David Ragan through the years
By Staff report | Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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David Ragan of Front Row Motorsports announced on Aug. 14 that 2019 would be his final full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. At that time, Ragan had made 457 starts in the series with two wins. Let's look back at Ragan's NASCAR career.
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2007: Ragan became a full-time driver for Roush Fenway Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He spent five full seasons with Roush before moving to Front Row Motorsports in 2012.
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2007: Ragan won Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series while driving for Roush Fenway Racing. He had four top-five finishes and two poles that year and finished fifth in the Xfinity Series standings.
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2008: Ragan battles Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega, where Ragan finished third in the October race. Ragan had arguably his best Monster Energy Series season for Roush in 2008 with six top-five finishes and 14 top 10s. He ranked 13th in the final standings, the best final ranking of his career.
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2009: Ragan racks up two wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series while driving for Roush. The first comes at Talladega Superspeedway and the second at Bristol Motor Speedway (shown).
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2011: Ragan breaks through for his first Monster Energy Series win and does it at Daytona in the Coke Zero 400. Ragan leads 15 laps and wins as the race finishes under caution. Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth comes in second.
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2012: Ragan joins a new team, the Bob Jenkins-owned Front Row Motorsports. Ragan collects two top-10 finishes, both coming at Talladega Superspeedway, in his first of two full-time stints with the team.
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2013: Ragan gets his first and only win with Front Row Motorsports, and it comes in the spring race at Talladega. He leads only four of the 192 laps, but ends up finishing .212 seconds ahead of then-teammate David Gilliland, with Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards coming in third.
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2015: In between stints with Front Row Motorsports, Ragan filled in for an injured Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing. Ragan drove the No. 18 Toyota for nine races with a best finish of ninth place at Martinsville. Ragan also drove for Bob Jenkins and Michael Waltrip that year.
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2019: Ragan (shown in 2018) decided to spend more time with his family and to walk away from full-time competition. At the time, his 457 Monster Energy Series starts were good for 10th best among active drivers, and 204 of them had come with Bob Jenkins, owner of Front Row Motorsports. Ragan also made 107 starts in Xfinity and 29 starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.