Front Row Motorsports has decided to keep the drivers from 2012 for next season without making any major changes. David Ragan and David Gilliland will return to the team in 2013. Front Row Motorsports (FRM) does not plan on making any modifications to the crews and seems happy with the current structure of the team.
David Ragan and David Gilliland are Returning
David Ragan and David Gilliland did not have the best 2012 NASCAR season. Ragan finished the year in 28th position while Gilliland finished in 30th place. Nevertheless, the drivers had several top five, top 10 and top 15 finishes. However, team owner Bob Jenkins is not letting the Sprint Cup standings influence his decisions for next year. Front Row Motorsports has decided to keep David Ragan and David Gilliland by renewing their contracts.
Front Row Motorsports also plans to continue using Ford cars in 2013. The engines will still be supplied by Roush Yates next year. It seems that FRM wants to avoid making any drastic changes for the next season and wants to preserve the same structure as much as possible. Front Row has not announced any new sponsorships for David Ragan and David Gilliland.
Josh Wise and Front Row Motorsports
Josh Wise will have the chance to compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2013 with Front Row Motorsports. The driver will be sponsored by MDS Transport next season and plans to participate in all 36 races. This will be an improvement for Josh Wise who spent 2012 in a part-time schedule with the team.
Bob Jenkins believes that change is not necessary for finding success, “We’ve been fortunate that we’ve had a lot of stable partners, people who believe in our approach and are seeing year-to-year improvements as a result of that approach.” He talked enthusiastically about David Ragan and David Gilliland recently. Jenkins wants to focus on keeping stability in Front Row Motorsports instead of changing drivers to try something new. It is a refreshing approach considering the number of teams that are willing to change drivers after a handful of bad races.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.