2013 Sprint Cup Team Preview: Front Row MotorsportsBy David Morgan
Another day closer to Daytona and another Sprint Cup Series team to preview for 2013. Up on the docket today is the three car operation of Front Row Motorsports which will be fielding cars for drivers David Ragan, David Gilliland, and Josh Wise in 2013. All three drivers ran for the team in 2012
Ragan will return in 2013 for Front Row Motorsports, piloting the #34 Ford Fusion once again. Crew Chief Jay Guy will also return in 2013 to lead the team. Sponsorships for the #34 team have yet to be finalized, but Front Row did announce in December that McCall Farms and Peanut Patch will sponsor Ragan for 4 races in 2013. The 4 races will be Darlington in May, Bristol in August, Atlanta in September, and Charlotte in October. Ragan had this to say regarding 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. 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.”
As the most senior member of the Front Row Motorsports organization, Gilliland returns for his fourth year driving for the team. Once again, he will be driving the #38 Ford Fusion with Derrick Finley also returning as crew chief for the team. As with Ragan, sponsorships for Gilliland’s Fusions have not been finalized, but announcements are expected soon. Gilliland expressed excitement for the upcoming 2013 campaign, stating: “I’m excited to start my fourth year with Front Row Motorsports. 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.”
Wise will once again run a part time campaign in the #26 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports in 2013 with sponsorship from MDS Transport, but is expected to run more races in 2013 than he did in 2012.
Look for Ragan and Gilliland to try to improve on their 2012 seasons in 2013 and look for both drivers to run well at the restrictor plate tracks, which gave Ragan and Gilliland their best finishes