David Ragan, Young Guns Prove Their Worth in NASCAR

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IJune 17, 2008

He started the year finishing 42nd in the Daytona 500, and many wondered if David Ragan's rookie troubles would drive him to a sophomore slump.

Since then, however, the twenty two year old hasn't finished worse than a 27th place finish at Phoenix.

Compare that to last year, where Ragan had an average finish of 24.5, with two top ten's and three top tens.

He's now a mere ten points out of the Chase.  How's that for a turnaround?

And he's not the only young gun showing he belongs in NASCAR.  These very young drivers running up front and eventually winning races definitely look to be the future of the sport. 

Erik Darnell won a thrilling Craftsman Truck Series event Saturday in Michigan, beating veteran Johnny Benson by .005.

Another young gun, Joey Lagano, won by a lap 147 pass on Kyle Busch in Kentucky.  And in case you haven't heard, it was only Lagano's third start, his second in a row on the pole.

Yes, and with drivers like Brad Keselowski, Krissy Wallace, and Bryan Clauson also coming up, NASCAR be warned:

The youth movement is officially here to stay.