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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Sammy Ragan was holding his own in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Then, as Billy Bigley tried to avoid a separate spinout, he clipped the front tire of Ragan spinning him off...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Sammy Ragan was holding his own in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Then, as Billy Bigley tried to avoid a separate spinout, he clipped the front tire of Ragan spinning him off the track and eventually out of the race. He finished 34th.

"It's real frustrating to become a part of someone else's crash," a disappointed Ragan said, after pushing his car off pit row into the infield. "I really needed the track time."

It happened on lap 50 causing the second caution of the race. Bigley dropped on the track to avoid Travis Kvapil.

But this was an early end to a long day for the Ragan team. They worked furiously to overcome problems with the truck during a two-hour practice session. Then Ragan dropped outside the qualifying window and had to use a provisional to start the race 33rd. Before the wreck he had moved as high as position 30 in the early laps of the race.

The end may have been disappointing, but it did not break the spirit of this young driver, who will race in the series in Nashville next week.

"This is a learning process and I just got to race in an area where racing is so full of history," Ragan stated, referring to the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the historic Indianapolis 500.

"Right now I am just paying my dues and learning the tracks and how these trucks handle them," he added with a hint of optimism.

This was Ragan's second start in the NASCAR trucks. His first was in June in Memphis. It was also his first start for Tagsby Racing driving the no. 73 County Building Centers Chevrolet.

-TB/TDS

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Travis Kvapil