Ragan shifting gears
's second full season of double duty hasn't gone quite as well as he'd hoped in the Nationwide Series, as he sits fifth in points heading to Texas.
Statistically, Ragan has two more top-5s and 11 more top-10s than he did a year ago, but he has led just 38 laps on the season. Next year, he'll run the majority of the Nationwide events while Erik Darnell
, who currently drives in the Craftsman Truck Series for Roush Fenway, will run the remaining races.
A concrete schedule has yet to be determined, and Ragan would love to run as many races as he can without jeopardizing his Cup effort. Ragan nearly made the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and with new sponsor UPS coming aboard his Cup car next year, he knows that needs his full focus. Ragan plans to run at least 20 Nationwide races and hopes the total can grow.
Roush said the team will again have at least four Nationwide teams next year, so there should be cars at his disposal.
"I still think it's a plus to race every single weekend as much as I can," Ragan said. "But there's a few weekends throughout the year that takes away from my Cup effort. ... It looks like we'll be between 20 and 30 races and ... if we start the season out and are having a spectacular season and are leading the points, that can always change somebody's mind.
"But if I don't run all the Nationwide races, it would be fun to go run a couple of truck races or a couple of ARCA races. I want to be out there because I think it still helps my Cup effort."