Unadilla, Georgia’s David Ragan will pull into Thunder Road for Thursday night’s final race of the 50th season on a high after a morale boosting victory in Bristol, Tennessee this past weekend over Carl Edwards.  The 23 year old prospect for NASCAR stardom won his second Nationwide series of the season after his victory at Talladega, Alabama earlier this summer.  The 100 lap main event will put the “scourge” of Georgia short tracking up against Thunder Road’s top talent.  Along with his Nationwide series success, he’s been a top ten finisher in the past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 11 times, driving for John Henry (Red Sox Owner) and Jack Roush.  He has already been signed for another year in their UPS car for Sprint Cup Racing. 

“I am truly excited about the prospect of running at Thunder Road.  Tony Stewart told me that seldom in his experience has he raced against guys that drive harder and are more respectful of each other than the guys at Thunder Road”,  he said.  But he cautioned that you need track time to get in the rhythm of the famed Barre high banks.  “I intend to be there early and really work on what everyone tells me is as challenging a short track as one can find in the US”, he said.

            Ragan will be carrying his familiar number 6 but the car bears the livery of the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.  “It’s a personal thing with me but I know a bit about their burn center and have made Shriner’s my choice of cause in which I want to be involved.”

            Ragan hopes with some precautions to challenge Thunder Road’s best including Cris Michaud, Jean-Paul Cyr, Hurricane Fisher, David Pembroke and Phil Scott.  This week’s finale is 100 laps for 26 late model cars.

            The largest fireworks show ever presented at Thunder Road will conclude the 50th annual Thursday night season leaving only the Bond Auto 250 for the Labor Day Weekend and the famed 47th Chittenden Milk Bowl Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th.

            Post time for this Thursday night’s race is 6:00 p.m.