David Ragan may still not know whether or not he can find a new ride for 2016 now that that Michael Waltrup Racing has officially faded into the history books, one thing he is certain about is the fact that he is about to become a father for the second time. In fact, he tweeted the good news Thanksgiving by confirming that wife Jacquelyn Ragan, will give birth to another daughter in the next few months. The Ragans first daughter, Julia, was born June 11, 2014.
NASCAR drivers have been experiencing quite boom over the past 12 months, including 22-year old Kyle Larson who became a first-time dad when girlfriend
Katelyn Sweet delivered their son Owen Miyata in December. Others who welcomed new babies to their families during the past season were Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne and Reed Sorenson, among others.
Ragan finished the season piloting MWR’ No, 55 Toyota after driving for Front Row Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota (as substitute for an injured Kyle Busch). In fact, his best finish was 5th at Martinsville in the spring for JGR, for his only top-10 finish. He ended the season 27th in points. with one top-10 finish. His best finish was fifth at Martinsville in the spring for JGR.
Now, with the demise of the Waltrip team, Ragan will be hard put to find a permanent place with few (if any) full-time rides available in the Sprint Cup series next season.
“Some teams have reached out to me. I’ve reached out to a few teams. Ultimately I don’t have anything in the works or coming together right now,” Ragan told FOXSports.com during Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. “I’m trying to be as patient as I can just to see what happens. A lot of times things change that are unexpected with some of these top teams in the last months of the season. We’ve had guys get fired after Homestead before. Drivers have issues, different things happen, so I’m patiently waiting for the right opportunity.”
In the meantime, Ragan also hinted that he would be willing to compete in the Xfinity or Camping World Truck Series provided that he could find the right team.
David Ragan, 29, is the son of former racer Ken Ragan, who now manages his son’s career as well as currently working at David Ragan Ford, a car dealership owned by his son. David began his racing career racing in the Bandolero Series at age 12, before moving on to compete in the Goody’s Dash Series with Cam Strader at 16. After one year, he moved to the Legends Pro-Division to race for Mark Martin. He concluded the season by finishing fourth in the point standings. At age 18, Ragan began racing in the Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and the ARCA Racing Series. He later moved the Sprint Cup Series, replacing Mark Martin in the #6, and driving for Roush Fenway Racing in 2007. Between 2007 and 2011, he has recorded 30 top-tens in the series, including his 1st career Sprint Cup race, the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. His second win, the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013, was also the first win for Front Row Motorsports.