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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Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.