that initially set the tone for the No. 42 car's march to the front; on the day's fifth caution on lap 114, crew chief Donnie Wingo elected to keep Montoya on the track, a move which bumped him up to third for the restart. That decision paid off long-term, as cautions fell just the right way for Montoya to hold his spot towards the front.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: AJ Allmendinger Aces the 2007 Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s

AJ Allmendinger started just 30th for Saturday night's race, but there was no need for Team Red Bull to be concerned... he wouldn't stay there for long. Powering his Camry into the top 20 by lap 60, both driver and team proved early that they would be a force to be reckoned with. The No. 84's progress, however, became hindered soon after once he dropped a lap down to the leaders, a setback which could have proved costly long-term. But that's when Lady Luck finally shined her good graces on this team, as Allmendinger was the beneficiary of the "Lucky Dog" award on the lap 119 caution for debris; just like that, he was back on pace with the leaders in what would prove to be a crucial turning point.

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