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Ragan set to make Nextel Cup debut at Dover

David Ragan, one of four Roush Racing rookies vying to replace
Mark Martin in the No. 6 Ford in 2007, will make his NASCAR Nextel
Cup debut this week at Dover International Speedway.

Ragan, currently competing in the Craftsman Truck Series, will
try to qualify the No. 06 Roush Racing Ford for Sunday's Dover 400.

"I've looked forward to this day for a long time," Ragan said.
"I never thought that the day would come this soon. It just goes
to show that hard work and determination really can pay off.

"I have gotten a lot of racing experience in the Craftsman
Truck Series that will help me race with the guys in the Nextel Cup
Series. I'm looking forward to working with [crew chief] Frank
Stoddard."

Ragan also will make his second Busch Series start of the season
Saturday at Dover.

"This is an awesome opportunity to get some more experience in
the Busch Series," Ragan said. "The guys with the No. 50 team had
a great run with Danny O'Quinn here in the spring. It's a really
good opportunity to get some valuable seat time to help me get
familiar with Dover. I've never raced there, so every lap I make is
really going to help me."

Roush team president Geoff Smith said last Sunday at New
Hampshire that team owner Jack Roush will choose among Ragan,
O'Quinn, Erik Darnell and Todd Kluever for the seat in the No. 6
car.

"I see a lot of potential in these young drivers," Roush said.
"This will give us an opportunity to evaluate David Ragan and it
will also give him valuable experience running in both series at
Dover, which is a very challenging track."