Races  that CSX Transportation is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2014:
Daytona - 2/23
Darlington - 4/12
Michigan - 8/17
Richmond - 9/6
Charlotte - 10/11
Races  that Farm Rich is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2014:
Phoenix - 3/2
Daytona - 7/5
Atlanta - 8/31
Races  that Dockside Logistics has been the primary sponsor in 2014:
Bristol - 3/16
Dover - 6/1
Watkins Glen - 8/10
Bristol - 8/23
Chicago - 9/14
Talladega - 10/19
Texas - 11/2
Races  that Wendell Scott Tribute was featured in 2014:
Martinsville - 10/26
Contract Status: Driver: 2014 Primary Sponsors: ?
Whitt replacing Ragan at Front Row? Denied UPDATES: According to a Tweet by BK Racing's minority owner Anthony Marlowe, Cole Whitt will be taking over the #34 Ford of Front Row Motorosports that has been driven by David Ragan for the previous three years.(11-26-2014)
UPDATE: Anthony Marlowe, who was the co-owner of the #26 team with Cole Whitt at Swan Racing and now is the part-owner at BK Racing, posted an interesting tweet late Tuesday night. Apparently, Whtt's representation sent a letter to BK Racing late last week informing team principals the driver would not be returning in 2015. Whitt moved with Marlowe to BKR before Richmond in April after Swan folded. When Motorsport.com reached out to Ragan on Wednesday morning about Marlowe's tweet, the veteran replied via text, "I don't know. I haven't been told anything is changing on my end."(Motorsport)(11-26-2014)
UPDATE 2: A BK Racing co-owner tweeted congratulations to Cole Whitt on landing the #34 ride at Front Row Motorsports for next season, but a Front Row Motorsports spokesperson said there are "no expected changes with the 34 car." David Ragan drove the #34 car this past season, finishing 32nd in points. Shari Spiewak, a spokesperson for Front Row Motorsports said Wednesday morning that it was anticipated that Ragan will be with the team again in 2015. "The team is working on getting its 2015 plans finalized and, hopefully, should be able to have everything buttoned up in a few weeks," Spiewak told Motor Racing Network. Ian Moye, a spokesperson for BK Racing, said that the team has not announced any of its drivers for next season. Whitt, JJ Yeley and Alex Bowman finished the season with the team this past year.(Motor Racing Network)(11-26-2014)
UPDATE 3: It's not every day that a NASCAR team owner publicly apologizes for an error he made, especially in a large forum such as Twitter. But give BK Racing minority owner Anthony Marlowe credit for making a classy move at righting his wrong by offering exclusively to MotorSportsTalk a heartfelt apology and explanation for his inadvertent actions. Here is Marlowe's entire statement to MotorSportsTalk:
"I did not intend for it to make national news," Marlowe said of his original tweet. "Aside from it being smart alecky, it was just a tweet congratulating a friend, and current supplier of driver services on his ride for next year. We could have had someone else drive the 26 car this year at BKR, but my new partners and I felt (Whitt) deserved a full season after his past NASCAR teams were not committed to him for the long term, along with his auspicious start to the 2014 season. That mission was accomplished. Additionally, we offered Cole (and it has been on the table since July) a multi-year option contract in the Cup series. Needless to say, I wish he would have stuck around and built this franchise with us over the years, but he obviously has and/or somehow created a better opportunity somewhere else."
