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#38 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Team News and Links

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Front Row Motorsports
David Ragan
Roush & Yates Engines Parts
Breaking Limits(PR)
Shriners Hospitals for Children (Ragan)

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Camping World / Good Sam (9 races)
Jacob Companies (6 races)
Juice Battery (3 races)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Front Row Motorsports - Twitter
Front Row Motorsports - Facebook
David Ragan - Twitter
David Ragan - Facebook

STATISTICS
David Ragan - ESPN
David Ragan - RacingReference.info

MORE INFO
2017 #38 Paint Schemes
2016 #38 Paint Schemes
2016 #23 Paint Scheme (Ragan)
2015 #38 Paint Schemes
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact

Races that Juice Battery (3) is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Las Vegas - 3/12
Bristol - 8/19
Talladega - 10/15

Races that Camping World/Good Sam (9) is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Daytona - 2/26
Atlanta - 3/5
Rest TBA

Contract Status: Driver: 2017; Primary Sponsors: 201?


#38 Team / Driver News

Front Row Motorsports undecided on use of third charter: Front Row Motorsports is still "weighing that out" when it comes to potentially expanding to a third car next season. "Obviously, expanding to another team is a big undertaking, not just in dollars but space, people, all of that," Freeze told RACER. "We're certainly not - I think - planning on it right now, today. It's in the back of my mind, for sure."[More](4-1-2017)

Juice Battery joins Ragan for three races: Front Row Motorsports has another new partner on David Ragan's #38 Ford for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. JUICE Battery, a new consumer household battery brand, will be a primary partner for three races with Ragan's team, beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. JUICE, a Florida-based consumer battery technology company, is making its NASCAR national series debut with Front Row Motorsports to coincide with a March launch of its new game-changing batteries. Ragan and the No. 38 team will promote the company's new batteries at two additional races - at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and Talladega Superspeedway in October.[More](3-10-2017)

More sponsorship on the horizon for Front Row? David Ragan had only been gone from Front Row Motorsports for about two years, but when he returned in the offseason, he found a much different - and better - organization. "Absolutely. Yes, this is a very different Front Row team than I was a part of in 2012, 2013 and 2014. They have a great engineering relationship with Roush Fenway Racing. "[More](2-25-2017)

Camping World and Jacob Companies join #38 FRM team: Front Row Motorsports' partnership base continues to grow with two additional companies joining the team for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Camping World will be the primary sponsor of David Ragan's #38 Ford for nine races, including the season-opening Daytona 500. Jacob Companies, a design and construction firm, will be a primary partner for six races on the #38 Ford. Camping World, a national retailer of RVs, RV accessories and RV-related services, as well as the title sponsor of NASCAR's Truck Series, is partnering with Front Row Motorsports for the first time.
"We've had a lot of success with our NASCAR marketing program, and we're excited about getting more involved with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series," said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam and star of CNBC's The Profit. "David Ragan is a great driver and a wonderful spokesman for his partners. He's got a couple superspeedway wins already, so we know we could see our Camping World Ford in Victory Lane next Sunday for everyone's enjoyment."
Jacob Companies also joins the team with an existing motorsports background, having sponsored events and teams in various racing series in recent years. The full-service general contractor offers design, development, construction, technology and management services, specializing in high-rise structures, universities, hotels, automotive dealerships, athletic facilities and parking structures. The 2017 season will mark the company's first partnership with Front Row Motorsports. The Jacob Companies scheme will be on the #38 Ford for six races, including the March 19 race at Phoenix.
"Front Row Motorsports offers a great marketing platform for businesses like Jacob Companies," said the company's president, Don Perry. "We respect how Bob Jenkins runs his team and how it has grown in success over the years. We also know David Ragan is a great ambassador for his partners and we look forward to having him represent us both on and off the track."
Front Row Motorsports has multiple races for which it still seeks partners.(Front Row Motorsports), see images of the schemes on the #38 Team Schemes page (2-18-2017)

Front Row buys charter from BK Racing, leases it to TriStar: Front Row Motorsports completed the purchase of a Charter Member Agreement from BK Racing to give the team three guaranteed entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. NASCAR transferred ownership of the charter, which was used by BK Racing's #83 team in 2016, on December 6. Front Row Motorsports will lease the newly acquired charter to TriStar Motorsports for the 2017 season as FRM prepares to expand to three chartered cars in 2018. The Bob Jenkins-owned team currently fields two entries with NASCAR charters, the #34 driven by Landon Cassill and the #38 of David Ragan. The organization has steadily grown since its full-time entry into the series in 2009, earning its second win and first playoff berth in 2016. The team will focus on building on those accomplishments with its two existing cars in 2017 as it prepares its infrastructure for expansion in 2018.(Front Row Motorsports)(2-3-2017)

