Team owner Jack Roush can’t see any possibilities where he would keep driver David Ragan at Roush Fenway Racing for 2012. Ragan, who has driven Roush’s fourth Sprint Cup car for the last five seasons already knew the car’s current sponsor, UPS, would be shifting its backing to an associate’s role with Carl Edwards next season.
Jack assessed each of his Cup programs individually and David Ragan’s No. 6 was the enigma, despite having been in a position to win the Daytona 500.
“David Ragan was a frustration and a disappointment for all of us, because he was not able to realize the potential that he had, given what his skill is and what the expectations of the sponsor were, and what the performance that was being demonstrated in the car, and what the engineering package was.” Said Roush.
Roush went on to say.”Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will have a ride with us next year, although I’m not sure what, or in which series, for that matter and so will Trevor Bayne. There are sponsorship discussions ongoing that are certainly benefitted by the championship and the competitive effort that both Ricky and Trevor made this year.”
As to whether he will run the No. 6 Cup car at the season-opening Daytona 500 on February 26th, Roush would only say: “I haven’t decided yet.”
Roush had hoped to put Ragan’s crew chief Drew Blickensderfer in a Nationwide program, but is leaving to fill the same role on Jeff Burton’s No. 31 Chevrolet at Richard Childress Racing.