Ragan Expected to Replace Busch
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on December 5, 2011 | 11:30 A.M. EST
David Ragan had one win, four top fives and eight top-10 finishes in 2011. (Photo: Getty Images)
Indications are that David Ragan will take the wheel of the Penske Racing Shell/Pennzoil Dodge as a replacement for Kurt Busch.
Several sources have confirmed the Roush Fenway Racing driver has been tabbed by team owner Roger Penske to replace Busch after the driver and team officially parted ways Monday morning.
Ragan was moved out of the Roush Fenway Racing organization when sponsorship issues forced team owner Jack Roush to contract from four to three Sprint Cup entries in 2012.
The winner of the 2011 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway was linked to a pair of other potential Cup rides for next season including with Front Row Motorsports and most recently at Phoenix Racing on a one-year deal to replace Landon Cassill.
The final stumbling block for any move came late Sunday when Ragan was released from a personal services contract he had with Ford Motor Company paving the way for a move to the Dodge operation with Penske.
An official announcement is expected soon and as early as Monday afternoon.