David Ragan announced last season that the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series campaign would be his last full time gig. Ragan, 34, was sick of the 38 week demand that a NASCAR season takes on you. But, that retirement will have to wait until late February.
On Friday, Ragan revealed that he will be racing in the upcoming Daytona 500 next month for Rick Ware Racing with a partnership from Front Row Motorsports. Ragan, will drive the No. 36 Ford with Select Blinds and Speed Cash as his sponsors.
This is the ride that Matt Tifft had to unfortunately get out of due to a medical condition that he suffered last October. Tifft, announced shortly after that he’d step away from this car for the foreseeable future.
Speculation was on if FRM would even run this car in 2020 but now those rumors were put to bed. It appears RWR has secured this charter for 2020 and will run the team in collaboration for at least the ‘500 with FRM. Think of it how Chip Ganassi Racing teams up with Spire like they did last year for the ‘500 with Jamie McMurray and how they will this year with Ross Chastain for the ‘500 as well as for the Coca-Cola 600 as well.
Ragan, had two stints with FRM — first from 2012 through 2014 and again from 2017 on. The Georgia native has two career wins, both on superspeedways as the first came in the July Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway in the No. 6 Ford at Roush/Fenway Racing and the other in May 2013 at the Talladega Superspeedway with FRM.