Martinsville II: David Ragan race report

RAGAN FINISHES 25th AT MARTINSVILLE IN SECOND CUP START David Ragan, No. 06 Roush Racing Ford Fusion Concord, NC (October 23, 2006) - David Ragan headed to Martinsville for a weekend of double-duty action. Ragan would compete in both the ...

RAGAN FINISHES 25th AT MARTINSVILLE IN SECOND CUP START
David Ragan, No. 06 Roush Racing Ford Fusion

Concord, NC (October 23, 2006) - David Ragan headed to Martinsville for a weekend of double-duty action. Ragan would compete in both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. Known as one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, Martinsville offered many challenges to Ragan, but the young driver showed his resiliency by rebounding from trouble in each race to complete all 700 laps of competition.

Ragan faced his first challenge of the weekend before he ever got to the racetrack. Both teams he would drive for were not guaranteed starting positions, so he would have to make both events on his qualifying times. He easily made the field for Saturday's truck race, but had to nervously wait to see if he would make the field for Sunday's cup race. Ragan's time was good enough to make the field, putting him 41st of the 43 cars that would take the green flag.

Much like his race on Saturday, Ragan often found himself in the midst of tough battles for position in his second NEXTEL Cup Series start. At one point in the event, the No. 06 Ford showed three laps down to the leader. Feeling that he had a car capable of more than he had shown, Ragan put himself in position for the Lucky Dog pass to regain his lost laps. On three separate occasions he was awarded the free pass, allowing him to race with the leaders for position in the closing laps.

Ragan finished 25th on Sunday, one position behind teammate Mark Martin's No. 6 AAA Ford. While his race did not go as smoothly as he would have liked, Ragan persevered and brought the car home with all four fenders intact.

"It was a tough race for us, but at the end of the day we ran all 500 laps of competition, and that was the goal," said Ragan. "Everyone on this team, Frank Stoddard and all the guys, they really worked hard to get us this finish. The crew chief's experience helped to overcome the driver's lack of experience at times, he did a great job of coaching me and getting me in position for getting our laps back. This is a tough place to race, and these guys show you no mercy out here. I'm just really proud of what we were able to accomplish here today, and we'll look forward to gaining more experience in the next three races."

-credit: roush racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Ragan