Cup preview: Front Row Motorsports

David Ragan celebrated at the spring Talladega race, leading a 1-2 finish for Front Row Motorsports. Sean Gardner/Getty Images

One in a series of 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team previews ahead of the season-opening Daytona 500:


Principal owners: Bob Jenkins

Manufacturer: Ford

Engine source: Roush Yates Engines

Alliances: Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske

Drivers (crew chiefs): David Ragan (Jay Guy), David Gilliland (Frank Kerr)

2013's top finisher: Gilliland (26th)

2013 grade: B-minus

2014 preseason grade: C-plus

2014 outlook: Front Row Motorsports' 1-2 finish at the Talladega spring race was the feel-good story of the Sprint Cup season. But team owner Bob Jenkins insists it wasn't a fluke. Consistency was an issue, with drivers David Ragan and David Gilliland combining for only four additional top-15 finishes the rest of the season. It did mark the first time that FRM placed two drivers in the top 30 of the championship. Front Row will run a third car for Eric McClure in the Daytona 500 with possible additional races.

Quotable: "People always say, 'Were you shocked when you won the race?' And to be honest with you, the answer is no. The good thing about David and David is they go every week trying to win a race, so I think they've had enough top-10s and top-5s on the speedways that we were almost due to have that day. I'm very proud of the progress our guys have made. I couldn't be more excited about 2014. The new Chase format really favors a team like ours. It opens the door to teams like ours to have some success, and I think it's good for the sport." -- Bob Jenkins


David Ragan (No. 34 CSX/Farm Rich Ford): "We have certainly exceeded some expectations that we set when I joined in 2012, and Bob [Jenkins] has made a big commitment to growing this team. We definitely have a lot of potential. It's fun to talk about the win last season and the Talladega experience that David and I had, but we can't rest on that forever. We've got to do it again to have something else to talk about. There is going to be more opportunities to win some races, and not only at the speedways. Our short-track program is improving, and David is a great road racer."
2014 goal: Consistently break into top 20

David Gilliland (No. 38 Love's Travel Stops Ford): "This is definitely not the same team I came to five years ago. We've made big strides across the board, and I'm proud to have been a part of that progress. We're making our cars better and faster. We've got a lot of the same guys that were working last year, and they're working in harmony and feeling really good about kicking off this season."
2014 goal: Emulate teammate Ragan's 2013 achievement of a race win

Eric McClure (No. 35 Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Ford Fusion): "There are certain things I've wanted to accomplish, certain things I've dreamed about since I was a little boy, and the Daytona 500 is the biggest thing that there is. I want to finish my career with enjoyment, and if we can go down there and qualify for the race, that would be a really big accomplishment for us."
2014 goal: Qualify for the Daytona 500