David Ragan: ‘I still love motorsports and I still love racing’

Photo By: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla –David Ragan’s back. OK, for now it’s a one-off race in Sunday’s 62nd annual Daytona 500, but he stated at Daytona 500 media day that he won’t treat it as his last NASCAR race.

“I don’t really treat it as my last one. Man, I am 34 years old. I don’t want to stay on this earth and never race again,” stated Ragan. “I know I am not going to be in Las Vegas, but I am sure there will be a few more races throughout the year that I will pop up and run. It is a little more relaxing coming down here knowing you don’t have to worry about your down force car sitting at the race shop or how your pit crew will be all season long or if you made the right acquisitions on the engineering staff or those things that go into making a team competitive all season long.”

Ragan is locked into Sunday’s event in the No. 36 Select Blinds Ford Mustang under the Rick Ware Racing banner. SpeedyCash will also be on board as a sponsor as well.

David Ragan lands 62nd annual Daytona 500 ride

“All I have to worry about is the Daytona 500. I take it as seriously as I would if we were running a full season, but I am not distracted by any of the other noise that goes with starting a full season. It is fun to be down here, Ragan said. “I still love motorsports and I love racing. I want to race for a long time. This is an important big race and a fun race to be at. Who know what my future will be like at the Daytona 500, but I hope I can run more down the road.”

The 34-year old ‘retired’ from full-time racing following November’s season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway but he’s stated all along he wasn’t done and would still race from time to time in NASCAR.

Ragan, a Georgia native as a bucket list of races he’d like to run at some point, in addition to some he has previously raced in, including his Legend car where he got his start in racing.

“I want to go back and race like the Snowball Derby and my Legends car at the Thursday Thunder races at Atlanta Motor Speedway where I got my start,” stated Ragan. “I’d also like to run the 24-hours one day and a Martinsville truck race. I would love to go back to Toledo and Salem, Indiana. ORP and some of the great short tracks that I ran in my ARCA car back in 2004 and 2005. There are some fun races that I would love to run down the road without running full time on the Cup side. It will allow me that opportunity to hopefully explore some of those opportunities.”

Overall in Cup Series competition at Daytona, Ragan has one win coming in July of 2011 with Roush Fenway Racing, in addition to three top-five and five top-10 finishes in 26 career starts.

One Comment

  1. Arlene Holmes

    February 16, 2020 at 9:12 am

    David I saved a box of pictures etc. that I want to give you of your racing.

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