Ragan to run four of five final races

RAGAN TO PILOT NO. 06 FORD IN FOUR ADDITIONAL 2006 NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACES Concord, NC (October 18, 2006) - Roush Racing announced today that they will field David Ragan in four of the final five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races in 2006. Ragan...

RAGAN TO PILOT NO. 06 FORD IN FOUR ADDITIONAL 2006 NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACES

Concord, NC (October 18, 2006) - Roush Racing announced today that they will field David Ragan in four of the final five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races in 2006. Ragan will pilot the No. 06 Ford Fusion in an effort to get a head start on the 2007 season, when he will become the driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion.

Ragan is entered for this weekend's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. In addition, Ragan will also be behind the wheel of the No. 06 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 29, Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, and the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17.

"I'm looking forward to making the most of this opportunity to race in the NEXTEL Cup Series this year," said Ragan. "This will be a great chance for me to gain some additional seat time and experience before coming over here full-time in 2007. We had a great test in Homestead earlier this week, and I think any additional time I can get behind the wheel of these cars is just going to be that much more of a help to me. It's going to take some time to get familiar with the feel of these cars, and getting the opportunity to do it now is going to be a big benefit for next year."

Ragan made his NEXTEL Cup debut in September at Dover International Speedway, finishing 42nd after being involved in an accident.

Ragan will perform double duty for the balance of 2006, as he will continue to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series. To date, Ragan has made 15 truck starts in the 2006 season. He has scored one top-five and six top-10 finishes, and one pole at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Ragan has also made three starts for Roush Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series this season, recording finishes of 41st at California Speedway, 23rd at Dover and 36th at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

-credit: roush racing

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