On David Ragan / The number:
"I should have left the #34 out of it (the tweet). Although I am fairly confident based on my multiple sources that he (Whitt) is going to Front Row, not all of those sources have been so sure it is the #34 car. Regardless if time tells us any of this is true or not, I feel like I owe David Ragan an apology. He is a Cup winner and seemingly great guy. I sincerely regret him being pulled into this."(NBC Sports)(11-28-2014)
The Pete store returns to sponsor Ragan: The Pete Store, the largest privately owned Peterbilt dealer by sales in the country, returns to Front Row Motorsports as primary sponsor of the #34 Ford of David Ragan. Ragan commented: "Homestead-Miami Speedway has really turned into one of the best tracks on the circuit. It's aged well, and the different levels of banking just give you a lot of options. You can run right up by the wall, but on restarts you can really make up some ground on the bottom. In the last race of the year, you want to run as well as you can and put an exclamation point on the season. We'll have The Pete Store on our #34 for this race and we want to have a good run for them, too. It's a terrible feeling leaving Homestead with an engine issue or a DNF. So, everybody puts a lot of effort into Homestead. It's a fun racetrack, but it's going to be a tough 400 miles. I'm going to enjoy racing hard, but I also want to keep my eye on the four guys racing for the championship. That will be fun to watch as well. Miami is a great place to finish the year. The weather's great, we get to enjoy some good seafood and good entertainment. And the plane ride home from Homestead is the best plane ride of the year. You know you're going home and you've got a couple of weeks off."(FRM), see an image of the scheme on the #34 Team Schemes page.(11-14-2014)
Ragan expects to return to Front Row: Richard Petty Motorsports recently signed Sam Hornish Jr. to drive the team's #9 car next season but there was a lot of talk during the weeks leading up to the announcement that David Ragan was the favorite to replace the departing Marcos Ambrose. Ragan says that wasn't the case and despite his sincere desire to join RPM' they never had anything more than preliminary conversations. "I had my contract coming up at the end of the year and we haven't talked a whole lot about the 2015 season'" Ragan told Popular Speed on Wednesday. "My goal was to get myself in a real good competitive situation and I didn't have a contract and I showed them some interest' but that's it." Ragan added that Richard Petty and his co-owners had a game-plan for what they wanted to do with the #9 moving forward and those plans simply didn't include him. With his casual interest in Petty aside' Ragan expressed pride and satisfaction in his relationship with Front Row Motorsports and believes that they will come to an agreement prior to the start of the 2015 season. The team owners' including Bob Jenkins' are working to finalize their sponsorship agreements first and the driver lineup will come next. "I haven't finalized anything with the team yet but we're working on it'" Ragan said. "We've got to get the sponsors lined up. The owners have to get their budgets sorted and the drivers are usually the last things to come together. Hopefully' over the next few weeks' we'll get that sorted. I would definitely love to be back."(Popular Speed)(10-16-2014)
Ragan's Ford to feature kids' signatures: CSX returns as primary sponsor of the #34 Ford with its safety message to "Play It Safe" around railroad tracks David Ragan, driver of the #34 CSX "Play It Safe" Ford, comments "We've got our friends at CSX back on the car for Charlotte, which is cool to host them at our home track. We're going to visit Harmony Elementary School on Thursday morning to talk to kids about safety and have them sign the hood of our CSX Ford to promise to keep away from railroad tracks."(FRM)(10-8-2014)
Crew chief changes at Front Row Motorsports: Front Row Motorsports has made some crew chief changes, effective this week for the Bank of AMerica 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Competition Director Derrick Finley will serve as interim crew chief on the #34 team of David Ragan, and crew chief Jay Guy will move to the #38 team of David Gilliland. Former #38 crew chief Frank Kerr is no longer with the organization. Front Row Motorsports is actively looking for a full-time replacement for a crew chief on the #34 team to allow Finley to return to his role of competition director full-time.(FRM PR)(10-7-2014)
Plimpton & Hills Joins Front Row Motorsports: Plimpton & Hills makes its first appearance on the #34 Ford of David Ragan as primary sponsor at Dover. Ragan comments: "We'll have a new sponsor with us at Dover, which is pretty cool. Plimpton & Hills is a family-owned company that's been around for over a hundred years, selling plumbing and heating and cooling products. And they have a partnership with State Water Heaters, which Front Row Motorsports has worked with, so you could sort of call us all 'extended family.' We're happy to have them at the track and on our #34 Ford."(FRM), see an image of the scheme on the #34 Team Schemes page.(9-24-2014)
NASCAR, Front Row to honor Wendell Scott at Martinsville: NASCAR, Front Row Motorsports, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Martinsville Speedway announced they will honor 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR premier series event, with a series of tributes during the Martinsville race weekend from Oct. 24-26. Front Row Motorsports will pay homage to Scott, also the first African-American driver to race full-time in NASCAR's premier series, with a full throwback paint scheme on its #34 Ford driven by David Ragan, reminiscent of the blue #34 that he drove to Victory Lane for his first NASCAR premier series victory at Jacksonville Speedway on Dec. 1, 1963. Ragan is one of just three drivers to win in the #34, and the first since Scott. In addition, Kyle Busch Motorsports will change the number of Darrell Wallace Jr.'s truck from 54 to 34 in honor of Scott. A NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate, Wallace became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race since Scott's historic 1963 triumph when he captured the checkered flag in last season's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville. Adding to the celebration, Martinsville Speedway and the NHOF will host members of the Scott family during the race weekend and offer special Q&A opportunities for fans on-site.
