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Maybe Showdown win will propel Ragan to bigger things

By admin | May 22, 2011

By Richard Allen


Sometimes a driver just needs something to happen that can provide a confidence boost and propel him to greater heights. Perhaps Saturday night’s win in the Sprint Showdown last chance qualifying race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway will be such a confidence booster for David Ragan.

The young Georgia native drives for one of the top teams in the sport in Roush Fenway Racing, but his performance has trailed well behind the results posted by more well known teammates Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle. So, there has to be at least some pressure being applied by sponsors, owners and even the driver himself to improve.

Ragan has certainly had his opportunities. Most notably, he appeared to be on his way to winning the Daytona 500 back in February until a late race penalty dashed his hopes of claiming NASCAR’s biggest prize.

Ragan went on to finish 8th in the Sprint All Star Race after his Showdown victory.

There are a number of drivers who can run well at various times during the day but there are not nearly as many who can seal the deal at so called winning time. Even though it was in a race with a limited field, Ragan has finally shown an ability to seal the deal and get to victory lane at the Sprint Cup level.

Currently, Ragan ranks 20th in the Sprint Cup standings after having compiled one top-5 and three top-10 finishes in 2011. Considering that his three teammates are all in the top-12 of the standings, it would seem logical to believe that the driver of car #6 needs to step up his performance.

After Saturday, he may now have the confidence to do just that.

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