Cassill returning to Front Row Motorsports; Ragan rejoining team: Front Row Motorsports will have two familiar faces behind the wheels of its racecars in 2017. Landon Cassill will return to the team and drive the #34 Ford after an impressive first season with the team in 2016. David Ragan, who drove for the Statesville-based organization from 2012 to 2015 and earned its first win, will rejoin the team to drive the #38 Ford. The team will continue its technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing and its engine program with Roush Yates Engines.
The 27-year-old Cassill earned seven top-20 finishes in his first season with Front Row. One of the series' steadiest and most reliable competitors, he completed 98 percent of the laps run and was the only premier series driver in 2016 to finish the season with just a single DNF (Did Not Finish). The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native will enter his eighth year competing in NASCAR's premier series.
Ragan is a 10-year veteran of the series who made history for Front Row Motorsports in 2013 when he charged through the front of the field on the final lap to win at Talladega Superspeedway, sending owner Bob Jenkins and his team to Victory Lane for the first time. The 30-year-old Unadilla, Ga., native owns two premier series wins, 15 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes, and two poles.
The team's 2017 partnerships will be announced soon.(Front Row Motorsports)(12-16-2016)

Ragan will not return to BK Racing: BK Racing and driver #23-David Ragan have parted ways. The news comes one day after team owner Ron Devine announced Matt DiBenedetto would no longer continue with the organization. "BK Racing is in the process of trying to restructure the company," Devine told Motorsport.com. "Our finishes of 33rd and 35th in the standings, did not achieve our goals. We had a one-year agreement with David Ragan that has since expired and we have elected not to renew his contract." Devine expects to maintain two teams in 2017 with a variety of drivers to be named.(Motorsport)(12-9-2016)

Newmark discusses Roush Fenway's plans: The decline in performance at Roush Fenway Racing is best expressed in one stark statistic. In 2005, half the Chase field consisted of Roush Fenway drivers -- when there were only 10 drivers in the Chase. In 2016, there were no RFR entries in a 16-driver Chase field. How does that happen? RFR has been asking itself the same question while attempting to right the ship. Once the dominant organization in the Ford camp, Roush will drop to third in the pecking order upon the arrival of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017.
RFR President Steve Newmark called the downsizing at RFR a strategic move - albeit an extremely tough decision. The company considered more than a dozen options before arriving at its current organizational chart. "The whole goal and the whole objective of doing whatever we did is to make sure we would improve our performance and make our race cars faster," Newmark told Motorsport.com. "Obviously, there are different opinions on how you do that and ultimately what we decided is we need to be more of an engineering, laser-focussed company. We've always been good at production and manufacturing. I think sometimes you fall back on what you're comfortable with.
Over the last two weeks, close to 30 Roush employees have been displaced - some in house, some such as veteran crew chief Bob Osborne who had been overseeing Chris Buescher's campaign at Front Row Motorsports. Together, the pair made the Chase. Buescher, Roush's most talented prospect in its driver stable, is now on loan to JTG Daugherty Racing (along with a RFR charter) for 2017.
Roush Fenway Racing will continue its technical alliance with Bob Jenkins and Front Row Motorsports. Newmark says the multi-year deal with FRM is one of the best collaborations Roush has had over the years. Although it's unlikely that one of the RFR prospects will replace Buescher in the #34 Ford. "They have some great folks there and we''ll continue to work with them next year," Newmark said. "We have dialogue with Bob quite a bit, but I don't think that (driver development) will be part of the relationship next year." That's not to say that Ryan Reed or Darrell "Bubba" Wallace couldn't see seat time in a Cup car in 2017. However, Newmark says the company's immediate focus remains on getting Bayne and Stenhouse up to speed.(Motorsport)(12-8-2016)

Cassill returning to Front Row UPDATE: Landon Cassill will return to the Cup Series for Front Row Motorsports in 2017. The 27-year-old has competed full-time in the Cup Series for the past six seasons, finishing a career-high 29th in the championship standings in 2016. At Bristol in the spring, the #38 car was out front for 20 laps, the most laps he has ever led in a single race. Cassill is seeking to secure sponsorship for next year, much like he did in 2016, in hopes of moving forward after a career year. "We're continuing to work forward on everything with Front Row Motorsports," Cassill said. "I don't see any changes being made, but everything will be getting buttoned up in the next few weeks I'm sure." Cassill had a career-high seven top-20 finishes in 2016, led by veteran crew chief Donnie Wingo. With a best finish of 11th at Talladega, the Iowa native is tired of being underrated, instead wishing he was "overrated." Cassill wants to climb the ladder with FRM, moving them up the ranks to be a more competitive team in 2017. Jerry Freeze, General Manager at Front Row Motorsports, confirmed to Frontstretch that Cassill will return in 2017, admitting that the organization's plans are not completely laid out for 2017. "I think so, too," Freeze said of Cassill remaining with the team. "We still have to get everything worked out with all the partners, but we are really close."(Frontstretch)(11-26-2016)
UPDATE: The contract for (Lamdon) Cassill to return (to Front Row Motorports) for next season is not official. Cassill said this week that it's in the process of being finalized and "should be in the next week or so that it's all buttoned up, but they've made it clear this is what they're working towards and what they want to do, and I'm completely fine with that." Cassill is currently the only driver in FRM's stable for NASCAR's premier series after (Chris) Buescher was announced to be moving to JTG-Daugherty Racing with a leased charter from Roush Fenway Racing. What FRM does with the #34 still is to be determined, but Cassill said his entry looks to be in good shape sponsor-wise headed into 2017. A return to FRM is ideal for Cassill because, he said, he's seen what his team has done with technology and information from the alliance with RFR, and in turn what he's then been able to do with that behind the wheel.(The Gazette)(12-4-2016)

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