Front Row Motorsports Ford EcoBoost 400 Race Report
Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1.5-Mile Oval, Homestead, Fla.
David Gilliland, No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford
Starting Position: 40
Finishing Position: 33
To close the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, David Gilliland finished 33rd in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at the Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. A race in which Brad Keselowski was crowned the 2012 champion and Jeff Gordon taking the win, Gilliland and the team fought hard all afternoon for the finish. Gilliland will finish the season 30th in driver’s points equaling his best for Front Row Motorsports.
Gilliland started the race with a car that had no grip. The car didn’t have the speed it needed and Gilliland slipped back. The race lacked cautions and the crew had to make adjustments under green flag pit stops. They tried various chassis and air pressure adjustments, but nothing seemed to give the car the “drive” that Gilliland was looking for.
The last pit stop, crew chief Derrick Finley made a major air pressure adjustment and the car came to life. Although it was a little late in the game, Gilliland moved up to 33rd at the end of the night.
David Gilliland After Homestead:
“Although today we didn’t get the result we wanted, I think it’s been a pretty good season. We seemed to get better at different tracks and I think we made some gains. We want to keep improving as an organization each season and 2012 we took another step forward. I’m looking forward with another year with Front Row Motorsports and trying to continue to improve.”
|David Ragan, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford
Finishing Position: 31Starting Position: 34
Completing his first season at Front Row Motorsports, David Ragan finished 31st in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at the Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. The finish helped Ragan finish 28th in driver points and the 34 team finished 29th in owner points- both are high marks for the growing Front Row Motorsports organization.
Ragan and the Jay Guy-led team were able to play the fuel mileage game at the end of the race to advance 31st at the end of the night. The fuel mileage strategy helped overcome a car that lacked the speed it needed to stay with the top-25.
Although it was not the race the team hoped for, the result still helped give Front Row Motorsports their best finish in a Cup season. Ragan is now prepared to build for 2013
David Ragan After Homestead:
“Today was a long race and a tough race for us. I think Jay Guy made a great call on the fuel mileage and that may have helped gain a few spots. But, overall, it’s been a good start for me at Front Row Motorsports. I want to keep moving forward with this team and be a part of helping to improve this organization.”