Front Row Motorsports trying for a repeat

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David Ragan turns laps at Phoenix International Raceway. Ragan and teammate David Gilliland set their expectations high for Sunday's race.

By Dominic Aragon Reporter
May 2, 2014


Front Row Motorsports enters this weekend's race at Talladega SuperSpeedway as the defending winner of last year's Aaron's 499.

David Ragan, last year's upset victor, was pushed by teammate David Gilliland on the final lap, to take home not only the victory, but the second place finish for the organization.

FRM's restrictor plate program, arguably their strongest, may help them produce strong finishes on Sunday. Slow starts for both Gilliland and Ragan mire the drivers to 30th and 31st in points respectively.

In four Talladega starts with Front Row Motorsports, Ragan has posted top-10 finishes every time, including his win last year.

Ragan expressed gratitude towards KFC for sponsoring his efforts this weekend.

“We’re excited about again contending for a Talladega win, this time in the KFC Go Cup Ford Fusion,” Ragan said.

Gilliland, who tied his best career finish in last year’s Aaron’s 499, is confident in his team’s chances of contending for the win.

“I have a lot of confidence going back to Talladega,” Gilliland said. “Obviously, it was a big race for us last year for sure.”

Gilliland also mentioned that he hopes his car this weekend will be as fast as his car from the Daytona 500.

“With the speed we had in Daytona, if we can duplicate that same speed in Talladega in comparison to the field, it’s going to be wide open for us,” Gilliland said.  “The opportunity is definitely going to be there to be in Victory Lane.”

Front Row Motorsports will also field their third car this weekend for Nationwide Series veteran Eric McClure. McClure, 35, will pilot the 35 Hefty Ford, which has been driven by David Reutimann in a select number of races thus far in 2014.

McClure had attempted to qualify for the Daytona 500 in the No. 35 car earlier this year, but did not make the field. If he makes Sunday’s race, it will be his fourth start in the Sprint Cup Series, and first since 2006.

“I am very appreciative of the opportunity [owner] Bob [Jenkins] and Front Row Motorsports have given me to drive the No. 35 car at Talladega,” McClure said. “After having a fast car at Daytona, the disappointment of missing that race still lingers a bit for me.”