NASCAR currently awards scholarships in Scott's name through the United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. The Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award is awarded to a diverse or female driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series who has demonstrated significant contributions on and off the track. In addition, NASCAR has designated the first race weekend in March as a time to remember Wendell Scott's legacy during a week that marks his first career start. Cars in all series run a decal in honor of his accomplishments within the sport. (NASCAR), see an image of the car on the #34 team paint schemes page.(9-17-2014)
Farm Rich returns to the #34 at AMS: Farm Rich returns as primary sponsor of the #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford of David Ragan at Atlanta. Georgia Peanut Commission will be an associate sponsor. David Ragan comments: "Atlanta is always a busy week for us. I enjoy going back home and seeing the family. And Farm Rich is going to be back on the car, in their and my home state of Georgia, and they're really activating their sponsorship with local Kroger stores. Farm Rich is a great story as a new partner coming into the sport. They have a business relationship with our owner, Bob Jenkins, and his freight trucking company [MDS], and their first race was at Talladega last year when we won. That was obviously a great entry into the sport and not something you see every week. But as a well-known name that you see in your grocer's freezer every week, it's fun to have them as a partner. And it's great to see when fans of the sport buy those products to support the team and support the sponsor. I know I've got some great stuff in my freezer thanks to Farm Rich."(FRM)(8-27-2014)
Farm Rich to sponsor Ragan at Atlanta: Farm Rich will go NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing once again, returning to David Ragan's No. 34 Ford in the company's and the driver's home state. The frozen snacks and appetizers brand will be the primary sponsor of David Ragan's Ford Fusion at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Aug. 31 for the Atlanta 500. Kroger is teaming up with Farm Rich for the Atlanta race week, hosting Ragan for autograph appearances and other in-store promotions in the Atlanta area in the weeks leading up to the race. The Kroger logo will appear on the #34's rear quarter panel. Farm Rich is also partnering with Atlanta Motor Speedway for the "Ultimate Fan Giveaway," which will give one lucky fan a four-pack set of VIP tickets to "Club One" at the speedway for the Sunday night race on Labor Day weekend.(Front Row Motorsports)(7-31-2014)
Ragan will promote National Root Beer Float Day: You might not recognize National Root Beer Float Day as a patriotic holiday, but A&W All American Food and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan are teaming up to make sure it is. A&W is giving out free Root Beer Floats on Aug. 6, National Root Beer Float Day, and encouraging customers to make a donation to help American veterans in return. The campaign, which benefits Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), will be promoted on Ragan's #34 Ford for the upcoming Pocono Raceway weekend. The simple message: Visit any participating A&W restaurant on Aug. 6 between 2:00pm and closing time and receive one small Root Beer Float free of charge upon request. In return, guests will be encouraged to make a donation to WWP. Donors will be able to give directly at participating restaurants or online at www.rootbeerfloatday.com. WWP serves 50,000 injured veterans and nearly 7,000 family members through its unique 20 programs and services. During the 2013 celebration of National Root Beer Float Day, A&W Restaurants donated more than $100,000 to WWP and hopes to increase this level of giving this year and in years to come.(Front Row Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #34 team paint scheme page.(7-30-2014)
Ragan to Promote Long John Silver's 'Free Fish & Fries' at Sonoma: David Ragan's #34 Ford will carry a special message to fans throughout the Sonoma Raceway race weekend: Mark your calendars for June 28 for Free Fish & Fries from Long John Silver's. The world's largest quick service seafood brand will give away its crispy, golden Fish & Fries, completely free of charge, to every guest who visits a Long John Silver's at participating locations for dine-in or carryout on June 28 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. "Long John Silver's wants to celebrate our loyal customers who have made us America's favorite seafood brand for the past 45 years, and that certainly includes a lot of NASCAR fans," said Mike Kern, Chief Executive Officer for Long John Silver's. "There is no better way to say 'Thank you' to America than by offering everyone the delicious, classic fish and fries that first made us famous." A special paint scheme on Ragan's #34 Ford will promote the Free Fish & Fries offer throughout the Toyota Save Mart 350 race weekend at the twisting and sloping road course in Sonoma, CA.(FRM), see an image of the scheme on the #34 Team Schemes page.(6-19-2014)
Congrats - David Ragan: David Ragan, driver of the #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford, announced on his Facebook page: God blessed us today with a healthy little girl. (Perfect timing too) Mom and Julia are doing good!(6-12-2014)
