David Ragan will step out of full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition at the end of this season.
The 33-year-old from Unadilla, Georgia has competed for Front Row Motorsports since 2017 and competed for the group from 2012-14. His choice weighed on private causes and did not rule out racing part-time sooner or later.
“I’ve prayed and heavily considered this decision, but for myself and my family, I believe this is the right thing to do. I am a husband and a father to two young girls first, and I am a driver second,” he stated. “To compete in what I consider the greatest series in the world, you need full dedication of your time and focus. My children are growing up quickly, and I want to concentrate my time in being the best father and husband I can be. I feel this is where God is leading my life, and therefore I’m making this decision.
“There aren’t sufficient phrases to thank everybody who has helped me in my profession and to all of the followers who’ve supported me on this journey. It’s not over, however I’m prepared to spend extra time at dwelling.”
Ragan has made 457 career starts heading into this weekend’s round at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
He moved up to NASCAR’s top level with Jack Roush’s team in 2007 and raced there until the 2011 season. He scored his first series win at Daytona’s July race the same year.
He moved to Front Row the next year and logged the group’s maiden NASCAR win in 2013 at Talladega with a late push from teammate David Gilliland.
“We admire David for making what I’m positive was a really troublesome choice,” commented team owner Bob Jenkins. We also commend him for his reason. David has always put family first, and as a father, I understand what it’s like to not be at that game or big event for your child.
“Throughout his time at Front Row Motorsports, David has at all times gone past what was requested of him- and even volunteering his personal time to assist develop our group. Now it is time for him to give some of that again to his household and we completely help that. Our doorways are at all times open for David and we’ll miss seeing him each week.”
He performed the position of super-sub in 2015 when he stuffed in for the injured Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing and Brian Vickers at Michael Waltrip Racing and raced for BK Racing in 2016.