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David Ragan Driver Bio

Birthdate: Dec. 24, 1985
Hometown: Unadilla, GA
First Career Cup race: September 24, 2006 (Dover)
Career Cup Poles: 2
Career Cup Wins: 2
Best Cup Championship Finish: 13th – 2008

Setting out to prove that racing is in his blood, David Ragan embarked on a new chapter of his racing career in 2006.

The son of former Cup driver Ken Ragan, David began racing at the age of 11 in the Bandolero Series. Under the guidance of his father, David had years of experience instilled in him before he ever hit the race track.

Not wanting just to be known as the son of a former driver, David made sure to let his on-track performance prove that he was out to establish his own reputation. He accomplished his goal, winning 12 races and the National Championship in just his second year of competition.

Ragan continued to race in the Bandolero division for the next two years, again winning the National Championship in 1999. He knew that getting experience in the smaller cars was helping to develop his driving skills, but he would need to progress to a full-size car and learn what it would take to bring him to the next level. He purchased a Goody’s Dash Series car and began preparations for the next step in his career.

Ragan partnered with Dash Series driver Cam Strader, and went to work in his shop. The experience he gained would prove invaluable to his future. When they were not getting the Dash cars ready to run, they were working on two new late model cars that Ragan would run the following year. Strader taught him what it took to set the cars up, and allowed Ragan the hands-on experience to which he credits much of his success. Much more than just a driver, Ragan worked countless hours preparing the cars that Strader would race to the 2001 series Championship.

With the help of Strader, David ran several late model races across the southeast in 2002. Still too young to compete in NASCAR divisions, Ragan made sure he was running the most comparable equipment possible. He began his relationship with Mark Martin, driving for him in the Legends Pro-Division, finishing fourth in series points out of 60 plus drivers.

As soon as he turned 18, Ragan made his first foray into NASCAR, running select Gander RV & Outdoors Truck and Xfinity Series events, along with a limited ARCA schedule.

He started second in his first ARCA start, and led a number of laps before a cut tire took him out of contention. His hard work and preparation did not go unnoticed and he caught the eye of Jack Roush’s scouts. Ragan was selected as one of the contestants in Roush Racing: Driver X, and although he did not win the competition, he was awarded a chance to pilot one of Jack Roush’s Fords in 2006.

Not wanting to waste his opportunity, Ragan drove in select Gander Truck Series races – driving a combined 19 races in the No. 50 and No. 6 Ford F-150s. His strong performances, which included one pole, one top-five and eight top-10s led to a chance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, which then translated to a chance in the NASCAR Cup Series.

His performance in all three top levels of NASCAR, led Jack Roush to select him as the driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford in 2007, taking over for Mark Martin.

Ragan’s 2007 Cup stats consisted of two top-fives and three top-10s, finishing 23rd for the season.

Racing all 35 races in the Xfinity Series in 2007, Ragan finished out the season fifth in the final standings. His four top-five and nine top-10 finishes helped get him into the top 10, in addition to his two poles in the Xfinity series in 2007.

The 2008 season was Ragan’s best in NASCAR. He finished fourth and 13th, respectively, in the Xfinity and Cup Series standings. He also put up career numbers in the Cup Series in top fives (6) and top 10s (14).

In 2009, Ragan started the season out strong with a top 10 finish at Daytona, but was unable to place in the top 10 for 29 races. He finished out the season 27th in the points race.

2010 wasn’t much better for Ragan, who failed to score a top-five finish and placed 24th in points with three top 10s. Ragan showed improvement in 2011, notching his first career Cup Series victory in July at Daytona International Speedway and finishing 23rd in points.

For 2012, Ragan jumped from Roush Fenway Racing to Front Row Motorsports, where he finished 28th in points with a best finish of fourth in the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Ragan made his 200th career Cup Series start in July at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 26th on the one-year anniversary of his first career win.

It’s not difficult to pick out the most dramatic highlight of Ragan’s 2013 season. That would be his upset victory in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5.

Ragan returned to the mammoth Alabama oval in the fall and recorded a sixth-place finish. He ended the season 28th in points.

In his third full season with Front Row Motorsports, Ragan finished 33rd in the 2014 point standings. His lone top 10 in 36 starts was 10th in the fall race at Martinsville Speedway. Ragan also started six races in the Xfinity Series with a best finish of fourth at Talladega.

After making a start in the 2015 Daytona 500 for FRM, Ragan spent that year driving for Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing. He drove the No. 18 Toyota in nine races for JGR in a sub-role for the injured Kyle Busch. The next year, he raced for BK Racing before moving back to Front Row in 2017.

The 2019 season marked Ragan’s 13th full season in Cup. Ragan announced on August 14, 2019 that he will step away from full-time NASCAR competition at the end of the season. Ragan will continue to race on a part-time basis in NASCAR and other series at his desire with one of those starts coming in the 2020 Daytona 500 with Rick Ware Racing.