Ragan on Pocono"Pocono is tricky. All three corners are really different, you’re shifting and you’re using a lot of brakes. It’s really a test of everything on the race car. You’ve got to have good downforce and good splitter control from an aero perspective. But you’ve got those flat corners where lower center-of-gravity race cars are going to run faster. Engines are important. Brakes and transmissions are important. It’s where you see a lot of guys have mechanical problems because you’re pushing a lot of those parts and pieces to the extreme limits. It’s tricky, but it’s fun when you have a good handling car. It can be fun from a strategy perspective and how you’re racing other cars. But, if your car’s tough to drive, it can be a hard race, too.
"Restarts can be wild. Sometimes it’s a game of chicken. You get a good run and you want to put the car in front of you three-wide or four-wide, but you know that’s really not going to work and someone’s going to have to give or you’re going to tear some race cars up. There are some guys that are really aggressive and you’re going to watch out for that, and there are some guys that are a little more calculated and they’re going to make their pass at the right time. But you’ve got to be ready to go because those restarts are a good opportunity to pass. So, anytime you have restarts at Pocono, you better stand up and watch because it’s going to be exciting."
Ragan Pocono Stats
22 starts, 1 top-5, 1 top-10, 2 top-15s
Best finish: 5th
No. 38 MDS Trucking Ford
Started: 19th | Finished: 25th
"I hit the wall in that third stage and that really set us back. I felt like we were battling for the Lucky Dog and running right around the top 20 and the car just started getting loose, so we were ready to make an adjustment. I got loose into Turn 3, hit the wall and had to pit under green. I was a little disappointed that I let the car get out from under me like that and probably cost us a shot at a top 20, but we made little improvements on our car all night and we just have to clean our act up a bit.”
STATESVILLE, N.C. (May 22, 2018) – David Ragan’s No. 38 team will honor the memory of a U.S. Army mechanic and South Georgia native who was killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Crockett had served in the Army for 20 years and was to retire later that year. He was 38 years old when he was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Baghdad.
Crockett served with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, N.C., and was a native of Broxton, Ga. Memorial message boards and news reports offer mentions from family and friends of Crockett’s constant smile.
“Broxton isn’t too far from my hometown of Unadilla,” Ragan said. “It will be my honor to have the name of this fallen hero from South Georgia on our No. 38 Ford this weekend. And I’m looking forward to meeting his son and nieces who will be at the race on Sunday. I hope they will be able to see how much the NASCAR community appreciates our military and the ultimate sacrifice their family made.”
Each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car will carry the name of a fallen soldier on the windshield as part of its “600 Miles of Remembrance” tribute for the Memorial Day weekend event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In addition to Crockett’s name on the windshield, the No. 38 MDS Trucking Ford will have patriotic accents added to its paint scheme.
The Coca-Cola 600 airs Sunday on FOX at 6 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 Trucking Ford
Started: 10th | Finished: 9th
"Our team did a really nice job with the limited track time that we had with this new package, and I feel like we made some gains. But, in traffic our car was just too unstable. And that's where the race was won, just 20-lap shootouts. You had to be really good in traffic. So we missed it a little bit, but it was fun. I look forward to watching the All-Star Race. I'm disappointed we're not in it, but we have motivation to work harder to make it next year."
Ragan on the All-Star Open"As a kid, I grew up loving the All-Star weekend. It was a little different format, and it always had a different level of excitement. So, to have been in the All-Star race by winning a race and a couple times racing my way in through the Open, it’s always a dramatic and fun experience. It’s a cool feeling to be with a lot of the sport’s best.
"This package is going to be different, there’s no question about it. Charlotte Motor Speedway is a place where the field tends to get strung out really fast, but these rules will slow everybody down a little, and I think we might see more side-by-side racing. And maybe it can spark some new conversation in the industry on a direction we need to go. We’ll take some good notes, knowing that if it’s a successful weekend, we could see this package in future races."
Ragan All-Star Stats
4 All-Star Race starts
8 All-Star Open starts
1 All-Star Open win
Saturday, May 19, 2:30pm - Monster Energy Open Autograph Session (Charlotte Motor Speedway)
No. 38 MDS Trucking Ford
Started: 20th | Finished: 13th
"We made good adjustments Saturday to start the race, and I felt like our car was OK the first run. Then we made a good improvement that first pit stop, so that really helped us stay on the lead lap a little bit longer. And then we just caught a couple of lucky breaks at the end, but we were just good enough that we could take advantage of those lucky breaks. I feel like we’ve made some more progress with our mile-and-a-half cars. It was fun to race with some good cars."
Ragan on Kansas"Last year, Kansas was really a great race. You can run the middle, the top, the bottom. And our Front Row cars have run well there the last couple years. We’ve worked really hard on our mile-and-a-half program, and I think we’ve been able to see some of the fruits of the labor. So, we’re excited to get to Kansas and see where our cars have evolved.
"We’ve got a lot of mile-and-a-halfs on the schedule this summer. Kansas is a race where, after we’ve had some short tracks and a superspeedway at Talladega, we’ve had some time to work on our cars after the Texas race and improve them. It’s always fun to unload and see those first couple of laps how we stack up.
"When they redid Kansas a few years ago, it was super fast. But you were just glued to the bottom. And I think the hot Kansas summers and cool winters have aged that asphalt at a faster rate than maybe Michigan or Last Vegas or Charlotte did. Kansas has almost caught up with those other tracks from a grip level and a tire-wear perspective. So, it allows Goodyear to bring a little more aggressive tire. And we’re still really fast, but it does provide for a good race."
Ragan Kansas Stats
18 starts, 1 top-10, 2 top-15s, 8 top-20s
Best finish: 8th
Saturday, May 12, 3:45pm - Ford Performance display (Kansas Speedway Fan Zone)
STATESVILLE, N.C. (May 2, 2018) – Shriners Hospitals for Children® will join David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports (FRM) this weekend at the Dover International Speedway. Shriners Hospitals for Children will be the primary sponsor of Ragan and the No. 38 Ford Fusion team. This is the first of three primary races for the hospitals.
To bring awareness and celebrate, Ragan will host nine-year-old EJ Lloyd, a patient of the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital, Sunday at the track and also AJ Yenish, a 10-year-old former patient from the same hospital, whose parents have raised over $250,000 for the Shriners Hospitals through their own Raise Your Glass Foundation.
Ragan, who has a close relationship with the health care system, will visit the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital on Thursday. He will tour the hospital before spending time with the patients. Ragan will then spend race day with the Lloyd and Yenish families, giving them once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as a tour of the NASCAR Cup Series garage, pace car rides, attending the drivers' meeting and watching Sunday’s race from a luxury suite.
Ragan has been a member of Shriners International since 2012 and serves as its NASCAR ambassador. He visits Shriners Hospitals during the race season and raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, public service announcements, donations and activities.
“I’m looking forward to this weekend at Dover, making the visit to the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital and hosting EJ and AJ on Sunday,” said Ragan. “I really enjoy visiting the hospitals, learning more about how they treat the patients, and then spending time with them. I say it all the time, but the Shriners fraternity is doing wonderful things for these patients at these hospitals. I just want to bring more and more awareness to their cause, the hospitals and then show some of the patients a fun time at the track. It’s great that we can do that with our Front Row Motorsports race team this weekend.”
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.
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.
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