AVONDALE, Ariz. (April 17, 2009) – David Ragan and the No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion team were primed for a great run in the Bashas Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. After qualifying in the 12th position, Ragan showed patience and poise throughout the race, working his way to the front despite an ill-handling race car to claim a sixth-place finish. It was Ragan’s fifth top-10 of the 2009 season.
Early on Ragan appeared to be on a mission to break into the win column. Despite a tight race car, Ragan maneuvered through the field into the top-10. Ragan was not done yet. He saw an opportunity to crack the top five just 20 laps into the race, but his momentum was slowed for three consecutive cautions 30 laps into the race.
Ragan got into a rhythm during a 60 lap green-flag run that saw him pick-up three spots and settle into the eighth position. Ragan was determined to gain more valuable track position so he used a cerebral approach as the halfway point of the race neared. Ragan replaced all out aggression with poise and patience, leaving very little doubt that he was going to be a major player when the checkered flag waved. The fifth caution of the night waved on lap 148, for a single car wreck in turn one. Crew chief Mike Kelley ordered Ragan to the pit stall for fuel, four tires and an air pressure adjustment. A stellar effort by the Discount Tire pit crew allowed Ragan to stay in the sixth position. Green-flag racing resumed on lap 153.
Ragan realized time was running out on his chances of a historic win. Through brilliant pit stops and race strategy, Ragan secured the fourth position by lap 184. Ragan was within striking distance and relished in the opportunity to wreck havoc on the race leaders. A multi-car wreck in turn four halted the action with 20 laps to go in the race. Green-flag racing resumed on lap 194, only to be slowed by another caution on lap 195, which set up a green-white-checkered finish. Ragan assumed the fourth position on the restart, but got shuffled back in the pack and finished the race in the sixth position.
“Our Discount Tire team did an outstanding job tonight,” said Ragan. “It was a long 200 laps tonight, but a fun 200 laps. We passed a lot of cars and made it interesting at the end of the race, but we just didn’t have enough to put pressure on the race leader. I am so happy that my teammate Greg Biffle got Jack his 100th Nationwide win and I am proud to be a part of the historic event.”
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.