David Ragan to race MWR’s No. 55 Toyota for rest of 2015 season

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 21: David Ragan, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2015 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - MARCH 21:  David Ragan, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2015 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA – MARCH 21: David Ragan, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2015 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Michael Waltrip Racing announced Tuesday morning that David Ragan will race the team’s No. 55 Toyota for the remainder of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, beginning May 9 at Kansas Speedway. Ragan will replace Brian Vickers who had planned to race the Toyota fulltime in 2015. Off season heart surgery in December forced the Thomasville, N.C., native to miss the first two races of the season.

Vickers returned at Las Vegas on March 7, but was sidelined two weeks later by recurring blood clots in his lungs. No timetable has been set for his return. Michael Waltrip, who drove the No. 55 Toyota in the Daytona 500, will compete this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Brett Moffitt has six starts in the No. 55 this year, with a career-best eighth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.

Ragan is 19th in NASCAR Sprint Cup driver points earned largely by racing the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing as the substitute for the injured Kyle Busch.  MORE>>>

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