STATESVILLE, N.C. (February 20, 2018) – David Ragan’s 400th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series couldn’t come at a better place. The Unadilla, Ga., native will celebrate the career milestone on Feb. 25 at his home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Some special friends are joining in the celebration, including the Georgia General Assembly. Ragan and track president Ed Clark will attend a ceremony on Thursday morning at the Capitol in Atlanta, where the legislature will issue a proclamation honoring Ragan’s achievement.
Some long-time fans will also be in Atlanta to mark the milestone. Ragan recently reread some fan mail he’d saved from 2006, his rookie year. He decided to contact some of those fans and invite them to the Atlanta race to help him celebrate his 12-year career. The result of his efforts: Two fans from the Atlanta area and two fans from Missouri will be Ragan’s VIP guests at Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, where Ragan will drive the No. 38 Fr8Auctions Ford. The 32-year-old driver is picking up the fans’ travel tabs.
“Atlanta Motor Speedway is special to me because I grew up at that track,” Ragan said. “I raced my Legends car there as a kid in the 90s and early 2000s. My dad still works there and has an office there. It’s just always has been a second home to me.
“So, we couldn’t have scripted it better to have my 400th start be in Atlanta,” Ragan continued. “Ed Clark is taking us down to the Capitol for a special ceremony on Thursday, and we’ll have all kinds of family, friends and fans at the track all weekend. Pulling out those old fan letters and contacting those people to invite them to come was cool. They were pretty surprised but jumped at the opportunity.”
Local partner Fr8Auctions will also get into the celebration, marking Ragan’s milestone with a commemorative logo on the decklid of the No. 38 Ford. The Atlanta-based auction house that sells excess freight inventory is partnering with Front Row Motorsports for a fourth straight year.
“Atlanta Motor Speedway is our home track, too, so naturally we wanted to help mark David’s 400th career start,” said Fr8Auctions founder Marcus Barela. “We’ve been lucky to work with David for a few years now and couldn’t ask for a better driver to represent us on track and off.”
The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 airs Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.
No. 38 Speedco Ford
Started: 15th | Finished: 30th (accident)
"I think that wreck was just a product of speedway racing. You’ve got young guys with fast race cars. They were probably being a little too aggressive, blocking, moving around, and sometimes you get what you ask for, and I think the two guys that wrecked got what they asked for, and it’s just a shame we were caught in it. Our Speedco Ford was really good. We hung around the top 5 and top 10 some, and I was happy with the speed in our Ford. Our Front Row team did a nice job bringing some good cars down here."
Ragan on Daytona"I always tell people that I feel like we have as good a chance to win the Daytona 500 as anyone. We work extremely hard on our speedway cars, and I have been grateful to drive some fast Fords over the years. The FR9 engine that Doug Yates and his camp provide for us is a great engine for the speedway races. We have a little different rules package with some springs and shocks and set-up we can run at Daytona with a little different schedule and flow for the weekend. It will be a little different than normal so I am excited to hit the race track and run the Duels.
"It will be a tough weekend and always challenging to win the 500. Going into the weekend I feel as good as anyone should. It is our most important race of the year to get a good start to the season. I think it is a tone setter. You don’t have to win the race to have a good Daytona 500. If you can get out of there with a top-10 or top-15, it puts you on the right path going to Atlanta and Vegas."
Ragan Daytona Stats
22 starts, 1 win, 3 top-5s, 4 top-10s
Best finish: 1st
Thursday, Feb. 15, 3pm - Ford Performance display (Daytona International Speedway Fan Zone)
Newest Member of Love’s Travel Stops Family of Companies Partners with Superspeedway Winner
STATESVILLE, N.C. (February 5, 2018) – Another member of the Love’s Travel Stops family of companies will be racing for a win in this year’s Daytona 500. Speedco, a national network of service locations for the trucking industry, will join David Ragan’s No. 38 team for the 60th running of the Great American Race on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.
The partnership gives Speedco’s parent company, Love’s Travel Stops, two opportunities to get into Victory Lane at the famed superspeedway. Love’s is the principal partner of Ragan’s teammate, Michael McDowell, and is the primary sponsor on McDowell’s No. 34 Ford for the Daytona 500.
Speedco joined the Love’s family of companies in November. Its 52 locations across the country provide oil changes, preventative maintenance, inspection services and tire offerings for commercial truck drivers. The acquisition combined two top brands to give the trucking community more service and product options at more locations.
Ragan is a two-time superspeedway winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and nearly took the No. 38 to Victory Lane in July, the last time the series raced at Daytona International Speedway. He was in the lead when the race went into a green-white-checkered overtime restart, and he crossed the line sixth as the field charged to the finish in a two-lap dash.
“Love’s Travel Stops has been a great partner of Front Row Motorsports for years now, and it’s cool to have a new member of the Love’s family as a primary partner on one of our cars, especially for the Daytona 500, where we know we’re going to have fast cars,” said Ragan. “Michael and I are looking forward to working together on track, and you know we’ll push hard to get a 1-2 finish for Speedco and Love’s.”
The No. 38 Speedco team will be on track for Daytona 500 pole qualifying on Sunday, Feb. 11, airing live on FOX. The team will then compete in the Can-Am Duels, the qualifying races that set the line-up for the Daytona 500, on Thursday, Feb. 15, airing live on FS1. The 60th running of the Daytona 500 is scheduled to run on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m. ET and will air live on FOX.
About Love’s Travel Stops:
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1964, Love’s has more than 440 locations in 41 states. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a selection of restaurant offerings. On-site Love’s Truck Tire Care centers offer roadside assistance, tire care and light mechanical services for professional truck drivers. Showers, CAT scales and other services for professional truck drivers are also available. Love’s, which remains family-owned and operated, employs more than 20,000 people. To learn more, visit www.loves.com.
