Concord N.C. (December 2, 2008) – David Ragan avoided the curse of a sophomore slump and more than proved he can carry his own weight in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In just his second year competing full-time in the series, Ragan finished 13th in the point standings and earned six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes all while barely missing the cut off for the Chase.
Ragan led the Sprint Cup Series in number of laps completed and earned the respect of many of the veterans in the sport. On top of competing full time in the Sprint Cup Series, Ragan also was one of four drivers that pulled double duty competing full-time in the Nationwide Series as well. Ragan finished out the Nationwide Series fourth in the point standings and earned seven top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.
Consistency proved to play a key role in Ragan’s successful 2008 season. Ragan drove safe and made smart moves on the track, while crew chief Jimmy Fennig made the right calls in the pits. All the hard work combined to have the No. 6 running up front at the end of each race and is why Ragan finished out ’08 with the most laps completed in the series.
When asked what type of track is his favorite Ragan will tell you he prefers the short tracks, but by looking at his 2008 results you can see he’s very well rounded. Ragan finished in the top five in three of the four superspeedway races in 2008. Unfortunately his worst superspeedway finish came in the season-opener Daytona 500. The car bottomed out and shot up the track, ending Ragan’s day early. Ragan also ran consistently well at 1.5-mile and two-mile tracks. In two trips to two-mile Michigan International Speedway Ragan earned an eighth-place and a third-place finish. Ragan was in contention in the season-finale Ford 400, but ran out of fuel on the final lap.
Ragan’s first win may have eluded him in 2008, but the future looks bright that his first victory will come in 2009. Veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig will remain with Ragan and so will his team who consistently proved to be an asset in aiding Ragan on and off pit road. In addition UPS will be Ragan’s primary sponsor starting in 2009.
“Our goal for 2008 was to make the Chase,” said Ragan. “Unfortunately we didn’t achieve that, but we came very close and ran consistently so in my eyes it was still a successful season. We finished 13th which is the next best thing to making the Chase. It’s been great having AAA as a sponsor, but I’m excited for next year with UPS. I’ve got all my same team moving into 2009 and we should be good right from the start. I need to do my part and work on road courses, but besides that we’ll keep our goal of making the Chase and winning races.”
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Travis Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.