David Ragan had a great weekend out at Kansas Speedway where he came off with an impressive performance from Saturday.
It took a lot of hard work from a limited-budget team to match the speed with the competitors that have much better equipment than Ragan’s.
The hard will continue when he and the No.38 team try to earn a final manual spot through the first qualifying event in the Premier All-Star race this weekend.
And the first ten days of Thunder takes place at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
David Ragan started out from 20th which followed on from his superior lap times from practice and qualifying.
He dropped down a few spots to 24th where he tried to figure out why.
The car looked tight on the center and a bit slippery through the corners.
So, when the competition caution came out, Ragan’s pit crew made a wedge adjustment to help balance out the car.
The car still feeling a bit slippery off the exit as Ragan struggled to move places from 23rd place.
Once the first pit stop cycle begins, the No.38 pit crew did a superior job where Ragan managed to beat six other drivers off pit road.
Even NASCAR on FOX reported that his latest pit stop held at the joint-fastest alongside Denny Hamlin.
He came home 23rd in Stage 1, but that stop gave Ragan plenty of optimism onto the next stage.
Despite going one lap down at the time, Ragan still ran within the Top 20 in 19th behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
What’s better about his position right now is the track bar seemed to have improved which is good news for Ragan.
The pit stop under green in the second stage is good before Ragan came home in 19th towards the half-way point.
He’s still two laps down at the start of the final stage despite running in 19th.
When the first caution came out with 30 laps left, Ragan stayed out on the track.
He’s still a lap down to the leaders on the restart.
However, Ragan still holds the lucky dog position praying that caution would come in at any moment from now.
That granted his wish when Kyle Larson got involved with Ryan Blaney just 20 laps before the checkered flag.
17 cars on the lead lap next time by with Ragan back on the lead lap.
Then there’s another multi-car pile up with 15 laps to go, and Ragan managed to avoid the accident OK.
He and the No.38 crew made their last stop by cleaning the grille of the car before they came home in 13th.
Season Summary So far.
- 12 Starts
- 3763 of 3902 laps completed, 96.4%
- One Top 10, 8.3%
- Average Start: 21.9 & Finish: 21.8
- DNF: One, Crash (Daytona 500)
- Highest Qualifying Position: 12th, April 2018 in Talladega
- Best Finish: 6th, April 2018 in Talladega
- He currently sits 25th in the Drivers’ Standings with 191 points.
- 30th, Daytona 500
- 23rd, Atlanta
- 23rd, Las Vegas
- 22nd, Phoenix
- 25th, Fontana
- 25th, Martinville
- 23rd, Fort Worth
- 12th, Bristol
- 33rd, Richmond
- 6th, Talladega
- 27th, Dover
- 13th, Kansas
David Ragan’s All-Star Race History
He has competed in an All-Star race during the main events over four occasions between 2011-2014.
The first time he got to compete in the main event is by manual qualification.
That’s where Ragan won the initial Monster Energy Open round before he went on to finish in 8th.
Based on his July Daytona win in 2011, Ragan automatically qualified to compete in the Main All-Star Race the following year.
He too came home in 18th out of a 23-car field.
Ragan almost had to go back to qualifying for the Charlotte exhibition round after he switched teams from Roush to Front Row.
However, his win at Talladega in April that year has earned Ragan a late automatic spot.
He too finished in 19th before improved by a few spots at P13 in 2014.
The last three All-Star stints are all manual open rounds where we haven’t see a lot from Ragan in the premier event.
It’s going to be tough for a limited-budget team to get past the better teams.
But, everyone is sure that David Ragan will put his absolute best to win the Monster Energy Open and enter the main event on his fifth overall stint.
David Ragan and the No.38 crew always worked tirelessly hard throughout the race.
With Front Row Motorsports have limited budget resources, they know it’s tough to make it towards the top.
Forget about being too optimistic because all Ragan wanted to do is have a fast race car from start to finish.
The lap times during qualifying are excellent which gave plenty of optimism for Ragan on race day.
Despite having difficulty with the car in the first Stage, Ragan’s crew worked a lot on the problems that affected his position.
Then Ragan’s inquiry over team radio helped him get through the checkered flag by winning the lucky dog and his impressive P13 finish.
There’s a lot of reasons why you cannot ignore David Ragan’s talents after he been through over the years since leaving Roush.
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