No. 38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford
Started: 29th | Finished: 29th
"I'm proud of our Shriners Hospitals for Children team. I think we made our race car a lot better, and I feel like we had a really competitive car the last third of the race. Earlier we had a pit road issue, where I wound up having to make an unscheduled stop, and that kind of hurt us a bit. But we made a couple of big changes that really made a big improvement to our race car. Hopefully we can learn a little bit and be better when we come back here in August."
Ragan on Michigan"I think the Michigan track has aged a little bit since last season. When we were up there a few weeks ago for a test, it was really gray. It had lost some of its color. There weren't enough cars running to really widen the groove out, but I think you will see two-and-a-half grooves open up. I don't think you're going to see cars up in the middle of the race track or the very top lane, but the bottom does still have a lot of grip. They did an outstanding job paving that place, and it just takes a few years for it to age.
"Michigan is a super fast race track. It's a fun place for us to race with a blue oval on our Ford Fusion. We're also going to have the Shriners Hospitals for Children with us this weekend. It will be their first race for the 2017 campaign promoting summer safety. It's a big weekend for us."
Sunday, June 18, 10:40am - Fanatics Trackside (Michigan International Speedway Fan Zone)
No. 38 Overton's Ford
Started: 31st | Finished: 25th
"We had good strategy by Derrick Finley and our 38 team. We had one weak run – the second-to-last run when we were racing for the Lucky Dog. I don’t know if we had a funny set of tires or if we went a little too far on an adjustment, but that was our weakest run. All in all, we made improvements on the car. We just have to start a little bit better at the beginning of these races, but I’m proud of this Overton’s team. They had good strategy and a good day on pit road and we were able to put together a decent finish."
Ragan on Pocono"Pocono is a very unique race track. It’s one of the reasons that our NASCAR circuit is fun to watch every weekend. Each race track is a little different, and Pocono is one of the more unique places that we race on. Turn 1 is a traditional, high-banked corner. Turn 2 is very flat, but very tight. And Turn 3 is very sweeping without a lot of banking. It's hard to get your car working well in all three corners, but our Overton's team will be working hard to get as close as we can.
"The stages are going to play a key role in the outcome of the overall finish because you’ll be able to pit during the stages without losing a lap and try to gain some track position. So, I think you’ll have guys on different strategies – some trying to gain points for that stage, but some cars that will just throw away those points and try to set themselves up for the final stage. I think Pocono could be a place where you’ll see some unfamiliar names up front at the end of one of the stages just because the strategy worked out right."
David Ragan's No. 38 team will remember a highly decorated Navy SEAL as part of NASCAR's "600 Miles of Remembrance" this Memorial Day weekend. The camouflage-schemed Jacob Companies Ford Fusion will carry the name of Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Strange, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.
The 25-year-old Philadelphia native was a Navy Cryptologist Technician based with an East-Coast SEAL team. He died from wounds suffered when his Chinook helicopter was shot down during a mission in Operation Enduring Freedom. Petty Officer Strange had numerous decorations, including two Joint Service Commendation Medals and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.
"Paying tribute to the men and women of our military, especially those who paid the ultimate price for their service, has always been important to all of us in the NASCAR community," Ragan said. "The '600 Miles of Remembrance' helps each team to put a spotlight on and pay respect to one particular service member. We can share a name, a face and a story, and make it a more personal tribute. Michael Strange was a hero, and we're proud to have him riding along with us this Memorial Day weekend."
Shriners Hospitals for Children Partners with David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports to Launch Superheroes of Summer Safety
STATESVILLE, N.C. (May 22, 2017) – Warmer weather and time off from school can mean an increase in serious accidents for children, but Shriners Hospitals for Children® is trying to change that with the help of Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and David Ragan. A nationwide program encourages kids to be Superheroes of Summer Safety and to #EarnYourCape by following tips to reduce the risk of injuries during the summer months.
FRM and Ragan will do their part to spread the message by entering a Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford Fusion this summer into two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races. Today, Ragan, Shriners Hospitals for Children and students of the Harrisburg Elementary School in Harrisburg, N.C., unveiled the livery of the No. 38 Ford that Ragan will race at Michigan International Speedway on June 18 and Sonoma Raceway on June 25.
David Ragan shows off the Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford with Anthony West of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Board of Trustees, Charlotte Motor Speedway mascot Lug Nut and Shriners mascot Fezzy.
Ragan will also visit various Shriners Hospitals during the summer to speak to children about how to stay safe and avoid swimming-related incidents, playground accidents, campfire and fire pit burns and more common and potentially life-altering childhood injuries that can occur during this time of year.
“As a father and Shriner, I know that within seconds a fun-filled day can take a turn when an unexpected accident occurs,” said Ragan. “Shriners Hospitals for Children and I want to provide families with simple ways to reduce the risk of childhood injuries so that kids can enjoy a safe summer. We’re proud to carry the colors of Shriners Hospitals on our No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford Fusion as a reminder for our children to play safe.”
“It is great to see our relationship with David build over the years,” said Chris Smith, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “David has been a loyal friend of the hospitals and we could not be prouder to have him as an ambassador for our hospitals. With David and Front Row Motorpsorts’ support of the Superheroes of Summer Safety campaign we are able to help all children enjoy a safe, injury-free summer. This is just another way we send Love to the rescue®.”
As leaders in the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides critical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children urges parents and caregivers to remind kids of these simple precautions to keep them injury-free this summer:
• At the playground, slide feet first and swing sitting down
• Keep children inside when lawn mowers are in use
• Keep several feet away from fire pits, campfires or grills
• Only swim with an adult present and wear a lifejacket on open water
• Protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunscreen
Become a Superhero of Summer Safety and #EarnYourCape so you can enjoy a safe, injury-free summer. For engaging activity books for children, additional safety tips and flyers, or for information on treatments available at Shriners Hospitals, visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/safesummer.
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.
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.
No. 38 Dockside Logistics Ford
Started: 17th | Finished: 10th
"Derrick (Finley) and our Dockside Logistics team made a lot of adjustments last night. We didn't qualify well, but our car was better in the race. We learned a lot for the Coca-Cola 600. We've got a little better race car to bring next week. We know we can make some improvements. But we just didn't have the overall grip and handle on the race car tonight. I was proud that we made the car better from where we started the weekend, but it just wasn't quite good enough to run with those top five or six guys."
Team FRM PR