Report: David Ragan looks to renew deal to stay with Front Row Motorsports

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Like baseball announcer and former major league catcher Bob Uecker, David Ragan likes being in the Front Row – Front Row Motorsports, that is.

And according to a report by PopularSpeed.com’s Matt Weaver, Ragan hopes to soon reach agreement on a new contract to remain with the Ford-powered team.

“I haven’t finalized anything with the team yet but we’re working on it,” Ragan told Weaver. “We’ve got to get the sponsors lined up. The owners have to get their budgets sorted and the drivers are usually the last things to come together.

“Hopefully, over the next few weeks, we’ll get that sorted. I would definitely love to be back.”

Up until last week, Ragan – who is in the third and final year of his current contract with FRM – had been rumored to be headed to Richard Petty Motorsports to replace Marcos Ambrose in the No. 9 car. But that coveted ride ultimately went to Sam Hornish Jr.

“I had my contract coming up at the end of the year and we haven’t talked a whole lot about the 2015 season,” Ragan told Popular Speed. “My goal was to get myself in a real good competitive situation and I didn’t have a contract and I showed them (RPM) some interest, but that’s it.”

The 28-year-old Ragan came to Front Row Racing in 2012 after his contract was not renewed by Roush Fenway Racing due to a lack of sponsorship.

Ragan has two career Sprint Cup wins, one with RFR (2011 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona) and for FRM (2013 spring race at Talladega).

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NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.