BARRE, VT -- Add David Ragan to the list of NASCAR drivers that will flock to Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl in Barre this summer. As part of the track's celebration of 50 seasons of racing this year, Ragan will compete in the regular season finale on Thursday, August 27. The second-generation Unadilla, Ga. driver joins two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart, who will compete in the CARQUEST Vermont Governor's Cup 150 on June 25, and former champions Bobby Allison and Richard Petty as a visitor to Thunder Road.
"We wanted superstars from our past, present, and future to highlight our 50th anniversary activities," said Thunder Road co-owner and promoter Tom Curley. "We wanted a racer who we believe is ready for future stardom on NASCAR’s top level of racing. David Ragan is the real deal."
Ragan earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday and is currently third in that series' championship standings. He ranks 26th in the Sprint Cup Series, with a best finish of sixth in February's Daytona 500. Ragan currently drives the #6 Ford Fusion for Roush-Fenway Racing on both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series. His father, Ken Ragan, made 50 starts in the Sprint Cup Series in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Ragan was on the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. during a Goodyear tire test earlier this month at the same time as ACT Late Model Tour drivers Donald Theetge, Phil Scott, and Dave Pembroke; the latter two will compete against Ragan at Thunder Road.
"We were some impressed with their driving, and I can’t wait to get after them at Thunder Road in August," said Ragan. "Thunder Road is one place I have really wanted to run. This will be a hoot."
Thunder Road's 50th season opens on Sunday with the ACT Late Model Tour's Merchants Bank 150.
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