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NASCAR Driver David Ragan Joins Shriners International

David Ragan and Chris Dilbeck with Imperial Potentate Alan Madsen    From left: Chris Dilbeck, Imperial Potentate Alan Madsen and David Ragan. Dilbeck and Ragan became members of Shriners International during the fraternity's Imperial Session in July 2012. 

At the 2012 Imperial Session in Charlotte, N.C., NASCAR driver David Ragan was inducted into Shriners International fraternity as a member of Oasis Shriners.

Ragan, who hails from Unadilla, Ga., began racing in the Banderlero Series at the age of 12. Under the guidance of his father, Ken, a former Winston Cup driver, Ragan had the advantage of years of exposure to the sport before he ever hit the racetrack. In his second year of competition, he won 12 races and a national championship.

As soon as he turned 18, Ragan made his first foray into NASCAR, running select Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series events. In 2007, he was Rookie of the Year of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and runner-up for the Rookie of the Year title in the Sprint Cup Series. Ragan’s success continued as he recorded 30 top-ten finishes in the Sprint Cup Series from 2007-2011.

In 2011, Ragan earned his first victory in the Sprint Cup Series at the Daytona International Speedway’s Coke Zero 400. Later that year, he also earned a win at the Sprint Showdown. In January of 2012, Ragan joined Front Row Motorsports and will race alongside David Galliard for the Ford team based out of Statesville, N.C. 

In addition to Ragan’s racing achievements, he is a loyal supporter of Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Since naming our pediatric health care system his official charity of choice in 2008, he has used his popularity to increase awareness and raise funds for the organization. In addition, Ragan has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit several of the Shriners Hospitals and participate in public service announcements.

At the 2012 Imperial Session, Ragan announced that his #34 car will be displaying the Shriners Hospitals for Children logo at the Sylvania 300 race in Loudon, N.H., on Sunday, September 23rd.  

During the induction ceremony, Imperial Potentate Alan Madsen presented Ragan and his friend Chris Dilbeck with their fezzes. Both Ragan and Dilbeck were raised Master Masons at Williams Lodge in Cornelius, N.C., on May 22, 2012. 

Shriners International is thrilled to welcome these two outstanding young men to the fraternity.

To learn more about joining Shriners International, visit www.beashrinernow.com.