No. 38 1000Bulbs.com Ford
Started: 25th | Finished: 20th
2018 Points Finish: 25th
"We had a decent 1000Bulbs.com Ford, although we never could get the handling on it just right. I'm proud of Seth (Barbour) and Angela (Ashmore) for making a great effort. We had a good strategy and probably picked up a few spots because of it. It's kind of the story of our season. We had pretty solid cars, but could use a little more speed to get into the top-15 or top-20 on a more consistent basis. But I'm proud of our team and looking forward to what we can do next year."
Ragan on Homestead"Homestead is a great racetrack. You can run fast a couple of laps on the bottom. You can move through the middle a little bit. But the fastest line around Homestead is right against that wall. It’s risk versus reward. You know you have to be there to find that extra little bit of grip that the racetrack still has to use that extra banking. But, if you slip just a few inches sometimes, you can get into the wall. And our cars aren’t as tough as they used to be. They’re a lot more sensitive to a little bit of damage here and there.
"Homestead is such a cool weekend for the entire sport with all the championships ending there. I enjoy that weekend. It’s got a little bit of a party atmosphere because everyone’s happy to see the end of the season come. We’ve got a lot of good things to look forward to in 2019, but we still have some unfinished business that last race of the year. We definitely want to have a good run for 1000Bulbs.com and end the season on a high note."
Ragan Homestead Stats
11 starts, 1 top-10, 3 top-20s
Best finish: 10th
Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:05pm - Ford Performance display (Homestead Miami Speedway Fan Zone)
No. 38 Trident Seafoods Wild Alaska Pollock Ford
Started: 31st | Finished: 20th
"It was a long battle today for our Trident Seafoods Wild Alaska Pollock Ford. We didn't fire off that great and got some damage early on, but the team made some good adjustments and did a good job on pit road. It's a small victory to come home with a top-20. I would've liked to have gotten a few more spots, but hopefully we learned some things we can apply to Homestead and next season."
Ragan on Phoenix"We have Trident Seafoods back on our No. 38 in Phoenix. It's their second race with us this season, and this time they're highlighting Wild Alaska Pollock. It's a really cool paint scheme. I think it's going to be a fan favorite this weekend.
"I look at Phoenix like a short track. It’s not a short track like Martinsville and Bristol, but it’s a shorter track than others. It definitely has the feel of a short-track race. You use a lot of brakes, and forward drive is important. The field is a little tighter together. As that track has worn out over the last few years, it’s really matured into a great track. Goodyear has been able to bring a little softer tire. It lays down a lot of rubber. So, tires are important. You have a little bit of fall-off now. We definitely have our short-track mindset when we go to Phoenix.
"With the new renovations, we just have to go and figure it out. What Phoenix has done to reward their loyal fans over the years has been good to see. It’s great to see that kind of passion for our sport in the Southwest. I look forward to getting out there and checking out the changes."
Ragan Phoenix Stats
23 starts, 1 top-10, 1 top-15, 3 top-20s
Best finish: 10th
No. 38 EarthWater Ford
Started: 27th | Finished: 24th
"We never had a perfect handle on our EarthWater Ford. I felt like Seth (Barbour) and Angela (Ashmore) made good adjustments throughout the race, and we got our car a little better. But, with all the long green-flag runs, we got a couple laps down, and that made it hard to get a top-20. I wish we would've had a few more opportunities toward the end to get a few more spots. But we learned some things that will help us get better on this type of track."
EarthWater Racing Returns to Texas on David Ragan’s No. 38 Ford
DALLAS (October 31, 2018) - EarthWater Racing returns to its home track of Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, partnering with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Ragan for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500. The No. 38 EarthWater Ford Fusion will mark the first partnership between the Addison, Texas-based company and Front Row Motorsports.
EarthWater is a health and wellness company that makes mineral-infused, high-alkaline beverages designed to provide benefits such as boosting immunity, maintaining nutrient levels in the body’s cells and reducing toxins.
Ragan is a 12-year veteran of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with two wins, 15 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes, and two pole positions, including two top-10s and a pole at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2018 season is his fifth with Front Row Motorsports.
