CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2009) – The stage was set for a great run in the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. David Ragan and the No. 6 Discount Tire team looked to win their second race of the season. Ragan started the race from the fourth position and challenged for the lead right away. Ragan ran in the top 10 most of the night until NASCAR red-flagged the race due to rain, calling the event 30 laps short of its scheduled distance of 200 laps.
The race started under caution due to inclement weather throughout the afternoon. The green-flag fell on lap six. Ragan and the Discount Tire team got out of the gates fast at Lowe’s Motor Speedway when Ragan took over the second position on lap 10 and challenged race leader and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards early on. The race was dominated early on by the Roush Fenway Racing contingent of Edwards, Ragan and Greg Biffle, all in the top five. On lap 45, Ragan commented his Ford Fusion was tight through the corners and in traffic. The handling problems continued for the next 40 laps until a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 85. Crew chief Mike Kelley called for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. After cycling through green-flag pit stops, Ragan was scored in the ninth position on lap 89.
Ragan continued to battle through the field at the halfway point of the race. His Ford Fusion was among the fastest in the field despite minor handling problems. Ragan commented the car was bouncing on entry into the corners, but Ragan was still able to gain control of the sixth position on lap 136. Kelley ordered Ragan to the pit stall on lap 148 under a green-flag for four tires, fuel and slight air pressure adjustment. The caution flew for the fourth time of the night for a one-car spin in turn two on lap 153. The Discount Tire team, along with the majority of the field, found themselves one lap down because they had all stopped for service. Ragan restarted the race on lap 160 in the eighth position.
The race took on a different feel on the restart. The strongest cars were all at the tail-end of the lead lap and it appeared a shootout to the finish was eminent. At the same time the weather appeared to be worsening. A light ran began to fall over the race track on lap 165, while Ragan ran in the seventh position. The caution flew on lap 169 and NASCAR red-flagged the race on lap 170.
Ragan finished the rain-shortened event in the seventh position.
“We fought hard tonight,” said Ragan. “We were pretty good out front, but toward the end of the race it just got tighter and tighter. We just needed to be better in certain areas. I am proud of the Discount Tire team. We have been pretty consistent all year long and we have put ourselves in position to win every week. We will be a force for the rest of the year.”
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.