NASCAR: Did David Ragan Make a Big Mistake Going for the No. 22 Penske Ride?

Hugo Olguin@@RealHugoOlguinContributor IIIDecember 29, 2011

Can David Ragan save his career?
Can David Ragan save his career?Jerry Markland/Getty Images

With good rides in NASCAR getting fewer and fewer, a driver has to secure his job as soon as possible.  David Ragan appears to have missed his chance.

Ragan ended his 2011 season losing his ride in the No. 6 Ford of Roush Fenway Racing.  UPS left the team to sponsor Carl Edwards as an associate sponsor.

Even with Ragan almost winning the Daytona 500 and winning the Coke-Zero 400 in Daytona, Ragan could not get a sponsor to keep his job with RFR.

He then shopped around and had the chance to take the seat of the No. 51 Chevy of Phoenix Racing.  That would have given Ragan the chance to be in good equipment, driving a Hendrick car. 

But then Ragan got greedy when Kurt Busch left the No. 22 Penske car.

Ragan had a ride seemingly locked up with Phoenix Racing, but he risked it to go after the Penske ride. 

And it burned him, badly.

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Ragan lost out to A.J. Allmendinger for the Penske ride, and things got worse when he lost his original deal with Phoenix Racing. 

Phoenix Racing owner James Finch went and signed Kurt Busch, a former champion who can take his team to the next level.

Ragan's stock appeared to have gone down even more when he could not get the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports ride.  He should have had a good chance since RPM gets their equipment from Roush.

RPM is getting ready to announce a deal with Nationwide Series driver Aric Almirola.

Now, Ragan is battling with Cole Whitt (from the Camping World Truck Series) for Almirola's old car, the No. 88 Chevy of JR Motorsports, in the Nationwide Series.

I firmly believe David Ragan got too greedy thinking he could get the No. 22 ride.  He had the No. 51 car locked up, ready to sign a contract, and he didn't do it.  It cost him his chance to stay in the Sprint Cup Series.

Now he's fighting for a Nationwide Series ride.  If he can get the ride with JR Motorsports, it could be good for him. 

I'm not sure he will get many chances in the Sprint Cup Series again unless he wins a good amount of races in 2012, and maybe even the Nationwide Series title.

I just don't understand why he didn't sign with Phoenix Racing and drive good equipment.

Now he is paying the price, and who knows if he can make it back to the Sprint Cup.


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