Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ragan rules at Daytona, gets late victory

David Ragan took advantage of the usual late lap wreckage at Saturday night's Coke Zero 400, getting a little boost from teammate Matt Kenseth and claiming his first victory of 2011.

The race for the most part was clean--and somewhat odd looking as drivers paired up and raced in tandem, one on the bumper of the other for pretty much the whole race.

It was fascinating, in a way, to watch, but kind of boring as literally every car on the track found a dance partner and took turns leading the other. There were only 4 caution flags, until 2 at the end of the race.

Jeff Gordon spun and wobbled, but held his car on the track, bringing out a caution flag with just two laps to go, setting up the 1st overtime. Mark Martin got into Joey Logano's car, causing a pretty big pileup that took out a large part of the field and that set-up the second overtime laps and eventually Ragan's win.

Ragan has struggled all year, the win, and the accompanying points that go with it, left him in 17th place in the cup standings and still with a shot at getting into the chase at the end of the season.

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