Dover, Del. (May 30, 2009) – David Ragan and the No. 6 Discount Tire team continued their struggles in the Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway. Ragan and the team appeared to have conquered the Monster Mile, qualifying in the second position and running in the top five all day, but contact with the wall and the No. 33 car on lap 144 damaged the Ford Fusion beyond repair. It was an unlucky break and disappointing end to a promising weekend.
Ragan had a fast car for most of the race and executed a brilliant race strategy. Ragan ran up front with the formidable pair of Joey Logano and Kyle Busch early on. Ragan hit all of his marks and was smooth on and off the throttle. After 80 laps Ragan was in the third position with no real threats behind him. The Discount Tire Ford Fusion was the class of the field and was well within striking distance of race leader Kyle Busch. At the halfway point of the race Ragan commented his Ford Fusion was a little loose under throttle, but it did not affect his focus or his position on the race track.
The race was marred with five cautions the first 90 laps, but Ragan never lost his rhythm on each restart. On lap 115, Ragan commented his Ford Fusion needed more rear grip under throttle. The problem persisted until he was called to the pit stall after the sixth caution of the afternoon on lap 129. Crew chief Mike Kelley ordered four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The Discount Tire pit crew had a solid pit stop that enabled Ragan to secure the fourth position when green-flag racing resumed on lap 138.
On lap 140, Ragan battled Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski for the third position. Ragan fought hard to secure the position, but on lap 144 Ragan got loose in turn two, made contact with the No. 33 driven by Kevin Harvick and slammed the inside wall. The Discount Tire Ford Fusion was damaged beyond repair.
“We had a fast race car today and I feel horrible that we have nothing to show for it,” said Ragan. “Our Discount Tire team worked hard on our Ford Fusion and I feel like we let this one get away. I got loose in turn two and lost it. We’ve got a strong enough team, we can rebound from it and get back in the mix for an owners championship.”
The No. 6 team is currently eighth in owner points, 191 behind the leader.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating nine motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto www.RoushFenway.com. For sponsorship inquiries please contact Robin Johnson at 704.720.4645.