Category: David Ragan

Oct 28 2006

David Ragan Not Allowed to Race This Weekend

I really hadn’t followed up on my last post, Should NASCAR Prevent Inexperienced Drivers from Racing During Cup?, where I talked how NASCAR should look at allowing in-experienced drivers into the cup races, because a weekend like the last one, where Ragan wrecked four times, could really affect the points. But I saw a reporter on TV talking about how they weren’t going to allow him on the tracks 1 1/2 miles or bigger, such as Atlanta this weekend, but they were allowing another in-experienced driver to try to qualify. He thought they were not letting Ragan qualify because of last weekend.

I hope they make it a rule, those drivers who haven’t raced over, say 5 races, could not qualify during the Chase for the Cup. Let them practice in the Busch or Truck races and wait until next year to try again.

Because of the rain out, neither driver would have been able to qualify anyway, they go by points when they can’t qualify.

Oct 23 2006

Should Nascar Prevent Inexperienced Drivers from Racing During Cup?

I was reading We Wonder by Mark Spoor on Nascar.com, and he brings up a very good point, should Nascar allow in-experienced drivers in the ten races of the Chase for the Cup? Should there be a minimum requirement to be able to race in the Cup races? I think so, what if someone who has never raced at that track takes out a cup contender? Or 2, or 6, or even all ten, it’s possible, you know it is.

… should NASCAR consider a minimum requirement for participation in Chase races?

It was stated in the NBC booth during one of David Ragan’s three crashes Sunday at Martinsville that Ragan was getting an education in short-track racing in the Nextel Cup Series.

Should that education really come in the midst of a championship battle?

Heading into Sunday’s race, Ragan had one career Nextel Cup Series start.

Did I mention that it was a 42nd-place finish at Dover during which Ragan lasted just 47 laps?

This was only his second cup race, SECOND. Lot of money, points, etc, on the line to allow someone who has never raced more than 47 laps in a Winston Cup race. Nascar should definitely look at this, hell, one of the cup contenders could hire someone, put him in one of their cars, help them qualify and maybe take out a couple chasers to help themselves out. Not saying it would happen, but it sure could be a possibility.

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