No. 38 Bad Boy Mowers Ford
Started: 12th | Finished: 6th
"We had a fast Bad Boy Mowers Ford all weekend. We qualified 12th, and if it wasn’t for my speeding penalty early I think we could have run in the top 15 all day. Kudos to the Front Row Motorsports guys for assembling this car and the team at the shop and the engine shop and even Roush Fenway Racing who put a lot of effort in. Special thanks to Jimmy Fennig for helping us on this car."
STATESVILLE, N.C. (April 24, 2018) – Bad Boy Mowers will partner with David Ragan at one of NASCAR’s baddest tracks, joining the No. 38 team at Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The partnership will be the first for the zero-turn mower manufacturer and the 2013 Talladega race winner.
The Batesville, Ark.-based company specializes in zero-turn radius lawn mowers and other commercial and residential lawn care equipment. Launched in 2002, Bad Boy Mowers now offers a full line of equipment built in its Ozark Mountain headquarters and shipped to retailers nationwide in its own fleet of haulers.
“Bad Boy Mowers is the perfect partner to bring on board with our No. 38 team,” Ragan said. “They’re an American business success story with a great product made in the U.S.A. We’re excited to have them for one of our favorite races of the year where we always have fast Fords. The Bad Boy Mowers Ford looks pretty sharp now, and I think it would look even better with confetti on it.”
Ragan knows where Victory Lane is at Talladega Superspeedway. He earned a dramatic win at the 2.66-mile oval in the 2013 Geico 500 – the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory for Front Row Motorsports and Ragan’s second Cup career win. In addition to the win, he has four top-five and nine top-10 finishes at Talladega.
“We are proud to partner with David Ragan and the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports team, an already proven winning combination at Talladega Superspeedway,” said Bad Boy Mowers’ Bill Hurst. “This weekend we are excited that the No. 38 Ford will sport a new design for us and our new Bad Boy Mowers logo on the hood. Good luck to the team and go mow them down, David.”
The Geico 500 is scheduled to air live on FOX, with covering beginning Sunday at 2 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 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.
No. 38 MDS Transport Ford
Started: 15th | Finished: 33rd
"It's disappointing that we let a top-15 finish get away. I sped on pit road and that penalty set us back, but I felt like we were going to recover. But then we had a tire go down late in the race. That's one of those times you're reminded that they award the trophy at Lap 400, not at Lap 350. We had some misfortune and some self-inflicted wounds that prevented us from having a really good day."
Ragan on Richmond"Richmond is almost like the superspeedway of short tracks. Handling is very important, but it’s got that long, sweeping front straightaway. Forward drive is so critical to get off of Turn 4, so you can get the power down and carry a lot of speed into Turn 1. I think that’s a great passing zone off of Turn 4 and getting into Turn 1. So, Richmond is one of my favorite tracks.
"I’ve always enjoyed going up there. It’s a great racetrack on our circuit, and the Saturday night shows as we get into the summer months are always a lot of fun. I've traditionally raced pretty well there, and our Front Row Motorsports team has shown some speed there, so we're looking forward to getting there with our MDS Ford."
Ragan Richmond Stats
22 starts, 3 top-5s, 3 top-10s
Best finish: 3rd
No. 38 The Pete Store Ford
Started: 23rd | Finished: 12th
"I felt like it took us about 300 laps to get all the monkeys off of our back and get our car repaired (from earlier contact) and kind of get some track position. I felt like our car was really good on a long run, and we were fortunate that we had a couple of long runs today. I’m proud of our guys for never giving up. We spent a lot of time on pit road, so it was a solid day, and I’m happy to get out of here and look forward to Richmond."
Ragan on Bristol"The atmosphere is a lot different between the day race and the night race at Bristol. It would be fun to have two night races, but you never know what kind of weather you’re going to have in April. But the racing is always very similar between the two races. The bottom groove gets some rubber in it, the top groove comes in during the race. I’ve really liked the track over the last few years. The top groove is a unique, fast place to race. But the guys who have good-handling cars can still make moves and pass on the bottom. That’s what you want as a driver and as a race fan. You want drivers to have options. You want to be able to pass. And I think you have that at Bristol.
"I’ve been a little back and forth on the grip strip at the bottom. I think the intent on paper makes a little bit of sense. But it’s very sensitive to temperature, to sunlight, to the amount of track rubber. So, it’s changing a lot and difficult to keep up with. And I don’t think it makes the racing any better, so I wish that they would leave the track alone and let things occur naturally throughout the weekend as rubber is laid down. Until they get that scienced out a little bit, I think the potential is there, but I’m not a big fan of it today."
Ragan Bristol Stats
22 starts, 1 top-10, 3 top-15s, 6 top-20s
Best finish: 10th
No. 38 1000Bulbs.com Ford
Started: 29th | Finished: 23rd
"Our team did a nice job working on our car from Saturday night. I feel like our 1000Bulbs.com Ford was fast the first two stages. I saw the 11 spin and I checked up a little, and as he came back down the track I couldn’t go low quick enough and it tore our car up. We just didn’t have the car to compete in the last half. I am glad the team was able to repair it enough to get back out there, and I am really excited about the way it drove the first half of the race."
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