Bliss practices the #34: Mike Bliss practiced the #34 Taco Bell Ford at Pocono during the first practice for regular driver David Ragan. Ragan's wife is expecting their first baby.(FS1 practice coverage). Mike Bliss is backup driver for Ragan this weekend. Got a little seat time on track this morning. As for Happy Hour, David Ragan ran the whole session (Front Row Motorsports Twitter)(6-7-2014)
Hill on standby for Ragan at Dover: Timmy Hill is on standby for #34-David Ragan today at Dover International Speedway. Ragan's wife Jacquelyn is expecting the couple's first child at any time. (6-1-2014)
Ragan to sport new sponsor at Talladega: KFC's patented Go Cup is designed for maximum portability, fitting in the cup holders of more than 80% of cars on the road today. On Sunday, the Go Cup will take portability to an extreme level when it goes "along for the ride" as defending NASCAR Aaron's 499 champion David Ragan takes to the track. "It's great to have KFC backing the team for the Talladega race," Ragan said. "We're excited about again contending for a Talladega win, this time in the KFC Go Cup Ford Fusion. The Go Cup is specifically designed for on-the-go consumers, and guys who race cars for a living definitely fit into that category." Besides leading a NASCAR team respected for its growth and accomplishments in its short history, Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins is also a KFC franchisee, operating restaurants in Kentucky, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.(Front Row Motorsports), see an images of the scheme, go to the #34 Team Schemes page.(4-30-2014)
Ragan and CSX Go Green at Darlington: David Ragan, driver of the #34 CSX "Play It Safe" Ford, comments on CSX's "green" efforts and racing at Darlington Raceway: "We're happy to have CSX back on our Ford Fusion at Darlington this week. They're embracing the NASCAR Green program. We're going to be out and about on Friday morning handing out recycle bags and and encouraging fans to take part in green initiatives in their communities. CSX already had an environmental program in place where they pledged to plant one tree for every mile of railroad track they had, and they actually surpassed their goal, which is impressive. Now we're encouraging our fans to follow their lead and plant some trees, too, by donating dollars to plant trees at NASCAR.com/Green. I think Darlington is one of the tougher racetracks for sure. Five hundred miles at Darlington, for me, seems like forever. Your Bristol races are long, your Martinsville races are long, the Coke 600 is a long race, but for me Darlington is the longest night of the year. You are on the verge of wrecking your car every lap it seems like. And it's warm and humid down in South Carolina. So, moving the race up a couple weeks like they did this year might help make it a little cooler for the fans and for the drivers. But mentally it's still going to be tough. But, it's a great racetrack with a lot of history and we look forward to it every year."(Front Row Motorsports), see images of the scheme on the #34 Team Schemes page.(4-12-2014)
Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kenseth, Ragan running in Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown: NASCAR stars #18-Kyle Busch and #20-Matt Kenseth are joining host Denny Hamlin as headliners for the celebrity-laden Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown scheduled for South Boston Speedway on April 24. The three teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing have a combined 82 NASCAR Sprint Cup series wins among them. Defending champion Busch is the only three-time winner of the Short Track Showdown. Fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Ragan also confirmed his participation in the charity event. Like Hamlin, another group of drivers is returning to South Boston Speedway, the track referred to as SoBo that served as a major springboard for their entry into NASCAR. Elliott Sadler, Hermie Sadler, Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton and Drew Herring are scheduled to race the 200-lap Short Track Showdown along with many of the top Late Model racers in the region. Elliott Sadler, Peters and Herring each won track championships at South Boston. Scheduled as a weekday prelude for the weekend NASCAR races at Richmond International Speedway, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown raises awareness and funding for the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports and funds Cystic Fibrosis research and new therapies in the region. Advance tickets to the Short Track Showdown are available by calling the track ticket hotline at 1-877-440-1540. General admission is $20 Advance/$25 Race Day for Adult; $10 Advance/$15 Race Day for Youth (ages 12-17); and Free for Children ages 11 and under (with an Adult ticket purchase). Season passes are not honored for this special event.(Denny Hamlin Foundation)(3-13-2014)
New look, special guest for #34 team: Dockside Logistics returns for 2014 this weekend at Bristol on the #34 Ford with a new black and red paint scheme. Driver David Ragan says, "We'll have some celebrity help bringing us some luck this week. For those who watch 'Shipping Wars' on A&E, we've got Jennifer Brennan joining us for the race on Sunday. She's a big race fan and she's super excited to come to one of the coolest tracks on the schedule."(Front Row Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #34 team paint schemes page.(3-12-2014)
