Ragan earned his first pole in 153 career races with a lap of 189.820 mph Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. He easily took the top spot from teammate Carl Edwards (188.521 mph), who will start on the front row with him.
It is the third time in the last four races that Ragan is starting in the top six. The only race in that stretch he didn’t start that high was last week at Martinsville, where he started 14th and then went on to a season-best eighth-place finish.
“I think the three guys that are on our team are the three best drivers in the garage. It puts pressure on us to go and run fast,” Ragan said. “It’s good to have come out of the box with some good runs, some good qualifying runs, a couple of good races. So we’ve just got to continue to get better and concentrate week to week.”
Roush drivers Matt Kenseth (fourth) and Greg Biffle (ninth) are also starting in the top 10.
Edwards had already won a pole earlier Friday for the Nationwide Series race at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track.
“I’d certainly like to think so no matter where we end up in qualifying I think our race car’s a lot better,” Busch said.
“Qualifying is just part of the weekend, like practice is. Pit stops are part of the weekend, being competitive on restarts is a part. We’ve got to put all those parts together,” Ragan said. “We’ve taken necessary steps to get better. … Those steps are part of the process of becoming a race winner, a team like Carl.”
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