This weekend, David Ragan and the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford will compete in the first race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at Chicagoland Speedway. Although Ragan and his team are not eligible to compete for the championship, they are focused on a championship of their own. Ragan and the No. 34 Ford team want to help bring Front Row Motorsports its best finish in its short history.
Carrying the message, "One Text or Call Could Wreck it All," from the U.S. Government Department of Transportation, Ragan enters Chicagoland 29th in the Sprint Cup points standings. That is already three positions higher than the team's previous best finish in the championship. But, Ragan, in his first year with the Bob Jenkins-owned team, is looking for a lot more. He wants to be closer to the top-25 when the season ends in Homestead-Miami in November.
"I didn't come over to Front Row to not help this team improve its performance," said Ragan. "Everyone's goal was to race as hard as we could and get close to the top-25 or even top-20. I think the top-20 is a bit out of our reach, but getting closer to the top-25 is attainable for us. We just need to work hard, avoid trouble and see if we can race as smart as possible."
Ragan comes into Chicagoland with nine top-25 finishes and one top-10 finish this season.
"We have had some good races and we have had races where we have had some bad luck, too," continued Ragan. "I think we're ready to concentrate pretty hard and see what we can do over the last 10 races. We have some tracks where we can really have some good finishes. I'd love to be able to get as high as possible in points and carry that momentum into 2013 with this team."
Ragan will first attempt to gain maximum points this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Ragan has never finished outside the top-25 at the track and has one top-10 finish in Joliet.