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Off the Wall With: David Ragan

What was your first race car and what number was it?

David Ragan: My first car was a Bandolero car at Atlanta Motor Speedway and it was No. 77.

What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you during a race?

Ragan: Oh man, I got carbon monoxide poisoning at Montreal in an XFINITY race. Threw up inside the racecar and was really, really sick and really uncomfortable. That was the most weird, embarrassing and not-fun thing to happen.

What was the first concert you ever attended?

Ragan: It was in Nashville, Tennessee. I just got out of high school and I went to it … I think it was the Doobie Brothers and Tom Petty. I think they were doing a combo thing. So Tom Petty and the Doobie Brothers.

What’s the best practical joke you were ever involved in, as either perpetrator or victim?

Ragan: I don’t know. I’m not a real jokester, I’m pretty much a serious guy. I enjoy to sit back and watch funny things but I don’t really know if I’ve been a part of any good ones.

What was the worst thing you hid from your parents as a kid?

Ragan: [Nothing. I always got] from my mom, ‘I’m going to call your dad and he’s going to give you a spanking when he gets home.’

About the author

Growing up in Easton, Pa., Zach Catanzareti has grown his auto racing interest from fandom to professional. Joining Frontstretch in 2015, Zach enjoys nothing more than being at the track, having covered his first half-season of 18 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. With experience behind the wheel, behind the camera and in the media center, he thrives on being an all-around reporter.

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