KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 27, 2008) – David Ragan and the No. 6 Discount Tire team had their best finish of the season in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. After qualifying in the top 10, Ragan kept his Ford Fusion in contention all afternoon and brought home a third-place finish. It was Ragan’s sixth top-five and 19th top-10 of the season.
Ragan started the race in ninth and kept his Ford Fusion in the top 10 early in the race. Many of NASCARS top racers ran among the lead pack, but the action was slowed on lap 15 for a one-car wreck in turn three. Most of the top 10 chose not to pit, but crew chief Mike Kelley called Ragan to the pit stall for adjustments on lap 16. Kelley ordered four tires and fuel. The Discount Tire pit crew got Ragan back on the track in just 12.6 seconds. Ragan restarted the race in the 18th position. When green-flag racing resumed, Ragan gained five positions in two laps and continued to work his way through the running order in a hurry. The second caution of the day flew on lap 28. Ragan stayed out on the race track, picking up valuable track position. On the restart, on lap 33, Ragan was in the third position.
For the next 50 laps Ragan ran in the top five and was entrenched in a battle with Kevin Harvick and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle for the top spot. On lap 91, Ragan commented his Ford Fusion was a little free. Ragan fell to the eighth position, but the fifth caution of the day flew on lap 92. Kelley called Ragan to the pit stall on lap 93 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The Discount Tire pit crew continued to deliver in a clutch. A 12.9 second pit stop got Ragan back on the track in the top five. Green-flag racing resumed on lap 96.
On lap 120, Ragan faced adversity for the first time in the race. He commented his Ford Fusion was tight all around and needed to turn better under throttle. Ragan dropped four positions in 30 laps, but continued to race extremely hard. Ragan made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 153. Ragan was able to get four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment. It was a brilliant pit strategy that allowed Ragan to settle in the seventh position upon exiting the pit stall. The caution flew a lap later. The untimely caution was a tremendous break for the Discount Tire team. When green-flag racing resumed, Ragan was in the fifth position. The last 36 laps were a mad dash to the finish. Ragan let it all hangout and was rewarded with a spectacular third-place finish.
“Well, that’s about the best we’ve been on a mile-and-a-half track in a while,” said Ragan. We always seem to be pretty good on Friday, but when the green flag drops we’re usually pretty average. Today we had great pit stops and we made good adjustments during the race. Our Discount Tire Ford Fusion came to life the last 40 laps and I felt like we had a top two car. It was a great day for the Discount Tire team.”
The third-place finish leaves Ragan fifth in the Nationwide Series point standings. Ragan and the team will return to action Friday, October 10 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
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, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.