Report of Cole Whitt in for David Ragan at Front Row Motorsports ‘not true’

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Oooops.

Anthony Marlowe, co-owner of BK Racing, on Tuesday night tweeted congratulations to his driver, Cole Whitt, for reportedly joining Front Row Motorsports as driver of the No. 34 Ford in 2015.

That tweet came as quite a surprise because we — and probably most people in NASCAR — had not heard about David Ragan leaving the No. 34, which he’s driven the last three Sprint Cup seasons.

But Wednesday morning, Front Row officials said it was “not true” that it had signed Whitt to replace Ragan, or even for just joining the organization period, according to a story on NASCAR.com.

Marlowe, meanwhile, has not issued any further statements or tweets clarifying or correcting the original tweet from last night.

The 23-year-old Whitt had a trying rookie Sprint Cup season in 2014. He, along with Parker Kligerman, began the year with Swan Racing, which folded less than 10 races into the 36-race schedule.

Marlowe and Whitt then joined BK Racing as co-owner and driver, respectively, and Whitt went on to finish the season 31st. Kligerman, meanwhile, raced sparingly but served as a regular analyst on NBCSN’s NASCAR America.

Ragan was fully expected to return for a fourth season with Front Row Motorsports, and unless something comes out to the contrary in the coming days, will once again drive the No. 34 in 2015 for FRM owner Bob Jenkins.

Ragan is the only driver to have won a Sprint Cup race for FRM, winning at Talladega in May 2013, with teammate David Gilliland finishing a close second.

Ragan had a difficult season in 2014, finishing tied (with Michael Annett) for 32nd in the standings, just one point behind Whitt’s finish. Ragan earned just one top-10 finish (fall, Martinsville).

Gilliland finished 30th in the standings but did not have any top-10 finishes.

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