The Roush Fenway Racing driver David Ragan claimed the first Sprint Cup victory of his career at NASCAR's Daytona International Speedway, winning Saturday night's Coke Zero 400.
Ragan was pushed to the front by teammate Matt Kenseth that helped his first trip to victory lane in the 163rd start of his career in NASCAR's premier series, according to the Associated Press.
Ragan might have won the season-opening Daytona 500 when he lined up as the leader on a late restart in NASCAR’s season-opening event. But he was penalized for passing too early, and the life-changing victory instead went to Trevor Bayne, AP said.
Everyone kept talking about it. I tried to zero it out and take the positives from it, Ragan told USA Today.
Matt Kenseth finished second, followed by Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch. Jeff Gordon finished sixth, followed by Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard.
Following a shot at winning the Daytona 500 with an ill-advised maneuver on the next-to-last restart, you could call Saturday night a bit of retribution. Or redemption. Ragan doesn't care, as long as you call him winner of the 2011 Coke Zero 400. And he's got big plans after winning his first Cup race. Or not.
I guess I'll go back home and hang out [Sunday]. I was planning on cutting some grass and cleaning up around the house. I've got an appearance in Atlanta on Monday, so we've got to work Monday. I guess I'll hang out, go over and see [crew chief Drew Blickensderfer] or go have some dinner somewhere. I might not leave Daytona. I might just stay down here for a few days, Ragan told NASCAR.com
And until Saturday night, David had gone 162 races without a win in NASCAR's premier series. Ragan's father watched the last few laps from the pit box, then stood in the back of the Daytona media center, watching his son answer questions as the race winner.
It's going to feel so good. I probably won't go to sleep [Saturday night]. I'm going to get back and watch some of the race, and just stare at that trophy maybe for a little while, Ragan told NASCAR.com.