The Frontstretch: Gilliland, Ragan Re-Sign With Front Row Motorsports For 2014 by Thomas Bowles -- Thursday October 17, 2013

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Gilliland, Ragan Re-Sign With Front Row Motorsports For 2014

Thomas Bowles · Thursday October 17, 2013

 

One of the sport’s David vs. Goliath-type programs is keeping its two Davids intact for 2014. Drivers David Ragan and David Gilliland reupped with the organization in 2014, continuing their association with the No. 34 and No. 38 Fords, respectively. Ragan, this Spring’s Talladega winner will begin his third season with the program while Gilliland, the seasoned veteran of the organization will return for his fifth.

“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.”

In addition to FRM’s first win, that ‘Dega triumph in April they’re enjoying their best average finish on the Cup level. Ragan’s number of 26.3, for top-tier Cup organizations would be considered disappointing; however, for an underdog like this one it’s slow, steady progress. Gilliland, with an average result of 27.0 has also had a strong year, tying his best Cup finish of second at Talladega while posting five top-20 finishes.

“This is definitely not the same team I came to five years ago,” said Gilliland. “We’ve made big strides across the board, and I’m proud to have been a part of that progress. Now that we have almost a full year working with this Generation-6 car under our belt, I think the potential for next year is even greater for us.”

The team employs a third driver, Josh Wise, who drives the No. 35 Ford in every race but has start-and-parked in 11 of his 30 starts, including six of the last seven. Funding issues have crept into play, making his 2014 status unclear although the team is expected to run all three cars the distance this weekend.

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