David Ragan 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
David Ragan and his Front Row Motorsports teammate, David Gilliland, became the two Davids who beat the NASCAR Goliaths with a one-two finish in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway in May. The race was a seven-hour marathon due to a 3.5-hour rain delay. On the final restart, Gilliland pushed Ragan to what became his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Coincidentally, the Georgia native’s second-best race of the year was the track’s fall event in which he finished sixth.
After five full seasons at Roush Fenway Racing, 2012 was Ragan’s first year at Front Row Motorsports where once again, at Talladega, he had his best finishes of fourth in the fall race and seventh in the spring race at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. In 2011, Ragan redeemed himself, winning the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway after losing that year’s Daytona 500 due to a penalty on a late-race restart. He also won two Coors Light poles in 2011 at Texas Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ragan is a product of Jack Roush’s driver development program. He competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Roush Fenway Racing in 2006, the same season Ragan made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at Dover International Speedway. In 2007 and 2008, he ran parallel full seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series. The latter year was Ragan’s most productive in both, with six top- five and 14 top-10 finishes in the premier series earning him his best points finish of 13th. In the NASCAR Nationwide Series, he finished fourth with seven top-fives and 21 top-10s.
Team: Front Row Motorsports
Car: No. 34 Taco Bell Ford Fusion
Birthdate: December 24, 1985
Hometown: Unadilla, Ga.
Team Owner: Bob Jenkins
Crew Chief: Jay Guy