David Ragan’s victory in the spring at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway still ranks as one of the biggest surprises of the Sprint Cup Series season.
More than five months later, Ragan and his Front Row Motorsports team are still basking in the afterglow of that victory, which was the first for the organization.
While statistics alone have not shown a dramatic improvement in Front Row’s ability to compete regularly with the likes of Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing, the organization continues to make progress.
A 12th-place finish at Bristol, Tenn., by Ragan and a 17th at Atlanta for David Gilliland were steps in the right direction. Also, the organization was invited to participate in tire tests for the first time.
As Ragan prepares to return to Talladega for Sunday’s Camping World 500, the Observer spoke with him about this season, his victory and the growth of the Front Row organization.
When I found my home at Front Row I was concerned because it was a smaller team, less funded, it didn’t have the resources that Roush Fenway had during my tenure there. I adapted, learned to work hard with what we have and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve made some great friends which I otherwise wouldn’t have made. I still have potential to continue to get better and my tenure has been enjoyable. Absolutely I want to be on a team that can contend for wins or championships on a regular basis. Front Row is not there today, but in the next few years maybe they are.