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By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent BRISTOL, Tenn. – Journeyman driver David Ragan will step away from full-time competition following the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The 33-year-old made the decision with a focus on spending more time with his family. Ragan has competed in NASCAR’s Premier Series full-time for 13 years. While he only visited victory lane twice, his accomplishments both around and off the track are greater than those on track. Ragan was one of several drivers that filled-in for Kyle Busch in 2015 following the viciousRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Anything can happen at Daytona International Speedway and it usually does. Once again, it was the case in Sunday’s rain-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400. Only this time, it involved two Ford camp regulars on the bottom of the points table. After dodging the 18-car big one and some pitting before the red flag, both Corey LaJoie and rookie Matt Tifft were in excellent spots for a strong outcome. Then Mother Nature reared its ugly head for good and after 127 laps, they each scored their maidenRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer It was “Damage Inc.” on the final lap of Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama that ended in violent blows for several drivers, putting a damper on what was considered a thrilling 188-lap race. The situation began to unravel once the red-flag was lifted due to a multi-car crash on Lap 182 that ended with Matt DiBenedetto plowing into the back end of Chris Buescher in Turn 2. This led to the race restarting with just four laps to go. The chaos began toRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Road rage consumed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell as fists flew during Busch Pole Qualifying. The two drivers were angry with each other after an incident on track at ISM Raceway. After the incident, Suarez confronted McDowell on pit road. McDowell shoved Suarez before grabbing him by the throat. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver quickly turned the tables, throwing the Front Row Motorsports driver to the ground before the crews intervened. In the first round of qualifying for the TicketGuardianRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When the checkered flag was finally in sight Sunday night, Michael McDowell was fed up with the lack of respect his Ford teammates were showing him throughout the Daytona 500 and he had one goal in mind: win the whole damn thing. And he nearly pulled it off, bringing home a top-five finish for himself and Front Row Motorsports – McDowell’s first top-five since Daytona in the summer of 2017. Restarting fourth on the second attempt at an overtime finish, McDowell lostRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent *Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into next month’s 61st running of the Daytona 500. Age: 33 Years in Cup: 12 Career Wins: Two Although the 2018 on-track results fail to show it, David Ragan had his best Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season since 2011 as the veteran driver finished 25th in the final championship standings. In 2018, Ragan earned just one top-10 finish, at the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway. The seasonRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 34 Years in Cup: 11 years Career Wins: Zero Cup wins, one Xfinity Series win In his first season with Front Row Motorsports, Michael McDowell kicked the 2018 season off with a bang, finishing the Daytona 500 with a ninth-place finish and setting the tempo for the remainder of the season to come. Though he andRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent *Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into next month’s 61st running of the Daytona 500. Age: 22 Years in Cup: Rookie Season Career Wins: Zero Coming off of a career season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Matt Tifft will move up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019. The Hinckley, Ohio native will move from the Chevrolet Camaros of Richard Childress Racing to Front Row Motorsports’ brand new Ford Mustangs. ForRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Matt Tifft is moving up to the big leagues in 2019 as Front Row Motorsports announced Tuesday that he would be joining the organization’s three-car effort in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, piloting the team’s No. 36 entry full-time. The 22-year old native of Hinckley, Ohio will be joined by David Ragan and Michael McDowell in the team’s other two Ford Mustangs. “Today is a huge moment in my career, announcing my move to the Cup series,” said Tifft. “This has been a dream ofRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer  A calm final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 turned violent for Michael McDowell. With just under 30 minutes left in the session, the Front Row Motorsports driver spun into the outside wall in turn three at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. McDowell’s team will go to a back-up car for Sunday’s race. McDowell never sensed that something was wrong with his No. 34 Starkey Hearing Foundation Ford Fusion on just his seventh lap of the session. When he braked,Read More