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David Ragan is going to be a tough one for me. It seems like everytime I start to count this kid out, he has a run like he had at Richmond to keep me wondering.
Plus, Roush Fenway Racing, and really Ford Motor Company in general are running better. He's already through nine races has more top 10's and top-5s than he's had in the last two seasons, dating back to that magical 2008 season.
In 2008, Ragan got red hot following a 4th place finish at Talladega, the ninth race of the season.
The ninth race in 2011, Richmond, he finished 4th.
So far in 2011 Ragan has 1 top 5 and three top tens. After Talladega in 2008, one top-5, and two top 10's.
Ragan made it to 13th in points by the time Richmond came around and barely missed the chase. With two more years under his belt, and Trevor Bayne lurking around waiting for a ride in 2012, that may be all the fire Ragan needs to compete.
UPS is probably growing impatient too. In their 10th season in racing, they haven't won much, and have never made a chase.
But 2011 will be the year they will contend for one. Mark that down right now. David Ragan is a CONTENDER, you heard it here first. You will be shocked, and no not just for the wild card, but for the top-10. All of the Roush Fords will be in the 2011 chase, ready to do battle, and he will get a least one win before Homestead.