It's in the blood
Hometown: Unadilla, GA
Weight: 150 lbs
Marital Status: MARRIED
Residence: Huntersville, NC
David Ragan began racing in the Bandolero Series in 1997, at 12 years old. Under the guidance of his father, former Winston Cup driver, Ken Ragan, David had years of experience instilled in him before he ever hit the racetrack. Not wanting to be known as just the son of a former driver, David made sure to let his on-track performance prove that he was out to establish his own reputation. He accomplished his goal, winning 12 races and the National Championship in just his second year of competition.
David continued to race in the Bandolero Series for the next two years, again winning the National Championship in 1999. He progressed to a full-size car soon after when he began competing in the Goody’s Dash Series. This move would help him prepare for the next step in his career.
David partnered with Dash Series driver, Cam Strader, and went to work in his shop. The experience he gained would prove invaluable to his future. When they were not getting the Dash cars ready to run, they were working on two late model cars that David would run the following year.
With the help of Strader, David ran several late model races across the southeast in 2002. Still too young to compete in the NASCAR divisions, David made sure he was running the most comparable equipment possible. He began his relationship with Mark Martin, driving for him in the Legends Pro-Division, finishing fourth in series points out of 60 plus drivers.
As soon as he turned 18, David made his first foray in NASCAR running select Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series events, along with a limited ARCA schedule. He qualified second in his first ARCA start, and led a number of laps before a cut tire took him out of contention. It was obvious his hard work and preparation were well on the way to paying off, and David was on his way to making it in NASCAR’s premier series.
After participating in Roush’s “Driver X” competition in 2005, Ragan was selected as co-driver of the No.6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford F-150 with teammate, Mark Martin. In the 19 races that David started in the Camping World Truck Series he was able to achieve one top five, eight top 10s and one pole. He also competed in a select number of Nationwide and Cup series events. David’s hard work really paid off toward the end of the 2006 season when he was selected by Jack Roush to be the driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series in 2007.
Ragan proved Roush had made the right decision picking him to drive the No. 6 by finishing out the 2007 season as the runner up for the Rookie of the Year title in the Sprint Cup Series and winning Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In addition to that he had two top-five finishes, the highlight being a fifth-place finish in the 2007 Daytona 500 and a third-place finish at Richmond in the fall.
The 2008 season marked Ragan’s sophomore season in the Sprint Cup Series. In just his second year competing full-time in the series, Ragan finished 13th in the point standings and earned six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes all while barely missing the cut off for the Chase. Ragan led the Sprint Cup Series in number of laps completed and earned the respect of many of the veterans in the sport. On top of competing full time in the Sprint Cup Series, Ragan also was one of four drivers that pulled double duty competing full-time in the Nationwide Series as well. Ragan finished out the Nationwide Series fourth in the point standings with seven top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.
The 2009 season was Ragan’s first year with UPS as his primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series. On track Ragan finished out the Cup season with two top-10 and six top-15 finishes, while earning his first two victories in the Nationwide Series at Talladega and Bristol. Despite running a partial Nationwide schedule Ragan earned five top-five and 15 top-10 finishes including his two victories.
The 2010 NASCAR season was a step in the right direction to get David and the No. 6 UPS Ford back to the front of the pack, where they belong. Ragan kicked off his second season with UPS as his sponsor under the direction of crew chief Donnie Wingo, but with nine races remaining in the season Drew Blickensderfer took over control of the team. In the final nine races Ragan’s average starting position went up over eight positions and his average finish over two. Ragan finished out 2010 with three top-10 and eight top-15 finishes, while also completing 97.8 percent of the scheduled race laps.
David Ragan spent the 2011 season behind the wheel of the No. 6 UPS Ford. Ragan had a successful season and earned his first victory in the Sprint Cup Series in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July. Along with the one regular season victory, he also earned a win in the Sprint Showdown. That win advanced him the Sprint All-Star race, which he drove from the back of the field to an 8th place finish. Ragan earned his first pole starting position at Texas in the spring and followed it up with another pole at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ragan finished the season with one win, two poles, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes to his name.
David Ragan joined Front Row Motorsports in January of 2012 after racing with Roush Fenway Racing for 6 years. He raced alongside teammates David Gilliland and Josh Wise for the 2012 and 2013 season. In his first two years for the Ford team based out of Statesville, NC. Ragan collected 2 top 5's, 4 top 10's, and a dramatic win at Talladega Super Speedway in 2013. It was Front Row Motorsports first win in the Sprint Cup Series. Ragan has made back to back All-Star appearances for Front Row Motorsports and looks to carry the momentum into 2014. CSX, Farm Rich, Safercar.gov and Loves Travel Stops are all returning for the 2014 season. Look out for the #34 at all the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this year.