NASCAR Cup: David Ragan gone from BK Racing
David Ragan (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
After Matt DiBenedetto announced Thursday that he wouldn’t be returning to BK Racing in the NASCAR premier series in 2017, on Friday, news came out that the organization’s other full-time driver in 2016, David Ragan, wouldn’t be returning to BK Racing next season, either.
“BK Racing has agreed not to renew David Ragan’s contract for next year,” BK Racing owner Ron Devine said, according to an NBC Sports report
. “Everyone wishes David the best of luck in his career. BK Racing will continue to restructure as an ongoing effort to improve our on-track performance in the NASCAR Monster Energy Premier Series, and we will be announcing our 2017 driver line-up in the near future.”
Ragan finished 33rd in the points standings in 2016, posting a season-best finish of 16th at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in July.
The 2016 season was Ragan’s only season as driver of the No. 23 BK Racing Toyota. He moved to the team after a 2015 season that saw him as a substitute driver for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet and then as a sub for Brian Vickers, who was sidelined by a medical issue, in the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota later in the season.
Prior to his substitution roles at JGR and MWR, Ragan drove for Front Row Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing. He has two-career wins in the premier series, winning at Daytona International Speedway for Roush Fenway in 2011 at at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway while driving for Front Row in 2013.