FONTANA, Calif. (August 30, 2008) – David Ragan and the No. 6 America’s Tire team overcame many challenges throughout the evening in the Camping World RV Service 300 at Fontana. Ragan fought an ill-handling racecar for much of the night, but was determined to secure a good finish. Ragan and the team were able to make accurate adjustments towards the end of the race that allowed them to put an end to their recent struggles and collect a well deserved ninth-place finish.
The race started on a 48-lap green-flag run that allowed Ragan to pick up four spots immediately. Ragan’s Ford Fusion was tight center off from the outset of the race but he handled the car with exceptional skill. Ragan made his first pit stop under a green flag on lap 38. Crew chief Mike Kelley called for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Ragan exited the pit stall in the 24th position, but as the rest of the field cycled through their green-flag stops, Ragan settled into the 10th position by lap 48. A debris caution put a halt to the action on lap 55. Ragan commented his Ford Fusion needed to turn better late exit. Kelley ordered Ragan to the pit stall on lap 57 for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Ragan exited the pit stall in the 11th position. Green-flag racing resumed on lap 60.
Ragan cracked the top-10 on lap 63 and never looked back. Despite the car’s handling woes Ragan ran a clean race, using different lines on the race track to get around lap cars and put pressure on the lead pack. Kelley realized time was running out in the race and wanted to make more adjustments before the majority of the field cycled through green-flag pit stops. He called Ragan to the pits on lap 122. Kelley ordered four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Fortunately, the America’s Tire pit crew had their best stop of the day when it counted the most. Ragan exited the pit stall in just 13.7 seconds. By lap 129 he was in the ninth position where he stayed for the remainder of the race. The caution flew as the white-flag waved, ending the race and freezing the running order. Ragan collected his 16th top-10 finish of the season.
“Considering the last couple of weeks, it was pretty good run,” said Ragan. “We were average when we loaded, but we just kept working on our America’s Tire Ford Fusion toward the end of the race. I think we were pretty good. If we could start the weekend all over again, I think we’d be alright. We’ve got to keep working. It was nice to get a top-10, but we’re still off from where we need to be.”
The ninth-place finish leaves Ragan sixth in the Nationwide Series point standings. Ragan and the team will return to action Friday, September 5th at Richmond International Raceway.
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.