Tag Archives: David Ragan

Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Sharp Aquos 500 at Fontana Edition

After starting a dismal 33rd, David Ragan slowly made his way into the top 10 by lap 104. The AAA team would experience a "yo-yo" type of night for the rest of the race, dropping as low as 36th after a pit road speeding penalty, before coming home in 12th position. Saturday night's finish marked Ragan's sixth top-15 finish of 2007 and his 10th top rookie finish of the season.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: 2007 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Edition

For the second time in the past five races, Juan Pablo Montoya qualified his Texaco Havoline Dodge on the outside of the front row; but this time, more than a few eyebrows were raised. While qualifying second at Indy was impressive, the Colombian had made huge strides towards conquering his hardest challenge to date; transitioning to stock cars on tracks less than a mile long. For the first 200 laps, it looked as if the former road course ringer had figured out his short track game, never falling out of the top 10. However, as the race wore on into the night, the No. 42 Dodge slowly faded, eventually finishing 17th. Still, the Sharpie 500 marked the 11th time in 2007 that Montoya finished as the race's top finishing rookie, continuing to lead this year's freshman class in that category.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 3M Performance 400 at Michigan

Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture 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 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Edition

After a marathon weekend at Michigan, it's time for a sprint-like turnaround and a trip to everyone's favorite bullring, Bristol Motor Speedway. Michigan had its share of surprises for fantasy teams, with drivers like Dave Blaney, Bobby Labonte and Brian Vickers making appearances in the top 10. But not to be outdone, old reliables like Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards were there, too, continuing to cruise along towards the Chase - and hopefully helping the chances for a season-ending trophy of your own. But this weekend at Bristol, no pick is truly a "safe bet;" you can expect both anything and everything to happen. Just one nudge on the bumper and your team's best driver could be spinning down the standings... taking your team with him. Still, there are certainly drivers you want to make sure to have in your arsenal, along with ones to avoid.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture 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 some select few were thinking after the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Edition

After qualifying his Dodge Charger on the outside of row four for Sunday's race, it appeared that Juan Pablo Montoya was poised to have another strong run following his second-place finish at Indianapolis. In fact, Montoya did look strong throughout the first quarter of the race, remaining in or just outside of the top 10. But as the race wore on, so did Montoya's attention span, as at one point he made a remark about how long the race was. Struggling to keep his No. 42 machine on the bottom, the Rookie of the Year points leader began to fade, and he eventually wound up 16th in the final running order. Still, it was Montoya's 10th top finishing rookie honor in the 2007 season - leading all first-year drivers in that category.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Kroger 200 at IRP

The tight confines of O'Reilly Raceway Park made for an exciting short track shootout for the Busch Series on Saturday night. Aric Almirola ran away with the race early, leading 87 of the first 100 laps, but as the second half of the race unfolded, it was another Busch regular who found his way to Victory Lane. After Almirola faded with problems on pit road, Jason Leffler was able to run down and pass Greg Biffle with three laps to go, bringing Toyota their first ever victory in the Busch Series. Up until the final stages, Biffle had dominated the race's second half, but Leffler's team decided to put on tires with 50 laps to go, and the fresh rubber ultimately paid off in a mad dash back to the front for the No. 38.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Gateway 250

This week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Busch Series race to capture 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 some select few were thinking after the Gateway 250, as well as the NASCAR off week that was.

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10 Points to Ponder After the 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland

1. They call it "cookie cutter" for a reason - Sorry guys, but that just wasn't a very exciting race. Tony Stewart got out front with a fuel-only pit stop and was never challenged in the closing laps after holding off a single pass attempt by Matt Kenseth. There were several long green-flag runs and not a lot of lead changes, unless you count the ones achieved through pit cycles, and most of the attrition was due to single-car incidents. The only good news to report: the race didn't last that long.

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