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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring David Ragan
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Ragan resigned with Front Row Motorsports through the 2018 season. He'll once again pilot the team's No. 38 Ford in the upcoming season. Last season's three Top-10 finishes and 30th-place finish in the driver standings were good enough to earn Ragan another season with this race team. Although FRM is a multi-car race team, they have been at an equipment and personnel disadvantage when compared to the other multi-car teams in the series. That makes Ragan's 2017 performance even more impressive. Per usual for this veteran driver, the Top-10 finishes all came at the superspeedways of Talladega and Daytona. Ragan's level of skill on the large ovals is undisputed. His two-career Monster Energy Cup Series victories came at these two tracks, so that's something to remember in weekly lineup fantasy leagues.
Ragan saw his career slide into neutral last season. He spent a tumultuous campaign at BK Racing driving their No. 23 Toyota in 2016. For the first time in his 10 seasons of full-time competition at NASCAR's top level, Ragan failed to post a single Top-10 finish in a season. He also finished a career-worst 33rd in the final driver standings. It was a tough season and the two parted ways at the end of it. Ragan will make a homecoming of it in 2017. The veteran driver returns to the Front Row Motorsports team that he competed for between the 2012 and 2014 seasons. Ragan took this stable to victory lane for the first time ever in 2013 with his thrilling upset win at Talladega. He'll pilot the No. 38 Ford this season. At just 30-years-old Ragan has a lot of good racing left in him, so he'll give this small team the very best he can muster.
Ragan was a victim of musical chairs in the Sprint Cup Series last year. While it did give him some great opportunities to race competitively (taking over for Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota and relief driving the No. 55 Toyota of Brian Vickers as well) the lack of team continuity and contractual frivolity has left Ragan a free agent going into 2016. The good news is that this veteran driver has over 300 starts of experience at NASCAR's top level and he has one victory, two poles and 36 top-10 finishes to his credit. This is not just an ordinary resume. Ragan has the skill and experience to be a good driver for any small team that signs him. His name has not surfaced in any rumors, so the watch will continue to see where Ragan ends up. - Ragan rumored to be close to signing with BK Racing in January 2016.
Ragan’s first full season away from Roush Fenway Racing was a bumpy affair. He piloted the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports and struggled to a 28th-place finish in last season’s final driver standings. Along the way Ragan picked up a couple Top-10 finishes and flexed some muscle, mostly on the super speedway ovals. Ragan will return to this team that seems to incrementally improve each season. He will pair with returning crew chief Jay Guy and hope to build on the team’s chemistry and performance in 2013. At 27-years-old, Ragan has a lot of good racing left in him, and he should hopefully build something good at FRM in the near future.
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Season-Best Finish at Talladega
Fast Bristol Happy Hour
Ragan was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 127.487 mph.
400th Cup Series Start
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, Front Row Motorsports PR reports.
Daytona 500 Sponsor Named
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 Ragan's No. 38 team for the 60th running of the Great American Race on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway, Front Row Motorsports PR reports.
Sponsor and Crew Chief News
Online lighting retailer 1000Bulbs.com will return to the No. 38 Ford Fusion in 2018, partnering with driver Ragan for four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. Seth Barbour will lead Ragan's No. 38 team in 2018. Barbour has been named crew chief for the team after serving in the same role for Front Row Motorsports' No. 34 team in 2017, Front Row Motorsports PR reports.