Wiley X Sponsoring 14 NASCAR Drivers: Wiley X, Inc. has announced its team of sponsored NASCAR drivers. Among the Wiley X Pro Racing Team this year are proven champions, racing legends, perennial fan favorites and up-and-coming stars. Among Wiley X's stable of sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are #20-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards, #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano and #16-Greg Biffle. These drivers have been selected not only for their racing skills, but for their ability to serve as ambassadors for the Wiley X sunglasses brand. Wiley X will also be sponsoring drivers Aric Almirola, Ron Hornaday Jr., Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, David Ragan, Joey Coulter and Chad Hackenbracht. Fifteen-year-old racing protégé Gray Gaulding, who signed with Wiley X last year, is also an important part of the team. Wiley X is also the official sunglass of Roush Fenway Racing.(NSSN)(2-12-2014)
CSX Returns to Ragan's #34 for four races: After a successful season promoting rail safety with David Ragan in 2013, CSX will again partner with the race-winning driver and Front Row Motorsports' #34 team for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season. The partnership will include primary sponsorship of Ragan's Ford Fusion for four races -- at Daytona International Speedway in February, Darlington Raceway in April, Michigan International Speedway in August and Richmond International Raceway in September. CSX will also be a major associate on the #34 at Pocono Raceway in August and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. The familiar "I Brake for Trains" bumper sticker will once again be on the back of Ragan's car for all 36 races of the Sprint Cup schedule. The transportation company utilized its sponsorship of Front Row last year to successfully communicate the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks to its target demographic of males age 18 to 34.(Front Row Motorsports)(1-24-2014)
Farm Rich returning to sponsor Ragan: Farm Rich, the primary partner that adorned the #34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports' first trip to Victory Lane, will return to the team for a second straight season. The frozen snacks and appetizers brand will be the primary sponsor of David Ragan's Ford Fusion at Phoenix International Raceway in March. In its first-ever foray into NASCAR last May, Farm Rich enjoyed being thrust into the spotlight as Ragan earned Front Row's first team victory in a dramatic, come-from-behind win in the Farm Rich Ford at Talladega Superspeedway. The company later returned as the primary sponsor for a second race with Ragan at Richmond International Raceway in September. A leading brand of Rich Products Corporation, Farm Rich is based in St. Simons Island, Ga., and features a successful portfolio of products sold at grocery and club stores nationwide. The Farm Rich logo will appear on Ragan's uniform throughout the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.(Front Row Motorsports)(1-23-2014)
David Ragan set to join the ranks of NASCAR dads: #34-David Ragan will soon join the growing list of Sprint Cup Series drivers who have joined the ranks of fatherhood. Ragan told FOXSports.com on Tuesday that he and wife Jacquelyn are expecting their first child next summer. The couple, who celebrated their one-year anniversary on Dec. 15, only recently began notifying family members and friends that they are set to become parents. "We're excited about that and we're looking forward to it," David Ragan said. "I'm sure it's going to open a whole other chapter of our lives and we'll see things from a totally different perspective all over again."(FoxSports)(12-19-2013)
Ragan, Gilliland returning to Front Row: Front Row Motorsports will build off another season of significant growth and new team records in 2013 - one that included the team's first win - with the return of drivers #34-David Ragan and #38-David Gilliland in 2014. "This has been a milestone year for us, and we're extremely happy that two of the guys who helped get us here will be back next year," said team owner Bob Jenkins. "We're improving our race program, attracting more sponsors and setting and achieving higher and higher goals each year. Having David and David, our one-two punch, back in those cars next year is central to continuing our growth and improvement." The 2014 season will be Front Row Motorsports' fifth year teaming with Gilliland and its third with Ragan. The 27-year-old Ragan will return to the cockpit of the #34 entry and the 37-year-old Gilliland will once again pilot the #38. In addition to achieving new heights on track, Front Row Motorsports is also enjoying a successful season of new sponsorship partners working with the team in 2013 - relationships that are not only expected to return in 2014 but expand. The team is currently working with partner organizations to finalize those programs for next season and looks forward to announcing them in the coming weeks.(Front Row Motorsports)(10-16-2013)
Front Row Motorsports Earns First Win in 1-2 Ragan-Gilliland Finish: Front Row Motorsports earned its first NASCAR victory Sunday night at Talladega Superspeedway when #38-David Gilliland pushed teammate #34-David Ragan to the checkers in a dramatic last-lap surge to cap off a wild and rain-interrupted race. Ragan earned Bob Jenkins' young team its first Sprint Cup Series win and Gilliland finished second for the best - and most dramatic - finish in team history. The ending came in the form of a green-white-checkered finish, in which Ragan and Gilliland restarted in 10th and 11th respectively. In two laps, the pair freight-trained through the traffic in their Roush Yates-powered Ford Fusions to emerge at the front of the pack - seemingly out of nowhere and to the surprise and delight of the rain-soaked crowd.
