Chasing The Underdogs

Chasing the Underdogs: David Ragan Leads the Way at Talladega


Before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series even headed to Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday’s GEICO 500, I had Front Row Motorsports veteran driver David Ragan as a top finisher.

Talladega like Daytona can be a major gamble, because anything can happen in mere seconds. I had a 50/50 shot at being right and I was right that he would finish up front.

Ragan is very good when it comes to racing at the plate tracks. Both of his two Cup wins have come at restrictor plate tracks. (Daytona 2011, Talladega 2013).

In his two starts at Talladega prior to Sunday’s event, Ragan had finished 10th, twice. He improved upon that this time around finishing in the sixth position and leading the way for the underdogs.

Ragan was pleased with his results; Below is a tweet he sent out on his Twitter account following the race.

Note: This is the second time in as many weeks that Rubbings Racing has been able to showcase Ragan leading the way for the underdogs. Ragan also led the way at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City 500 where he finished that event in the 12th position. An underdog who has some solid runs year on in the season.

The second underdog who had a very solid day at Talladega was JTG-Daugherty Racing’s Chris Buescher who finished the GEICO 500 right outside the top 10 in the 11th position after running top-10 for quite a while at the end of the race. He managed to avoid ‘the big one’ to earn his third top-15 of 2018 thus far. Buescher had a season best of 5th in the season opening Daytona 500 back in February.

Here are how the other underdogs fared at Talladega.

Ty Dillon 15th
Darrell ‘”Bubba” Wallace Jr., 16th
Matt DiBenedetto, 19th
D.J. Kennington, 20th
Cole Whitt, 21st
Brendan Gaughan, 22nd
Timothy Peters, 23rd
Gray Gaulding, 24th
Ross Chastain, 25th
Joey Gase, 27th
Michael McDowell, 32nd
AJ Allmendinger, 34th
Timmy Hill, 36th
Reed Sorenson, 37th

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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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