David Ragan to drive for Front Row

Updated: January 16, 2012, 10:24 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- David Ragan will drive for Front Row Motorsports in the 2012 Sprint Cup season.

Ragan lost his job in the No. 6 at Roush Fenway Racing after last season due to lack of sponsorship.

He got his release from RFR to pursue an opportunity in the No. 22 at Penske Racing and then the No. 43 at Richard Petty Motorsports, but was not hired for either.

He also was in line for the No. 51 at Phoenix Racing that went to Kurt Busch.

Ragan will drive the No. 34 Ford Fusion for Front Row with David Gilliland in the No. 38 that Travis Kvapil drove much of last season. Both cars are locked into the field for the February 26 Daytona 500 based on owner's points last season.

Ragan won the July race at Daytona in 2011.

"Front Row has made great progress in the last few years, and I look forward to helping them advance to the next level," Ragan said in a statement. "The team appreciates what I can bring to the table, and I think it's a good opportunity for both of us. I've also enjoyed a long relationship with Ford and I'm glad that I'll get to keep working with them."

Gilliland finished third in the 2011 Daytona 500.

"We've gotten better year to year and even week to week in the time I've been with Front Row, so I'm excited to be back for a third year and to have David as a teammate," Gilliland said. "It's good to be back in the 38 car, too. It was my dad's number and I've also had some pretty good days at the racetrack with that number on the door."

Sponsorship for both cars has not been announced.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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