Roush Fenway Racing's David Ragan opened the door for Trevor Bayne in February's Daytona 500 when a late-race penalty for changing lanes before the restart ruined the young driver's dreams. But on Saturday night, Ragan was able to make up for the mistake by scoring his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Running strong throughout the night and surviving two green-white-checkered restarts, Ragan was able to use a strong push from teammate Matt Kenseth to pull ahead of the rest of the field as they wrecked behind him, resulting in a much-needed victory.
"I can't thank my spotter, my crew chief, my team enough," Ragan said in Victory Lane. "They really humbled me and kept me focused. Matt (Kenseth) pushed me to the finish line. The Roush-Yates horsepower was great, Doug and Robert Yates back at the house, thanks for all the help."
Ragan has had his critics over the years, but this season he and crew chief Drew Blickensderfer have proven to be fast week-in and week-out. Saturday they were able to seal the deal and find Victory Lane.
"I wasn't ready (for the Sprint Cup Series) a few years ago and Jack Roush gave me a chance; this was all we needed," he said. "We've been so close so many times and finally we're here."
Here are the NASCAR results from Daytona International Speedway: