BUSCH: Phoenix: Round nine preview

* David Ragan Is Making Roush Fenway Racing Proud Roush Fenway Racing Knocks Another One Out Of The Park DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 16, 2007) -- If the weather is warm in Phoenix then David Ragan (No. 6 Discount Tire Ford) must be red hot...

* David Ragan Is Making Roush Fenway Racing Proud

Roush Fenway Racing Knocks Another One Out Of The Park

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 16, 2007) -- If the weather is warm in Phoenix then David Ragan (No. 6 Discount Tire Ford) must be red hot coming into Phoenix International Raceway 10th in the NASCAR Busch Series standings.

Ragan is doing double-duty this season, also driving the No. 6 AAA Ford for (car-owner) Jack Roush in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Ragan had an impressive weekend at Texas Motor Speedway posting his career-first NASCAR Busch Series pole and top-five finish.

Roush Fenway Racing has turned it on this season with Carl Edwards (No. 60 Scotts Ford), Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Arby's Ford), and Ragan all in the top 10 of the NASCAR Busch Series standings.

"This is probably our best run as a team," said Ragan. "You always want to run a little better than you did, but what a great rebound from last week. The Discount Tire Ford Fusion team worked extremely hard in getting the car prepared."

Ragan has also made ground up in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings moving ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Texaco/ Havoline Dodge) for second place, only two points behind leader Marcos Ambrose (No. 59 Kingsford Ford).

Consistency has been the key to Ragan's early success, as he has notched five top-20 finishes in the first eight races of the season.

Ragan has raced at Phoenix International Raceway only once previously, in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2006, where he finished 17th.

Ragan has a Driver Rating of 66.1 and an Average Running Position of 23.829 in the NASCAR Busch Series Season-to-Date Loop Data.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Roush Fenway Racing