Roush Racing has withdrawn the No. 06 Ford Fusion and driver David Ragan from this weekend's Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, after Ragan failed to secure approval from NASCAR to compete.
The team announced last week that Ragan would run both the Craftsman Truck and Nextel Cup races at Atlanta, but he is presently only cleared to run on mile tracks (or less) at the Nextel Cup level. His only other start prior to Martinsville came at Dover, where he crashed twice in 46 laps and finished 42nd. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp commented on the decision Tuesday, saying, "There is an approval process in place, and his status will continue to be reviewed on a weekly basis. We take a lot of things into consideration: experience, qualifications, that type of thing. There's a NASCAR committee that convenes each week, and they will continue to review any application that he makes regarding the rest of the series."
Ragan is still cleared to run this weekend’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Atlanta, but was not on the entry list Tuesday afternoon. That could change in the aftermath of his withdrawal from the Nextel Cup roster.