Chasing The Underdogs

Chasing the Underdogs: David Ragan Leads the Way at Bristol


Front Row Motorsports veteran driver, David Ragan led the way for the underdogs following the Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway.

After qualifying his No. 38, The Pete Store Ford Fusion to a 23rd starting spot, Ragan had solid practice sessions throughout the weekend, running in the top-10 for all three MENCS practices. Ragan went on to lead final Cup practice with a speed of 127.487 mph.

Ragan sustained some right front damage early in the race but was the lucky dog recipient in Stage 1 and when the race resumed on Monday afternoon due to rain he would spent much of his day running in the top 20.

Ragan would once again earn the lucky dog and with adjustments during pit stops he ran a majority of the end of the race in the top-15. A solid and well-deserved finish for a guy who may not have qualified the best but was excellent in every cup practice and ran much better later on in the race.

As expected, Ragan was pleased with the results and took to his Twitter account after the race:

For the second straight week in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Rookie Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., had a solid run in his No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports.

Wallace had an impressive run in last weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas Motor Speedway, finishing in the 8th position, where he was highest finishing Rookie as well.

Also impressive was Wallace leading his first laps in his MENCS career on Monday when on lap 375 of 500 he would take the lead in his No. 43 Chevrolet from Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford.

Wallace went on to lead six laps before Kyle Busch who would go on to win the race overtook the lead from him.

The 24-year old ran in the top-10 for much of the race that remained after that, but due to his Chevrolet’s poor handling towards the end he would finish the race in the 16th position.

After the race Wallace was a mix of emotions when he spoke to reporters on pit road. To his fans though he posted a video on his Twitter account.


Wallace currently sits second in the Rookie Standings, only six points behind fellow Rookie competitor, William Byron.

It’s important to note that these weren’t the only two underdogs to run well at Bristol.

Landon Cassill who is currently on a part-time basis for StarCom Racing drove the No. 00 Chevrolet to a 20th place finish which is a team best in the MENCS.

Check out Cassill’s tweet below after the race…great car for a small team, oh and those tires…also impressive.

Here are how the other underdogs fared at Bristol:
AJ Allmendinger, 17th
Matt DiBenedetto, 21st
Corey LaJoie, 25th
D.J. Kennington, 27th
Gray Gaulding, 31st
Reed Sorenson, 32nd
Chad Finchum, 33rd
Chris Buescher, 36th
Harrison Rhodes, 37th
Michael McDowell, 38th
Ross Chastain, 39th

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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