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NASCAR's David Ragan lands with Front Row Motorsports

January 16, 2012 | 12:09 pm

NASCAR driver David Ragan, released by Roush Fenway Racing after last season, landed a job for this year with the two-car team of Front Row Motorsports.

RaganThe 26-year-old Ragan will drive the No. 34 Ford for Front Row, whose other driver is Riverside native David Gilliland, who pilots the team's No. 38 Ford.

Ragan, a Georgia native, captured his first Sprint Cup Series win last July in the summer race at Daytona International Speedway, but he was let go after his primary sponsor, UPS, reduced its backing. 

Roush Fenway's remaining three primary Cup drivers are Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth.

"I think [Front Row] appreciates what I can bring to the table, and I think it's a good opportunity for both of us," Ragan said in a statement Monday.

Team owner Bob Jenkins said sponsorship for the two cars was "being finalized and will be announced soon."

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Drivers David Ragan, right, and Trevor Bayne look over data during testing at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Oct. 20, 2011. Credit: Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images