Ragan on Fontana"Auto Club Speedway is one of those tracks that just continues to change and get better with age. I’ve been around this sport for over 10 years now. It’s funny to see how tracks had been perceived when I first came on board and how we raced versus how we do today. So, it definitely is a moving target. You can run all the way below the yellow line and all the way to the top. It’s got four or five grooves that you can find speed in, and it’s turned out to be a great racetrack for all the series that run out there.
"It’s a unique track with very long straightaways, and it doesn’t have a lot of banking. But you fly into those corners. Tires are very important. I think the stages will allow for somebody to short-pit and get some fresh tires to try to make up some ground to potentially win one of those segments. So, you may see some different strategies in play, and our Camping World team could certainly take advantage of opportunities like that."
Sunday, March 26, 7:15am - Sunrise Service (Auto Club Speedway Fan Zone Main Stage)
No. 38 Jacob Companies Ford
Started: 34th | Finished: 35th (crash)
“Really Trevor Bayne is the one that is kind of to blame. He tried to wreck Danica (Patrick) three of four consecutive laps, and I was kind of a result of their shenanigans. They were bouncing off each other, and I tried to go low and made contact with Matt DiBenedetto and had a tire rub. I was going to come in that lap, but we just cut our tire. I am proud of our Jacob Companies Ford Fusion team. They worked hard and we had a decent car today. We struggled some on Friday and Saturday, but we made some good gains. We have a lot of racing left this year."
Ragan on Phoenix"Phoenix is a unique little place. It’s kind of hard to get a handle on. You race like you’re on a short track. You’re on the brakes a lot, forward drive’s important and you really need to roll the bottom. But the second lane is coming in. The asphalt’s maturing well. Goodyear’s been able to adjust the tire compound a little bit and bring some softer tires, so it lays more rubber down."
"For our Front Row Motorsports team, we’re going to have Jacob Companies on our Ford Fusion for their first race, so that’s going to be exciting to get out there and see how our short-track, one-mile program stacks up."
Friday, March 17, 2pm - Youth Autograph Session (Phoenix Raceway Midway, Inside Gate 4, wristbands to first 120 kids)
STATESVILLE, N.C. (March 10, 2017) – Front Row Motorsports has another new partner on David Ragan’s No. 38 Ford for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. JUICE® Battery (www.juicebattery.com), a new consumer household battery brand, will be a primary partner for three races with Ragan’s team, beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
JUICE, a Florida-based consumer battery technology company, is making its NASCAR national series debut with Front Row Motorsports to coincide with a March launch of its new game-changing batteries. Ragan and the No. 38 team will promote the company’s new batteries at two additional races – at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and Talladega Superspeedway in October.
“JUICE is launching new batteries built for today’s generation of high-demand devices this week in Las Vegas and NASCAR fans are the ideal high-octane audience to introduce them to,” said Brent Meikle, founder of JUICE Battery.
“Front Row Motorsports is a challenger brand just like us and we are going to work well together,” Meikle added. “They have a history of making headlines and getting attention for their partners, so we’re excited to be part of the team. Our official launch has begun and we hope to expand our partnership with Bob Jenkins and Front Row Motorsports as more consumers and retailers ‘Get Juiced’ throughout 2017.”
A 10-year veteran of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Ragan knows that NASCAR fans are an ideal target audience, typically offering enthusiastic support for team partners.
“NASCAR fans are very loyal, and they will go out of their way to support team sponsors,” Ragan said. “Our fans use a lot of battery-powered devices as they follow our sport whether they’re at the track, at home or on the go, so we’re eager to help get the word out about JUICE’s technology.”
To learn more about JUICE, visit juicebattery.com.
Schwarze Industries Joins 38 Team as Associate Sponsor
Also this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Schwarze Industries will appear on the rear quarter panels of the No. 38 Ford for the first of five races. The Alabama-based company makes parking lot and street sweepers and has been a partner of David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports for multiple years.
Learn more at schwarze.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 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, 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.
JUICE® is a new consumer battery brand that is officially launching March 2017 to coincide with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Las Vegas, Nevada March 12, 2017. The Brand features new Hybrid Rechargeable battery technology combining the convenience of yesterday’s alkaline batteries with the power of today’s rechargeable mobile batteries. They are ready to use right out of the pack and retain their charge during storage similar to an alkaline battery. Yet they last up to four times longer than an ordinary alkaline battery in today’s high drain devices and they retain higher discharge voltages for optimum device performance. They can also be charged and replayed up to 1500 times in as little as 40-minutes at any USB power source just like a smartphone. For more information about JUICE and its “game changing” battery technology please visit www.juicebattery.com.
Front Row Motorsports
office: 704-873-6445 x215
Ragan on Atlanta"The racing is always great at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and I've been competing here since I was 11, 12 years old. Atlanta's got perfect track conditions. It's worn out so that Goodyear can bring an aggressive tire so you can go really, really fast the first eight, 10, 12 laps of a fuel run. But then the last 10, 12, 15 laps, your tires are very worn out, you're slipping and sliding around, and that makes for good passing and multiple grooves.
"I understand they need to repave after a while, but I think the technology they have now will allow the track to get back to the way it was in just a couple years. I think the race is going to be great for the final time on this surface. It's going to be fun. And we'll have Camping World back on our Ford Fusion for the second straight race. They're a great new partner, jumping in with both feet, and we're happy to have them on our No. 38 at my home track."
Sunday, March 5, 11:10am - Folds of Honor QuikTrip Fan Stage
No. 38 Camping World Ford
Started: 20th | Finished: 25th
"I felt like our Camping World Ford was really fast and drove really good. We had really good strategy that kept us up front. I thought that the race was pretty calm the first 60, 70 laps. In our contact with the 17, the bottom lane stalled a little bit and he had a really good run. He was coming hard and touched me. I got a little loose and tried to chase it, and he just couldn’t get off me and ran out of room. It was unfortunate to be in that spot, but we got lucky that we didn’t get damaged any more than we did."
Ragan on Daytona
"We brought some nice race cars to Daytona, a place where we've had some good success as a team. And we've got a brand new sponsor in Camping World on our Ford Fusion. They're a pretty big and well-known company, and I'm a customer there myself, so we're really excited to have them on board with us this year.
"Daytona's been a good track for me, so I'm looking forward to the 500. I think we can be right there with other contenders. It's a long race. And it's a long week, with qualifying on Sunday, the Duels on Thursday, there's a lot of opportunity to make your car better. But there's also a lot of opportunities to have an accident and have to pull out the back-up car. But I think we're prepared, and we're ready. Daytona is a tone-setter. If you can do well at Daytona, it starts your year off right and makes getting ready for those next three or four races a lot easier."
Sunday, Feb. 26, 10:30am - Ford Performance display (Daytona International Speedway Fan Zone)