The win is the second Sprint Cup victory for Ragan, and the runner-up finish ties Gilliland's best career result. The milestone event put partners Farm Rich (#34) and Love's Travel Stops (#38) in the spotlight in their first season working with Front Row Motorsports.
"This is a true David vs. Goliath moment here," Ragan said. "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." For Jenkins, whose passion for racing led him to purchase a small NASCAR team in 2004, the Victory Lane champagne was long, and patiently, awaited.
"I've got guys at the shop that have the heart to win races," Jenkins said. "We just haven't always had the resources. So the challenge for me is, as we build cars, to make them better every week and to put ourselves in a position to win a race and that's really what happened (Sunday). It's just so satisfying to see that over the last nine years, we've gotten a little bit better every single year, and I felt the progress and I knew it was just a matter of time before we'd win one of these things."
"My crew chief, Frank Kerr, said, 'You've got to have the restart of your life,' and we had a good one," remarked Gilliland. "It's a huge day obviously for any team to get first and second, but for Front Row Motorsports and our little team, and what we do it with, we're really proud of that." Gilliland owned the team's previous best finish, a third-place showing in the 2011 Daytona 500. #35-Josh Wise earned a commendable finish Sunday in his first full Sprint Cup race at Talladega, bringing home a top-20 finish after crossing the line 19th.(Front Row Motorsports)(5-6-2013)
Ragan wins at Talladega: #34-David Ragan won the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 1st win of 2013 and 2nd career win. On the green-white-checkered finish that was caused by a 2nd 'big one', #20-Kenseth led on the restart, #99-Edwards took the lead on the white flag lap and #34-Ragan and teammate pushed thru and Ragan took the lead and won the race. The race was rained delayed for a few hours on lap 125 with #99-Edwards leading but NASCAR got the track dried and was able to finish the race.
#38-Gilliland finished 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #55-Waltrip (in his 2nd race of the year), #48-Johnson, #51-Smith, #20-Kenseth (led the most laps at 142), #56-Truex Jr., #95-Speed and #43-Almirola.
#21-Bayne brought out the first caution on lap 22 when the engine let go. During that caution, #11-Hamlin pitted and the team made the driver change, putting Vickers in the car for the injured Denny Hamlin. Vickers finished 34th after being involved in the lap 42 crash, with 10 points going to Hamlin, as the driver who starts the race, gets the points.
There was 'a big one', a wreck that involved 14 cars on lap 42 when #18-Busch got into the right rear of the #5-Kahne car, sending the #5 into the wall, the #5 came down and collected the #18, involving #1-McMurray, #9-Ambrose, #11-Vickers, #13-Mears, #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #30-Stremme, #31-Burton, #78-Busch and #83-Reutimann.
The red flag came out on lap 125 when the rains came. The track was close to dry when a storm with hail and wind came. The track was dried a 2nd time and restarted the race around 7:00pm/et.
There was a 2nd 'big one' on lap 182 when #17-Stenhouse Jr. tried to squeeze by #36-Yeley on the outside, clipping the #36 which got sideways and slid into the pack. #78-Busch flipped over and landed on the top of the #39-Newman car and slid off. Other cars collected included #1-McMurray, #30-Stremme, #32-Labonte, #47-Labonte and #10-Patrick.
