David Ragan Top-10 but Looking for More

Taking a quick glance at the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, there’s good news for David Ragan and the No. 18 SNICKERS Xtreme team.

The interim driver of the No. 18 SNICKERS Xtreme Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has moved up to 10th in the championship standings following last weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It is the second time in Ragan’s career that he’s been in the top-10 in the Sprint Cup points, the first being after the second race of the 2009 season, when he sat sixth following the season-opening Daytona 500.

Even better news? Ragan and the SNICKERS Xtreme team are headed to the second short-track race of this season – Sunday’s Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer. The first short-track race of 2015 was a good one for Ragan as he notched his best finish in his six-race tenure substituting thus far for the injured Kyle Busch.

It came in the form of a fifth-place finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway two races ago, leaving Ragan and Company with high hopes for the high-banked short track at Bristol this weekend.

So as the SNICKERS Xtreme team heads to Thunder Valley for the first of two races at the .533-mile bullring this season, Ragan’s top-10 position in the standings might be just the foundation upon which to build a big finish during Sunday’s race at “The Last Great Coliseum.”