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Ragan Set To Take Over No. 6 Scotts F-150 at Gateway CONCORD, NC - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point leader Mark Martin will sit out his first of 11 races in 2006, giving driving duties of the No. 6 Scotts Ford F-150 to David Ragan, Martin's...

Ragan Set To Take Over No. 6 Scotts F-150 at Gateway

CONCORD, NC - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point leader Mark Martin will sit out his first of 11 races in 2006, giving driving duties of the No. 6 Scotts Ford F-150 to David Ragan, Martin's Roush Racing protegee for the April 29 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Gateway International Raceway.

"I'm really looking forward to going to Gateway," said Ragan. "I feel like I'm well prepared heading into this race. I've run there a bunch, racing and testing. It is one of my favorite places to race, because it's a real unique track that takes a physically fit driver. It's like a hybrid between the straightaways of Milwaukee and the corners of Martinsville."

No stranger to racing at Gateway, Ragan will make his fourth start at the 1.25 mile oval when the Craftsman Truck Series comes to town for the April 29 event. He has one start each in the trucks, NASCAR Busch Series and in ARCA competition.

Ragan was initially to compete in 18 Craftsman Truck Series events in 2006, driving the Scotts Ford when Martin was not entered. Roush Racing made the decision to field a third truck for Ragan beginning with the Atlanta race in March, in an effort to afford the 20-year old additional seat time in preparation for his driving duties in the No. 6 F-150.

"I think there's a little extra pressure going into this weekend driving the No. 6 truck. We're going there to race hard for a good finish, but I've got to respect for what Mark and Mike Beam have accomplished by having phenomenal runs in the first four races. I want to have a good run and a solid finish, and keep this truck at the top of the owners point standings," said Ragan.

The No. 6 team currently leads both the driver and owner championship point standings, but will focus their efforts on the owners championship beginning with the event at Gateway. They enter the event with a 55 point lead over Bob Germain's No. 9 team.

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Enterprises which operates 14 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn, and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan and Erik Darnell.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Danny O'Quinn , Mark Martin