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- Updated: January 19, 2016
By Jerry Jordan — CHARLOTTE – After several promising opportunities at a full-time ride in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fell to the wayside over the off-season, sources have confirmed that David Ragan has a deal to drive the No. 23 Dr. Pepper Toyota for BK Racing in 2016.
Heading into the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2015, Ragan was the favorite to drive the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports but a last-minute influx of sponsorship and cash helped foist Brian Scott into the driver’s seat.
Ragan drove for several different teams in 2015 with the first being Front Row Motorsports. He left Front Row to fill in for the injured Kyle Busch for nine races. He then joined forces with Michael Waltrip Racing to fill in for Brian Vickers. That position came open after it was announced at California Speedway that Vickers had developed another blood clot and would be placed on medications that would prevent him from being behind the wheel.
Ragan looked to have found a home in the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine but bad news would hit again when Michael Waltrip Racing announced it would be closing its doors at the end of the season. So, once again, Ragan knew he would be looking for a ride. Now, he’s found it.
Although the details of the agreement are still in their infancy and haven’t yet, been made public, sources did confirm to Kickin’ the Tires that Ragan had a deal. Attempts to reach out to Ragan regarding his future have been unsuccessful and in the past he said he didn’t want to say anything that might jinx an opportunity.
When contacted, a representative for BK Racing declined to comment on the report.
The ride was previously piloted by J.J. Yeley and then by Jeb Burton in a car switch last season. There has been no word on Yeley’s or Burton’s futures.