MOORESVILLE, N.C.—After 13 seasons on NASCAR’s top tour, David Ragan has decided to step aside from full-time competition at the end of 2019.
The second-generation driver posted two wins in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series during his time behind the wheel, most recently with Front Row Motorsports in the No. 38 Ford.
Ragan will continue race on a part-time basis moving forward.
“I’ve prayed and heavily considered this decision, but for myself and my family, I believe this is the right thing to do,” Ragan said. “I am a husband and a father to two young girls first, and I am a driver second. To compete in what I consider the greatest series in the world, you need full dedication of your time and focus. My children are growing up quickly, and I want to concentrate my time in being the best father and husband I can be. I feel this is where God is leading my life, and therefore I’m making this decision.
“There aren’t enough words to thank everyone who has helped me in my career and to all the fans who have supported me in this journey. It’s not over, but I’m ready to spend more time at home.”
The 33-year-old Unadilla, Georgia native started his stock car career in the ARCA Menards Series and quickly rose through the NASCAR ranks as a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing starting in 2006. He has competed full-time in the Cup series since 2007.
Ragan moved to Front Row Motorsports in 2012. After a short stint filling in for the injured Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015, Ragan finished that season with Michael Waltrip Racing. After spending 2016 with BK Racing, Ragan returned to FRM in 2017.
Ragan will make his 458th Cup start this weekend at Bristol.
“We admire David for making what I’m sure was a very difficult decision,” said Bob Jenkins, owner, Front Row Motorsports. “We also commend him for his reason. David has always put family first, and as a father, I understand what it’s like to not be at that game or big event for your child.
“Throughout his time at Front Row Motorsports, David has always gone beyond what was asked of him- or even volunteering his own time to help grow our team. Now it’s time for him to give some of that back to his family and we totally support that. Our doors are always open for David and we’ll miss seeing him every week.”
A new driver for the No. 38 Ford Mustang team will be announced at a later date.