NASCAR & Auto Racing

David Ragan finishes third, his career-best

RICHMOND, Va. - Not only did David Ragan earn a career-best third-place finish Saturday night at Richmond, but he did so racing hard against veterans Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.

It’s been almost six months since Ragan’s previous top-five finish, a fifth in the season-opening Daytona 500.

“The race in Daytona was a lot of fun. Luck plays into a lot at what happens at Daytona. We just happened to be lucky and have a good car,” Ragan said. “This run means a lot and ... it just shows us and everyone else that we can do it.

“We knew we could do it. It’s just a matter of doing it and learning the right way how to do some things.”

Ragan said he was keenly aware of who he was racing late in the race and didn’t want to jeopardize any other drivers’ appearance in the Chase.

"We tried to be a little careful and just to acknowledge the guys that we were racing around, and certainly there at the end in the last 50 laps,” he said.

“When you are around guys like (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and (Kurt Busch) and (Gordon), you certainly don’t want to do anything to jeopardize their runs.