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Front Row Motorsports Announces Plans for 2013 Season

December 13th, 2012 at 5:09 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

Front Row Motorsports is coming off their best season as an organization with two teams running all the races for the first time in their organization's history. Today Front Row Motorsports announced that that success will be rewarded as the team has re-signed all three drivers that the team had in the 2012 season. 

David Ragan, who drove the #34 Ford for the organization, will be back with crew chief Jay Guy in the #34 Ford. Ragan had two top five finishes in 2012 and finished 27th in the point standings in the 2012 season. Ragan is excited about the new Ford Fusion the team will run in the 2013 season. 

"There's always a learning curve whenever something new is thrown into the mix, whether it's a new driver, new crew chief, new car or new team members," Ragan said. "We have a new Ford Fusion for 2013, which I'm really excited about, so it will be really important and really helpful that all the other variables aren't changing. My crew chief, Jay Guy, and I built a great working relationship last year and that will help us be better this coming year."

'David Ragan & David Gilliland' photo (c) 2008, Valli Hilaire - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Ragan will join teammate David Gilliland, who will start his fourth season at Front Row Motorsports in 2013, driving the #38 Ford. Derek Finley will return at crew chief of the #38 Ford. Gilliland is excited for the upcoming season. 

"I'm excited to start my fourth year with Front Row Motorsports," Gilliland said. "We've gotten better each and every season and I'm eager to get the season going with Derrick (Finley) again. Bob Jenkins has put a lot into this team since he started with a part-time team back in '05. He's growing it the way he should and the results are showing."

Josh Wise will return with the team as well in the #26 Ford. The team also announced they plan on having more on track exposure for the #26 Ford and Wise. No word on who will be the crew chief on the #26 car. 

Team owner Bob Jenkins talked about the team's potential for the 2013 season. 

"You often see a lot of young teams going through a lot of changes trying to make it in the Sprint Cup Series," Jenkins said. "We've been fortunate that we've had a lot of stable partners, people who believe in our approach and are seeing year-to-year improvements as a result of that approach.David Gilliland has been a rock for us for three years and David Ragan brought race-winning experience to us last year and returns for 2013. That stability is huge for a young, developing team, and I know we'll continue to improve and have even better results this upcoming season."

The team will hit the track for the first time in 2013 on January 10th for preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the 2013 Daytona 500. 

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