Officials from Randy Hill Racing announced this week that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan will drive the No. 08 Texas Tech University Ford Mustang in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ragan, a two-time winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series replaces Casey Roderick, who remains the team's primary driver. Roderick, 19, will be in attendance for Saturday's contest to support the team and confer with Ragan.
The change comes as Randy Hill Racing has attempted to make its last two NNS starts at Richmond International Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway but failed to earn a starting berth. Ragan's experience will undoubtedly give the RHR team a fair evaluation of the team's overall program.
"We believe in Casey Roderick and he will race again with us," Randy Hill said, "but this is a huge race for us and we've asked our fellow Ford Racing driver David Ragan to jump in the No. 08 Texas Tech University Ford Mustang in an effort to give us an assessment on the positives and negatives of a new Nationwide team. Ragan is a proven wheelman and we believe he can get the job done this weekend."
"I'm excited about the opportunity to drive in the Nationwide series again," said Ragan. "It will be fun working with the new team of Randy Hill Racing, and helping them develop their program. We expect to be fast and to run up front on race day."
Ragan will be behind the wheel of the team's Ford Mustang that was previously part of the Roush Fenway Racing stables. Should the 25-year old make the field on time, it will be his first Nationwide race since competing at Phoenix International Raceway in 2009.
"We haven't decided 100 percent if we are going to go to Homestead, so this could be our last race of the year," sounded Hill, a successful Texas entrepreneur. "Should everything go like we think it should, we will have data and feedback that will only make this team stronger entering the 2012 season with Casey Roderick."
For his hometown race, Hill will sport the Texas Tech University colors on the team's No. 08 entry. RHR will encourage football and NASCAR fans to unite and cheer on Texas Tech in their bid to defeat Texas in the highly anticipated showdown Saturday night.
The team will continue to be led by Jeff Spraker of Spraker Racing Enterprises.