Tag Archives: David Ragan

Becca’s Big 6: 2007 Daytona 500 Edition

Congratulations to rookie David Ragan, who finished fifth from a 35th-place starting spot in Mark Martin's old No. 6 ride and just his third Cup start ever. Ragan is under a lot of pressure to perform, and he did so admirably today. After the race, David vowed to run well in California and prove that today's finish was "not a fluke."

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Mirror Driving: Does Daytona 500 Qualifying Mean ANYTHING?

The top five qualifiers for this year's Daytona 500 had a whopping zero top-10 finishes in 2006. Is the strength of teams like Robert Yates Racing and Chip Ganassi a good sign for the upcoming season, or are these qualifying times simply a flash in the pan? Can any one of these guys be contenders on Sunday?

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Scanner Static: Ragan Rage Still A Hot Topic

Someone at some point has to stand up to the advertisers and tell them that if they hire a young guy that can't drive, it doesn't do anything for their product. Perfect example is Ganassi's No. 40 car. David Stremme is borderline as a Cup talent right now. Getting rid of Sterling Marlin and bringing on Stremme hasn't netted them a thing.

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Scanner Static: Cup Veterans Fed Up With Ragan-omics

I'm afraid neither Jack Roush nor anyone else really has an answer for the driver shortage problem. I also don't think they were ready for the embarrassing showing that David Ragan put on at Martinsville. I'm not really sure why they leapt over Todd Kluever to get to Ragan in the first place, but they've made their bed now.

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Becca’s Big 6: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville

Running seventh with 22 laps to go, Dale Earnhardt Jr. locked up his brakes and spun trying to pass Kasey Kahne, resulting in a 22nd-place finish and a loss of one spot in the standings. Said Junior, "That was my mistake. I was trying too hard... It got down to the end of the race and I got greedy. I can't blame it on nobody but myself."

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Tracking the Trucks: 2006 Kroger 200 at Martinsville

Jack Sprague finally got the proverbial monkey off his back Saturday afternoon in Martinsville. In his 13th career start, he finally took a checkered flag at a track that's given him more than his share of bad luck through the years, finishing 0.416 seconds ahead of Martinsville spring race winner David Starr to take the win. Erik Darnell, Mark Martin and Johnny Benson rounded out the top five.

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Kasey Kahne Stakes Out Top Spot in First Busch Series Practice at Charlotte, Too

Kasey Kahne is really good on tracks configured like Lowe's Motor Speedway and he drove that point home by posting the fastest time in the opening Busch Series practice session to match his performance on the Cup side of the fence. Kahne set fast time with a lap of 184.055 mph in the No. 9 Wisk Dodge and was the only driver to break the 184 mph mark. Jimmie Johnson posted the second-fastest lap at 183.511 mph while Jeff Burton, Dave Blaney, and Regan Smith rounded out the top five fastest. Smith's fifth place time in the No. 35 McDonald's Ford is best among Busch Series regulars so far.

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