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NASCAR Cup: David Ragan plans scale-back

LOUDON, NH – MAY 30: David Ragan, driver of the #38 Dockside Logistics Ford, looks on during testing for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 30, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

David Ragan will retire from full-time competition as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition at the end of the 2019 season, according to an announcement from Front Row Motorsports on Wednesday. He’ll continue to race part-time in the Cup Series and in other racing series.

“I’ve prayed and heavily considered this decision, but for myself and my family, I believe this is the right thing to do,” Ragan said. “I am a husband and a father to two young girls first, and I am a driver second. To compete in what I consider the greatest series in the world, you need full dedication of your time and focus. My children are growing up quickly, and I want to concentrate my time in being the best father and husband I can be. I feel this is where God is leading my life, and therefore, I’m making this decision. There aren’t enough words to thank everyone who has helped me in my career and to all the fans who have supported me in this journey. It’s not over, but I’m ready to spend more time at home.”

Ragan has been a full-time driver in the Cup Series since 2007 after making two series starts in 2006. He has driven for teams including Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, BK Racing and Front Row Motorsports. He also spent a brief time as a fill-in driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the injured Kyle Busch in 2015. He drove for Front Row Motorsports, first, from 2012 through the first race of the 2015 season and returned to the team in 2018 to drive the No. 38 Ford.

“We admire David for making what I’m sure was a very difficult decision,” Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins said. “We also commend him for his reason. David has always put family first, and as a father, I understand what it’s like to not be at that game or big event for your child. Throughout his time at Front Row Motorsports, David has always gone beyond what was asked of him- or even volunteering his own time to help grow our team. Now it’s time for him to give some of that back to his family and we totally support that. Our doors are always open for David and we’ll miss seeing him every week.”

Ragan has 457-career starts in the Cup Series, resulting in two wins. The first victory came in 2011 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway with Roush Fenway Racing. He won, again, at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2013 as a Front Row Motorsports driver. He also has 15-career top-fives and 40 top-10 finishes.

Ragan also is a two-time winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 107 races. He contested 29 races in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

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