David Ragan: The Perfect Nascar Driver to Fill the Penske Void

Ken ArmerSenior Writer IDecember 5, 2011

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 12:  David Ragan, driver of the #6 UPS My Choice Ford, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2011 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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With Penske's press conference announcing the washing of hands with Kurt Busch, it has to come up, Who will fill the void? Penske has some great drivers in the stable and a fantastic future ahead with Brad Keselowski truly beginning to hit his stride.

Regardless of the desired parting ways with anything titled "Busch" and a need for a more consistent driver all eyes should be on David Ragan, the currently seat-less driver out of Roush Fenway. He didn't have a Chase year, but two poles and a win isn't bad considering he was the red-headed step child at Fenway.

David Reutimann is another possible replacement in the Penske garage, but something about Reutimann blends in too much on the track. Nothing overwhelmingly screams, "I can win at this!" On the other hand, Regan over the course of this past season, caught my eye.

It was possible the drama of ending his time with Fenway drew it to him more, but he seemed to have something over Reutimann, and even at times a certain spark even Busch lacked. Of course, Roger Penske may select Indy 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr.

But in truth, Hornish seems to fit better in Indy, and Ragan would be a more adjusted fit. Given the right chance, like Penske likely would for Ragan could really help the young driver blossom.

One thing is for sure: With Kurt Busch gone, Penske can step away from unneeded drama and back into forming a solid stable for next season.

As for where Busch could end up, it would seem anything with the last name is Busch may be tainted beef in the Nascar community. Not that it is surprising after his behavior this past season.