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David Ragan Entering Daytona 500 for Rick Ware Racing

Auto Club 500 Practice

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In his first act post-retirement from full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition, David Ragan is returning to the Great American Race. Ragan will drive the No. 36 in the season-opening Daytona 500 for Rick Ware Racing, he announced Friday, Jan. 10. Ragan will be sponsored by Select Blinds and Speedy Cash for the race. Despite being …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: David Ragan


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While Kyle Busch performed celebratory championship burnouts on the frontstretch at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series in November, David Ragan took a minute to debrief his team on the performance of his car, a 27th-place finish, for the final time in the 2019 season and the final time in his 14-year, 470-race Cup …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Monster Ending Goes Out with a Whimper


Well, the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is over, and Kyle Busch has won his second title, overcoming teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing, as they all had problems of one sort or another (documented elsewhere by my colleagues). While Busch did run the full season …

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Paul Menard, David Ragan End Full-Time NASCAR Careers

2019 Homestead Cup David Ragan Jeff Burton Phil Allaway

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While the focus on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway was clearly on the Championship 4, there were other stories in play.  For both Paul Menard and David Ragan, Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 marked their final races as full-time drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Menard had a relatively quiet race and mostly ran around …

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Kyle Busch Cruises To Ford EcoBoost 400 Victory, 2nd NASCAR Cup Title

2019 Homestead MENCS Kyle Busch Trophy CCK

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Kyle Busch is a NASCAR champion once again. For the second time in five years, Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and with it the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. A 21-race winless streak left Busch a bit of an underdog heading in, but a consistent, mistake-free performance led to a …

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Kyle Busch Leads Lone Homestead Practice, Joe Gibbs Racing 1-2-3

2019 Homestead Cup Kyle Busch Car Phil Allaway

Joe Gibbs Racing came out swinging in the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice held before Sunday’s (Nov. 17) season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Busch led a 1-2-3 practice sweep as the team’s three title contenders led from virtually the drop of the green flag. Busch posted a one-lap speed of 168.966 mph, …

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One Race To Go In David Ragan’s Full-Time Career: “Everything Just Came To A Head”

2017 Las Vegas CUP David Ragan Russell LaBounty NKP

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This weekend’s 2019 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks the end to David Ragan‘s full-time driving career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. A career spanning almost a decade and a half at the top level of North American motorsports has included plenty of ups and downs, as Ragan competed for different teams, drove …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Fantastic Four

2019 Phoenix MENCS Denny Hamlin Victory Lane NKP

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ONE: The Championship Four All week long, conventional wisdom suggested that Kyle Busch (+22 points up on fifth place) and Joey Logano (+20 on fifth) would secure their berths alongside Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick in the final four for the second straight season. While each of the four drivers below the cut line …

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The Underdog House: David Ragan Going Out On A High Note

2019 Martinsville MENCS David Ragan Racing NKP

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Top of the Class David Ragan announced earlier this year that he would be stepping away from the role of full-time NASCAR driver to focus on the role he plays within his family. He got a solid sendoff from Martinsville Speedway on Sunday (Oct. 27). Ragan, a two-time winner at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Debris in the Wind

2019 Kansas MENCS Denny Hamlin Restart NKP

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Kansas isn’t exactly known as a state full of scenic beauty, unlike its neighbors Colorado, Nebraska and Missouri. (Oklahoma has its fair share of scenery as well.) Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the Hollywood Casino 400, at Kansas Speedway (located on the Sunflower State side of Kansas City) felt like a typical stormy …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 1000Bulbs.com 500

2019 Daytona I CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr NKP

Good luck this week filling out your daily fantasy lineup this week for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway — you’re going to need all the luck you can get. Talladega is always one of the biggest unknowns on the Cup schedule, as the 2.66-mile superspeedway is known for producing rare …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Longest Active Winless Streaks in All 3 Series

2017 Daytona I CWTS Joe Nemechek Barry Cantrell NKP

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It’s hard to believe that Kyle Larson had not won in 75 races. Or the fact that Jimmie Johnson still can’t find victory lane. While Larson was able to take a home a much needed checkered flag last Sunday (Oct. 6) at Dover International Raceway to end his winless streak in the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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