NASCAR’s David Ragan holds ride along at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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HAMPTON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – NASCAR’s David Ragan took 41NBC’s Montezz Allen on a ride-along Wednesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

While driving, Ragan peaked at 170 MPH, which is about 30 to 40 MPH less than what the drivers reach in competitive races.

Ragan, who’s from Unadilla, Georgia, raced full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series from 2007-2019.

He started in 471 NASCAR Cup Series races and has two Cup Series victories. He’s also run 17 Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished fourth in this year’s Dayton 500.

Atlanta Motor Speedway opened and hosted the first NASCAR Cup Series race in 1960.

Since its opening, Atlanta Motor Speedway has hosted 158 races across NASCAR’s three national touring series.

Here’s the breakdown

  • 112 NASCAR Cup Series races
  • 28 Xfinity Series races
  • 18 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races

NASCAR’s race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway is March 13-15.

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Montezz Allen joined 41NBC as a sports reporter in 2019. He was born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, Michigan, but spent seven years in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he worked as a Sports Anchor at NCTV17, a Sports/News Reporter at Urban Broadcast Media and an Assistant Producer at WBBM-AM Newsradio — the No. 1-ranked news radio station in Chicago. He also made frequent guest appearances on WCIU's "The Jam" and The D & Davis Sports Radio Show at "670 The Score." He graduated from Oakland University — located in Rochester, Mich. — where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2012 and then earned a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 2014. He's the first person out of his immediate family to achieve the feat of earning a college degree — let alone two of them. He's extremely proud of that. Tezz has a strong love for the game of basketball. He played most of his life. It's his passion. He admits that he's a Kobe Bryant fan and believes the "Black Mamba" is the second greatest player of ALL TIME, hands down. In his spare time, Montezz loves to workout, travel, shop for the latest fashion and spend time with his family. Tezz is excited to be in Middle Georgia, and is looking to tell the best sports stories he possibly can. Don't hesitate to hit him up at mallen@41nbc.com.