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David Ragan: Will Pole Win in Texas Mean Race Day Success?

If you are just a casual NASCAR fan and got online Friday evening to check qualifying results, you may have been in for a surprise. There sat the news that David Ragan won his first career pole, after going zero for his first 152 attempts. However, if you pay attention to the practices that precede qualifying, then news of Ragan's pole win wasn't actually that much of a surprise. The Sprint Cup cars were on track once Thursday night, and again Friday afternoon to run their two scheduled practice sessions. And Ragan was fast in both of them. He started the weekend off by taking the top speed in the Thursday night practice. His fast lap was clocked at 185.81 miles per hour, which was turned in 29.06 seconds. He backed it up on Friday by posti...

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