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Ragan still has winning edge

By Anthony Rhoads

For three years, David Ragan was one of the most competitive drivers at Thursday Thunder.

Ragan, a former Eagle's Landing High School student and son of former Winston Cup driver Ken Ragan, captured the 2000 Semi-Pro points championship after winning four races and posting eight top fives in nine events that year.

In 2001, the Ragans moved to the Charlotte area and David became a pit crew member for NASCAR Goody's Dash Series driver Cam Strader.

David began racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway's Summer Shootout Series and has been a competitive driver there.

This Tuesday at the Summer Shootout, Ragan won the Roadsters event.

When he moved to Charlotte, Ragan had his sights set on competing in the Goody's Dash Series but after NASCAR changed its rules to prohibit drivers under the age of 18 from competing, Ragan had to put that dream on hold.

Ragan won't have to wait much longer; he turns 18 in December.

Two current Thursday Thunder drivers posted solid finishes this week in Charlotte. Joey Logano, the 2002 Semi-Pro Division champ at Thursday Thunder, finished second in the Pro Division race.

Hunter Robbins, who has won three straight Bandits Division races at AMS, placed second in Bandits this week in Charlotte.

At Lanier Speedway last Saturday, Chris Dilbeck won his third victory this season. In seven races this year, Dilbeck has not finished outside the top five. Dilbeck is second in points at Lanier and third in points at AMS this season.

Morrow's Andy James placed first in the Pro Division race Saturday at Senoia Speedway. Bubba Harry, last year's Thursday Thunder Chargers Division points champion, won the Semi-Pro race Saturday at Senoia.

Cancun or racing?: Myron Guyton faced a tough decision two weeks ago.

He could have raced in the Chargers Division event at Thursday Thunder or gone on vacation to Cancun. Guyton chose to go to Cancun.

"I really wanted to race," Guyton said. "My wife told me ?you can race but I'm going to Cancun' and I thought it would be best for me to stay married. I went to Cancun, but I wanted to be here racing."

Guyton has competed in two races this year and has won both times.

Guyton, a former NFL player, has been interested in motorsports nearly all his life. He originally wanted to be a drag racer and compete in the NHRA but became interested in NASCAR through Joe Gibbs.

Guyton and Gibbs were represented by the same agent and got to know each other. Gibbs then invited Guyton out to a Winston Cup event and Guyton was hooked on stock-car racing.

"I got the bug and bought a car that week," Guyton said.

No brakes, no problem: Last week in the Outlaws Division race, Darrell Banks had some technical problems but it didn't stop him from winning the event.

"It was a good race," he said. "I ran the last four laps without brakes. I guess we'll have to buy some new brakes now."

It was Banks' second win this season at Thursday Thunder.

Racing and fireworks: On July 3, there will be a fireworks show following Thursday Thunder. Last year's July 4 Thursday Thunder set an event attendance record with more than 7,000 fans attending the racing and fireworks show.