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David Ragan holds off teammate at Bristol

Nationwide Series race
Friday, August 21, 2009

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David Ragan celebrates winning the Food City 250
Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR
With a strong restart on a green-white-checkered-flag finish, David Ragan held off Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards in Friday night’s Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Ragan led the final 56 laps of the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the .533-mile speedway, but Edwards was the big winner, as he trimmed Kyle Busch’s lead in the series standings from 339 to 248 points. Busch was the victim of an early accident and finished 28th, 59 laps down.

“It was a fun night to drive such a fast racecar,” said Ragan, who chose the outside line for the final restart, as the race went four laps beyond its scheduled distance. “The outside had been great all night. I really struggled passing cars on the bottom.

“I raced with Carl—it was fun racing with a teammate—and I was able to pin him behind a lapped car. I don’t think I would have passed him (otherwise), because he was running that middle groove, and I just couldn’t get around him.”

The race ended under caution because of a wreck on the final lap that froze the running order with Ragan in the lead.

Polesitter Brad Keselowski rallied from an early fender-bender to finish third, followed by Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth.

If Edwards had to lose the race, he was glad it was Ragan who beat him.

“He played me the way he should have,” Edwards said. “He got me behind a lapped car and got me pinned. … I can’t say enough about David Ragan. He’s a great guy.”

Ragan passed Edwards for the lead on Lap 199 of 254 and held the top spot through a caution for debris on the frontstretch on Lap 243. That set up the two-lap dash to the finish.

A dramatic wreck on Lap 52 forced Busch to give back much of the gains he made in the Nationwide standings last week when Edwards wrecked on Lap 3 of last Saturday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

Busch had just passed Harvick for the lead and was barreling out of Turn 4 when Bristol rookie Chase Austin, with a tire down on his No. 07 Chevrolet, pulled down the track into Busch’s path. The resulting violent collision sent Busch’s Toyota hard into the frontstretch wall. Reed Sorenson’s Chevy also was collected in the wreck.

Busch climbed from his car and disappeared into his transporter, as NASCAR red-flagged the race for more than 15 minutes for track cleanup. It was a kinder, gentler Busch who emerged some 10 minutes later.

“I saw a slow car up high, and he came right across the nose, right in front of me,” Busch said. “I didn’t know where to go except where I was going. I had Harvick on my outside, and he was able to miss it. Pretty unfortunate there that we got caught up in that mess.

“The (car) was awesome—it was good, it was coming right to the front. Got all the way up there and was taking the lead, but mistakes happen sometimes—I’ve made plenty. We’ll go on and get them next week.”

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 9 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 190/5 254 Running
2 2 60 Carl Edwards Ford Save-A-Lot 175/5 254 Running
3 1 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Degree V12 170/5 254 Running
4 11 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem Tankless Water Heaters 170/10 254 Running
5 4 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 155/0 254 Running
6 26 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 150/0 254 Running
7 3 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 146/0 254 Running
8 13 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 142/0 254 Running
9 43 198 Paul Menard Ford Richmond / Menards 138/0 254 Running
10 19 26 Michael McDowell * Dodge Fischer Honda 134/0 254 Running
11 41 32 David Reutimann Toyota Dollar General 130/0 254 Running
12 25 61 Matt Carter Ford Specialty Racing 127/0 254 Running
13 10 5 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Fastenal 124/0 254 Running
14 30 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 121/0 253 Running
15 37 87 Mike Bliss Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 118/0 253 Running
16 17 27 Jason Keller Ford Kleenex / Food City 115/0 253 Running
17 8 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 112/0 253 Running
18 33 172 Benny Gordon Ford Samuel Metals / VSI Racing 109/0 252 Running
19 20 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 111/5 252 Running
20 40 81 Sean Murphy Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 103/0 252 Running
21 22 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Westerman Companies 100/0 251 Running
22 38 23 Ken Butler III * Chevrolet Aaron's Dream Machine 97/0 251 Running
23 42 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 94/0 250 Running
24 5 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 91/0 250 Running
25 39 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty / Food City 88/0 249 Running
26 32 173 Derrike Cope Dodge FlipnBags.com / EZPCBackup.com 85/0 236 Running
27 6 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 87/5 226 Running
28 15 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 84/5 195 Running
29 7 20 Brad Coleman Toyota BigSpot.com 76/0 177 Running
30 16 11 Brian Scott Toyota Ridemakerz 73/0 162 Accident
31 18 177 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet SFP 70/0 161 Accident
32 23 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Sun-Drop 67/0 137 Accident
33 21 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 64/0 133 Susp.
34 36 52 Brad Teague Chevrolet Scag Mowers / Greg's Pizza / Austein Enterprises 61/0 79 Ignition
35 12 1 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 58/0 52 Accident
36 27 07 Chase Austin Chevrolet Cavi Clothing / Macy's 55/0 51 Accident
37 14 10 Kasey Kahne Toyota McDonald's 52/0 30 Overheating
38 29 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 49/0 25 Brakes
39 28 47 Coleman Pressley Toyota Construction Jobs.com 46/0 23 Overheating
40 31 178 Kevin Lepage Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 43/0 13 Ignition
41 24 05 Casey Atwood Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 40/0 12 Transmission
42 34 91 Terry Cook * Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 37/0 3 Brakes
43 35 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 34/0 2 Ignition

* Denotes Rookie

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