David Ragan will go green-flag racing long before NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series hits Daytona Beach in a few weeks. The Georgia-born Ragan will headline SpeedFest 2013 this weekend at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Ga., in the season opener of the Champion Racing Association (CRA) Super Series.
The 3/8-mile asphalt track is just a short drive from Ragan's hometown of Unadilla, making the late-model race an annual homecoming for the 27-year-old driver. Ragan looks to top last year's performance at the event, when he grabbed the pole and finished third in his No. 77 David Ragan Inc. Ford.
Teams will practice Friday and qualify Saturday for Sunday's 200-lap main event.
Ragan, who drives the No. 34 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series, competes in a handful of late-model races each year with the two-car team he owns and operates out of Concord, N.C.
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