Hometown: Unadilla, GA
Birthday: December 24, 1985
First Career Cup race: September 24, 2006 (Dover)
Career Cup Poles: 2
Career Cup Wins: 2
Best Cup Championship Finish: 13th – 2008
David Ragan first hit the racetrack at age 11, beginning a racing career in the Bandolero Series in 1997 under the guidance of his father, former Winston Cup driver Ken Ragan. After winning two national championships within three years, he progressed to the Legends Cars Series enjoying more success as a young teenager. After turning 16, David competed in the NASCAR Late Model Series at short tracks around North Carolina.
As soon as he turned 18, Ragan made his first foray in NASCAR, running Camping World Truck and XFINITY series events, along with a limited ARCA schedule. His hard work paid off when Jack Roush selected him in 2007 to be the driver of the No. 6 Ford in what is now called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Ragan proved Roush had made the right decision, finishing the 2007 season as runner-up for the Rookie of the Year title in the Cup Series and winning Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Ragan’s Cup Series career hit its first major milestone in 2011. After nearly winning the season- opening Daytona 500, he finally earned his first Cup Series victory in July at Daytona International Speedway with his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team.
After a move to the No. 34 Ford of Front Row Motorsports, Ragan made the sports world take notice in 2013 when he scored an upset victory at Talladega Superspeedway – a last-lap surge to the checkers while being pushed by teammate David Gilliland. The win was the first ever for Front Row Motorsports and, with a second-place finish by Gilliland, became the most memorable and celebrated day in the team’s history.
With a resume of accomplishments to show for his time in the Cup series, Ragan saw the 2015 season turned unexpectedly into the year of him serving as “super sub.” He was tapped by Joe Gibbs Racing to fill in for an injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota for the first part of the season, then by Michael Waltrip Racing to replace an ailing Brian Vickers in the No. 55 Toyota.
After racing for Toyota and BK Racing in 2016, Ragan welcomed a return to Front Row Motorsports for the 2017 season behind the wheel of the No. 38 Ford. In the team’s 2018 campaign, Ragan averaged a 23rd-place finish – the best in Front Row history – and finished 25th in the point standings, a team history-best for the No. 38 car.
Now entering his 13th season, Ragan has amassed 4 wins, 33 top-five, 97 top-10 finishes, and 6 poles across the three national NASCAR series. David and the #38 team is looking to set more milestones for this still-growing team in 2019.