“We’re always happy to welcome new partners at the racetrack, especially when they’re locally based and get to enjoy the ‘home track’ experience,” said the 32-year-old driver. “With everybody being more focused on their health these days and paying closer attention to what they eat and drink, we’re happy to provide EarthWater a platform to share the benefits of their product with the NASCAR audience.”
“This is a great day for a great driver like David Ragan to run the Ford Fusion while he’s powered by EarthWater,” said EarthWater founder and CEO C.J. Comu. “We are excited to support a great athlete like David and wish him a fast, safe race and look forward to an exciting day on the track and for the millions watching at home.”
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be at Texas Motor Speedway starting Friday with practice and qualifying, scheduled to air live on the NBC Sports Network at 2 and 7 p.m. ET, respectively. Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. ET practice will air live on CNBC. Sunday’s 501-mile race on the 1.5-mile oval will air live on the NBC Sports Network, with coverage scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET.
For more information about EarthWater, visit EarthWater.com.
EarthWater Limited is a health and wellness company and manufacturer of mineral infused high-alkaline beverages and liquid concentrate with the proprietary Hydration Molecular Complex (HMC), using 100% natural, proprietary blends of organic fulvic and humic complexes mined from deep within the earth's surface. Fulvic and humic minerals have rehydrating and detoxifying qualities that can inhibit free radicals and improve absorption of key nutrients. EarthWater products are sold through the EarthWater Affiliate Program and online through the Amazon Exclusives Program. To engage with EarthWater online, you are encouraged to "like," "follow," and "share" the brand's social media pages. EarthWater inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.EarthWater.com.
About Front Row Motorsports:
Front Row Motorsports is a winning organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the premier division of NASCAR competition. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by Tennessean Bob Jenkins. FRM fields two full-time entries, the No. 34 of Michael McDowell and the No. 38 of David Ragan, from its Statesville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. The team's partnership base includes organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Love's Travel Stops, K-LOVE Radio, 1000Bulbs.com and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on Twitter at @Team_FRM and on Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
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No. 38 MDS Transport Ford
Started: 36th | Finished: 18th
"We had a good qualifying effort, but ended up having to go to the back of the field. It was a hard fought day, but we caught a couple of timely cautions and I was really pleased with the adjustments that we made on our car. It was a solid day for us."
Ragan on Martinsville"I love Martinsville. I tell everybody that’s probably my favorite race on the circuit. Martinsville reminds me of short-track racing in my Legends car and my late-model cars when I was a young kid. It’s what NASCAR was built on. I think Martinsville is the track we’ve been going to the longest. It’s awesome to have all that history at one track. It’s a challenging race, but I just love going to Martinsville.
"With eight guys going for a championship, the intensity is pretty high. And even though we’re not racing for a championship, we’re still racing for race wins, top-fives and top-10s, and it would be great to leave Martinsville with a good run."
Ragan Martinsville Stats
24 starts, 1 top-5, 3 top-10s, 6 top-15s
Best finish: 5th
No. 38 MDS Transport Ford
Started: 28th | Finished: 19th
"Seth (Barbour) and Angela (Ashmore) and our team did a nice job making some adjustments throughout the race. The very first run, we weren't that great at all, but they were able to make some good changes and our Ford responded well. It was encouraging to be a lot more competitive at the end, and it was good to get another top-20 here in Kansas."
Ragan on Kansas"Kansas has really matured into a great track. It’s got multiple grooves, and we have run really well there over the past season and a half at Front Row Motorsports. We’ve worked really hard on our mile-and-a-half program, and I feel like we’re still putting a lot of effort into it, even these last five races. There’s a rule change coming next year, so these cars aren’t going to be the same. We’ll try to make them faster and have more downforce and drive better. So, Kansas is an important race for us. We’ve been able to run in the top 15, top 20 the last few races there.
"Our 2018 notebook will basically be put into archives. The racing next year is going to continue to evolve with the downforce engine package, and Goodyear will probably change the tires around to accommodate. And then you always have other developments throughout the year. So, the old notes won’t be thrown away, but they’ll probably be put away to where we can reference them if we need to. But things are going to change a lot going forward."
Ragan Kansas Stats
19 starts, 1 top-10, 3 top-15s, 9 top-20s
Best finish: 8th
Sunday, Oct. 21, 10:10am - Ford Performance display (Kansas Speedway Fan Zone)
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