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Front Row Motorsports Hires Michael McDowell For 2018 NASCAR Season

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Michael McDowell joins returning driver David Ragan in 2018 on a 2-car team

Front Row Motorsports has hired driver Michael McDowell to race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series alonside returning driver David Ragan.

McDowell has spent the last 4 seasons with Leavine Family Racing, a single car organization. Landon Cassill, who spent two years with Front Row will not return.

“For me, I’m thankful to have the opportunity and excited to work with Front Row in a new chapter, a new beginning for me,” McDowell told “It’s fun when you’ve got a new challenge in front of you and a new set of people. Looking forward to working with David and helping to build this program and getting results. Also you know, I haven’t had a teammate in years and so that’s definitely a part that I’m really looking forward to.”

31 year-old David Ragan, who describes his return to Front Row as a homecoming, is back for his second straight season. Ragan gave Front Row it’s first victory at Talladega Superspeedway in 2013


According to a release by the organization today, Front Row stands to benefit from a strengthened alliance between Ford and Roush Fenway Racing. Details about the crew chief, sponsors and car numbers will be announced in the coming weeks, per the team.

Front Row also mentioned that it was “evaluating possible additions to the competition staff.”


Ragan and McDowell already have a friendly bond inside the garage.

The two see each other most days when they drop their kids off at school, and their families have grown closer over the years. This allows for a give and take relationship as teammates.

“That’s going to be a very unique partnership, but we’re both so competitive that I think it’s great to have someone to lean on and push you to drive,” McDowell said.

Ragan offered similar praise for McDowell, who topped the series last season in completed laps. He also finished 34 of 36 points-paying races, another a series best.

Front Row is eager to improve on their 2017 season where it’s two driver effort got them 30th and 31st in the points standings.