NASCAR Cup: David Ragan returns to Front Row Motorsports
David Ragan (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR premier series driver David Ragan is making a return to Front Row Motorsports in 2017, but he’ll don a different number than he did in his first stint with the team, this time around piloting the No. 38. He’ll be a teammate to Landon Cassill, who moves over to the No. 34 for his second year with FRM.
“We’re really excited to have David back,” Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins said. “We went out and got Landon last season, because we knew he was talented, and we wanted him in our race car, and now we’re really happy he will be back another year.”
Ragan previously drove the No. 34 for Front Row, last competing for the team in the 2015 Daytona 500. Through the rest of the 2015 season, Ragan was a substitute driver for injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and Brian Vickers in the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota after Vickers was sidelined for medical reasons. After MWR shuttered its operation at the end of the 2015 season, Ragn joined BK Racing to drive a No. 23 Toyota in 2016.
“It’s a nice homecoming, coming back to Front Row Motorsports,” Ragan said. “I’ve always had a great deal of respect for Bob Jenkins, how he put together his team and grew it the right way over the years. We’ve celebrated some pretty big highlights together, and now we need to go make more.”
During his previous stint as a Front Row Motorsports driver, Ragan claimed his second of two-career wins, winning at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2013. His first win came at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway while with Roush Fenway Racing. He first joine FRM in 2012. Ragan also has 15-career top-five finishes in 362 starts, three of those coming with Front Row Motorsports.
Chris Buescher, on loan from Roush Fenway Racing, was Front Row Motorsports other driver in 2016 as driver of the No. 34, but he’ll be at JTG-Daugherty Racing in 2017.