Ragan, PBA riders test pit stops

DAVID RAGAN TRIES OUT PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS FOR HIS AAA PIT CREW Concord, N.C. (January 25, 2007) - Professional Bull Riders are some of the toughest athletes around. They can ride a bull for eight seconds but can they pit a race car in under...

DAVID RAGAN TRIES OUT PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS FOR HIS AAA PIT CREW

Concord, N.C. (January 25, 2007) - Professional Bull Riders are some of the toughest athletes around. They can ride a bull for eight seconds but can they pit a race car in under 13 seconds? That was a question that David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, set out to answer today at Roush Racing headquarters. During a visit to Charlotte, N.C. for their upcoming event on January 26-28 at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Sean Willingham, J.B. Mauney and Brian Canter visited Roush Racing and became honorary pit crew members for the No. 6 AAA team.

Willingham was assigned to be the jack man while Mauney and Canter were the front and rear tire changers respectively. As Ragan pulled the Ford Fusion into the pit stall, the newest AAA team members came off the wall and looked like old pros. In just 33.03 seconds the team completed their first career pit stop. According to Roush Racing pit coach Wayne Deloria, the time was not bad considering they had little practice time.

"The PBR riders did a great job today with the AAA team," said Deloria. "If I had a day to work with them I know I could put them in as members of David's ARCA team at Daytona. You can tell they are great athletes."

Ragan was also impressed by the riders quick learning and skill set.

"I had a great time this morning with the guys that came out from the PBR," Ragan said. "We actually gave two of them a little crash course on how to be tire changers and one of them a lesson on being the jack man and then let them do a pit stop with the AAA team. I think they had a pretty good time getting to see what all goes on here at the Roush shop and how much work goes into preparing for a race."

Of the experience, Mooreville's J.B. Mauney, 2006 PBR Daisy Rookie of the Year, stated, "Those guys make it look easy on TV, but I found out their job is a lot tougher than it looks. I think being an honorary member of the AAA team was a great experience, but I'll just leave it to the professionals."

The question remains, will Ragan "cowboy up" and ride a bull for eight seconds? On Friday morning, January 26, Ragan will get a few lessons from Mooresville's own J.B. Mauney at Bobcats Arena. Mauney will lend his bull riding gear and expertise to Ragan to see if he's tough enough for the job.

"I am actually going to get a chance to see what being a professional bull rider is like tomorrow." Ragan continued, "They've invited me to come down to Bobcats Arena tomorrow morning and play cowboy for the day. I'm hearing that they are going to put me on a bull named Buckshot at some point so that should be pretty exciting! I'm actually a little nervous about that, but it will be fun. I definitely want to thank these guys, J.B. Mauney, Sean Willingham and Brian Canter for coming out and being a part of the AAA pit crew today. They did an awesome job."

-credit: rr

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