David Ragan has known racing all his life. His father ran on what is now the Sprint Cup. Seeing that success prompted Ragan to start racing at the age of 12.
At 18, Ragan started driving trucks, then made his way through the ARCA and Nationwide circuits. In 2007, Ragan followed in his father’s footsteps when he debuted in the #6. Ragan was second in Rookie of the Year standings and won that honor in the Busch Series.
In 2008, Ragan almost made the Chase, finishing 13th in the points. His success made such waves that long-time sponsor UPS left Michael Waltrip Racing to sponsor Ragan.
So far, Ragan hasn’t been able to deliver on those expectations. Ragan slipped in 2009, finishing 27th in the points. In 2010, he moved up to 24th in the points.
2011 will be a make or break year for Ragan. So far, things have looked good. Ragan received a vote of confidence from Jack Roush, who said he hoped to extend Ragan’s contract with Roush Fenway Racing. Ragan also ran extremely well at Daytona, where it took a black flag to get him out of the lead late in the race.