Hospitals to Be Primary Sponsor of Front Row Motorsports for Three Races
STATESVILLE, N.C. (January 18, 2018) – Shriners Hospitals for Children® will once again sponsor David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports’ (FRM) No. 38 Ford Fusion in 2018. Shriners Hospitals for Children will be the primary sponsor of Ragan during three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races: Dover International Speedway on May 6, Daytona International Speedway on July 7 and Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18.
For a third consecutive year, Shriners Hospitals for Children will support the on-track efforts of Ragan, who has a close relationship with the health care system. Ragan has been a member of Shriners International since 2012 and serves as its NASCAR ambassador. Ragan visits Shriners Hospitals during the race season and invites patients to the track for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He also raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, public service announcements, donations and activities.
Ragan will again visit several Shriners Hospitals locations throughout the year and will host patients at the track with Front Row Motorsports during the three primary races. Patients and their families will be able to experience race day up close, including pace car rides, driver introductions, pit and garage tours and other VIP activities. Ragan brought national attention to Shriners Hospitals for Children when he was in the lead position late in the 2017 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Ultimately, he finished sixth.
“I think Shriners Hospitals for Children brings us a lot of luck,” said Ragan. “We have always had some great races with their support and being able to bring patients to the track is the most special part of the weekend, no matter the result.
“Shriners Hospitals for Children does amazing things for patients across the country, as well as in Canada and Mexico,” continued Ragan. “During my visits, I’ve seen first-hand the care that Shriners Hospitals for Children provides to patients and families, and I’m proud to be a Shriner and bring awareness to the hospitals with Front Row Motorsports.”
Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialized care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
“David has been a tremendous ambassador for both Shriners Hospitals for Children and Shriners International,” said Gary Bergenske, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our partnership with David and Front Row Motorsports has increased awareness for our health care system and the work we do for our patients. This is just another way we send Love to the rescue®. We are proud to support David and look forward to another successful NASCAR program this year.”
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Learn more at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
No. 38 Weather Channel/Flagship Solutions Ford
Started: 30th | Finished: 17th
Final Driver Points Standing: 30th
"Our team really did a nice job working on our Weather Channel/Flagship Solutions Group Ford from Saturday night to Sunday. We started off a lot better and we really had good runs. We also had good strategy and no penalties. It was a great way to finish the season with a top-20."
STATESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2017) – David Ragan will close out the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with a familiar name on board his No. 38 Ford Fusion. The Weather Company, via The Weather Channel brand, in collaboration with Flagship Solutions Group, will be the primary partner of Ragan’s team for Sunday’s EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR recently named The Weather Company, an IBM Business, the official weather partner of the sport, providing officials with insights that allow them to make critical weather-related decisions that impact race operations. Flagship Solutions Group, an IBM business partner, is the technology provider working with The Weather Company to develop a weather insights dashboard that integrates into NASCAR’s racing operations and decision-support system.
“Through this partnership, The Weather Company and NASCAR are helping us better understand the needs and requirements for not only the operations team, but also the drivers,” said Mark Wyllie, CEO of Flagship Solutions Group. “Our relationship with David Ragan will further help to provide that insight so we can develop the correct analytical view of all weather data. It’s truly where the rubber meets the road.”
The 2017 race season finale will mark the first time The Weather Channel blue and white logo will adorn a Front Row Motorsports entry.
“When you have 38 race events outdoors, you’re going to be affected by the weather,” Ragan said. “So, this official partnership between The Weather Company and NASCAR will be a tremendous help to the officials who make weather-related decisions throughout the season.”
“We are thrilled to be the official weather partner of NASCAR, working closely with them to improve the race experience not only for race operations, but also for fans,” said Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, head of marketing, global business solutions, for The Weather Company, an IBM Business. “Weather impacts every aspect of a race, and this collaboration will help drive more confidence into NASCAR decision-making, reducing uncertainty.”
The EcoBoost 400 airs live on NBC Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
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 Landon Cassill 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, Camping World, Love's Travel Stops and CSX Transportation. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on Twitter at @Team_FRM and on Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
No. 38 1000Bulbs.com Ford
Started: 26th | Finished: 33rd
"We had a really solid 1000Bulbs.com car for three quarters of the race. We couldn’t catch the cautions at the right time. But sometimes you’re in the wrong place at the right time, and that was the case at the end. Someone in front of us had a problem and we were right in the middle and couldn’t avoid it. We had some damage and had to pit under green. But I’m proud of my team. We had a pretty respectful car today."
Ragan on Phoenix"We're excited to get to Phoenix. We have a new partner on board -- 1000Bulbs.com. They're an Internet-based lighting retailer, and they're new to the sport. They're actually based out of the Dallas area, and we went and spent some time with them at their headquarters last week when we were in Texas. Then they came out to Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday to soak everything in. Now this week at Phoenix Raceway, they're going to be the primary partner on our 38 car. We're excited to have them and introduce them to our team and our sport.
"The upcoming changes for Phoenix are interesting. It’ll be really crazy driving off into Turn 1 for restarts, which would now be Turn 3. It’s a great short track where you have a lot of speed, but it still races very much like a short track. As an industry, we’ve gotten really good at paving these tracks the last few years, and we know how to artificially age the surface so it makes the racing a lot better. And it allows Goodyear to bring a softer tire that won’t blister and won’t overheat. The cars have grip and we can move around."
Friday, Nov. 10, 2-3pm - Camping World (10255 Papago Fwy, Avondale)
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