After the 2nd 'big one', NASCAR only allowed one green-white-checkered attempt due to impending darkness.
There were 30 lead changes among 17 drivers and 5 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps and a lengthy red flag for rain.
The average speed was 148.729mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Talladega Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Talladega Penalty Report (pdf)
And see the Official Talladega Race and Points Report.
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Happy Hour Practice:
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Born in DECEMBER:
20 Erin Marco, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt, Kinsley Parsons
21 Michael McDowell, Travis Kittleson
22 David Pearson
23 Greg Biffle, Peter Sospenzo, Ray Dunlap, Chris Cook, Addison Frye
24 Fr. Steven Janoski, David Ragan, Krista Marie Allison, Mike Gooch
25 Jesus Christ, Charles Comstock, Randy Earnhardt, Jimmy Buffett, Starr Elliott, Butch Lamoreux, Curtis W. Key, Noel Schafer
26 Blair Makenzie Nemechek, Josh Mick
27 Mike Laughlin, Don Radebaugh
28 Nelson Stacy, Brittany Wallace, Joyce Kearns
29 Waddell Wilson, Boston Reid, Mike Bagley, Owen Kearns Jr., Jessica Stroupe
30 Fred Lorenzen, Donnie Mergard, Ryan Hemphill, Kole Kahne, Cooper Berrier
31 Beth Simons-Dykes, Dorthy Schrader, Riley Craven, Ryan Blaney, Joe Hicks, Benny Ertel
Born in JANUARY
1 The New Year, Godwin Kelly, Scott Riggs, Dan Elliott
2 Robby Gordon, John Linville, Jimmy Lacroix, Karen Hensley, Robert Holt, Danny Baptista
3 Tony Eury Jr., Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin, Joe Littlejohn, Michael Schumacher
4 Trent Owens
5 Dexter Bean, Dennis Connor
6 B.A. Wilson, Malcolm Young
7 Marty Houston, Cindy Page
8 Bobby Hamilton Jr
9 Mark Martin, Stephen Leicht, Briggs Pemberton, Bob Rahilly, Stephen Hawkins, Jim Rosenblum
10 Harry Gant, Larry McReynolds, Dennis Lacroix, John Mulloy, Rodger Ward
11 Brett Bodine, Jeff Hood, Shane Wallace
12 Lloyd Ruby, Brian Scott, Walter Ballard, Jacob Dallenbach, George Bignotti, Catlin Marie Waltrip, Randy Goss, Brian Taylor
13 Ernie Irvan, Kirk Hanson, Ron Denton, Earl Balmer
14 Mack Shirley
15 Scotty Hazlett, Chris Ostrander, Tim Andrews
16 A.J. Foyt, Dick Rathman, Bill Pappas, Harold Elliott, John Ambrose, Jeremy Clements
17 Lake Speed, Harry Hyde, Michael McSwain, Gabe Martin
18 Bill Davis, Christian Fittipaldi
20 Fireball Roberts, Ryan Pepe
21 Ernie Saxton, Roman Pemberton, John Willenborg, Robert Hughes
22 Ashton Lewis Jr., Sean Pragano, Rebecca Shepperd, Emma Blaney, Josh Pate
23 Bill Patterson, Emanuel Zervakis, Daryl Rasnake, Boris Said Jr., Matt Eversole
24 Greg Wallace, Scott Speed, Bob Schacht, Mike Harmon, Austin Cameron
25 Buddy Baker, Mike Broadwater, Harry Ranier, Chuck Hill
26 Scott Wimmer, Paul Newman, Troy Welty
27 Lake Speed, Jr., Jerry Robertson, Mike "Bubba" Hart, Gary Bradberry
28 Phillipe Lopez, Jimmy Cox, David Green, Randy Renfrow, Mark DeMarco, Kenneth Lankford, Timothy Morgan, Chase Miller
29 John Witske, Tommy Houston, Frank Mathalia
30 Wendy Venturini, Sean Caisse, Andy Eversole
31 Kevin Patrick Dowd, Shana Mayfield, Rick Wilson, Scott Lagasse Jr., Rex Hathcock, Tony Mullett, Jerick Johnson