Ragan Wins Nationwide at Talladega
David Ragan won at Talladega Saturday afternoon.
Ragan worked his way through heavy traffic coming out of Turn 4 and passed Ryan Newman just before the finish line to take the victory in the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. It was Ragan’s first victory in 196 NASCAR starts, including the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series.
As Ragan came off that final turn, he didn’t think he had much of a chance to win, even after he realized he was getting a strong push from Joey Logano.
“I thought, ‘Hey, that’s great. We’re going to finish second or third,’ ” Ragan said. “All of a sudden (Newman) pulled back down the track. I saw the gap open, and all I could see was the start-finish line.”
Newman, who ended up second, said the wild ending was an appropriate way for Ragan to earn his first career NASCAR victory.
“He won it in fashion. It wasn’t given to him,” Newman said. “He won it by 6 feet at Talladega. He was in the right position at the right time. He earned it. That’s what you want. You want your first win to be in style.”
Logano, who helped pushed Ragan to the victory, finished third. Tony Raines was fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. came in fifth.