Ragan Is Newest Entry to Hamlin Late Model Race

David Ragan will hit the track a day early during NASCAR’s race week at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The driver of the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford will bring his own No. 77 Skuttle Tight Ford to the three-quarter-mile track for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on Thursday, April 25.


The 75-lap event serves as a fundraiser for the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and will be run the day before track activity begins for the Sprint Cup Series race. It will be the second event this season in which Ragan enters his late-model Ford. He is also scheduled to run a third race, the ARCA Fest at the Milwaukee Mile, in July.


Skuttle Tight is a Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer that offers insulated attic-entry systems that replace older attic hatches and access panels that can cause drafts. The company will also adorn the No. 77 Ford at the Milwaukee race.


“We took our car up to Richmond and tested on Tuesday, and I can’t wait to get back in and go racing next week,” Ragan said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun and it’s going to raise a lot of awareness and funds for cystic fibrosis research. It’s unfortunate that Denny won’t be able to race in his own event because of his back injury, but the rest of us will rally the troops and we’ll go out and put on a good show for everybody.”


The race typically features about a dozen NASCAR drivers battling some of the best local stock car drivers on Richmond’s racy oval. Fans can purchase tickets for the event on www.rir.com.


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