Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

TBT: David Ragan Wins at Talladega, Scores First Win for Front Row Motorsports


David Ragan is one of the best in the sport when it comes to racing on the plate tracks in NASCAR. He went on to prove that once again on May 5, 2013 when he scored his second career win Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (formerly Sprint) in the Aaron’s 499 from Talladega Superspeedway.

At the time it was a true “David vs. Goliath” moment when Ragan and his Front Row Motorsports teammate, David Gilliland finished 1,2 in the race.

Gilliland was crucial in Ragan earning the win after he delivered drafting pushes to Ragan in the two-lap overtime finish.

The victory marked Ragan’s second on a plate track, but the first win for his small FRM team.

Ragan’s first Cup victory came in the July 2011 Coke Zero 400 when he was driving the No. 6 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing.

Due to rainy weather at the time it took seven hours for the race to conclude but when it did Ragan found his No. 34 Farm Rich Ford Fusion in victory lane.

“This is a true David vs. Goliath moment here. This is special to get Front Row Motorsports their first win. It feels like I’ve never been in Victory Lane before, I’m so excited. We’re a small team. We build our own chassis, our own bodies, and it’s such a special moment for our team and all of our partners. This is big, Ragan said after the race.”

Ragan who once again races for Front Row Motorsports after previously spending some time with BK Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing will look to race his No. 38 Ford to the front of the field during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 on Sunday afternoon.

In his two starts at Talladega last season (also with FRM) Ragan finished 6th and 39th, respectively. While his finish in the fall isn’t something to rave about, Ragan did well in this same Spring race last year finishing 6th and is certainly someone to keep an eye on and should be considered a solid pick.

Last fall before Talladega, Ragan said to me, “We always run well at the superspeedways, so we always go into Talladega and Daytona with a lot of confidence. We know these are races where we can race for stage points and stage wins and just have a good points day overall as long as we avoid the ‘big ones’.”

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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