SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Here's a novel approach for David Ragan's job security: drive Ned Jarrett's championship-winning car!
Ragan, driving his No. 6 UPS Ford painted up like Jarrett's 1965 machine, finished a steamy Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis by scoring the pole for Sunday's Brickyard 400. Ragan's lap of 182.994 mph (49.182 seconds) edged Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski.
Ragan won the pole — his second of the season and career — in the blue-and-white car that's honoring Jarrett's induction in to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The connection for Ragan to Jarrett is through his primary sponsor UPS' former relationship with two-time NASCAR champion & Ned's son Dale. (Got that?)
The 25-year-old picked up his first career Cup win earlier this month at Daytona amid reports that his seat and sponsor might be going with a different driver next season. A few poles and a win certainly should help scuttle that talk.
Sprint Cup Series point leader Carl Edwards qualified 10th for Sunday's race. Last year's winner Jamie McMurray lines up 16th. Five drivers failed to qualify for the event, including David Stremme, Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell, JJ Yeley and Scott Wimmer.
The 18th Brickyard 400 starts at 1:21 p.m./ET Sunday, so be sure to come on back for the Marbles live chat.
- David Ragan
- Ned Jarrett