Ragan, Cassill Fill 2017 Front Row Motorsports Lineup

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

When Front Row Motorsports heads to Daytona International Speedway to begin the 2017 season in February, they’ll have two familiar faces behind the wheel.

The company announced on Friday morning that Landon Cassill and David Ragan will both return to the team for 2017, solidifying their drive lineup just before the holiday season.

Cassill will replace Chris Buescher in the No. 34 Ford, leaving Ragan to pilot the No. 38 Ford.

Cassill, 27, completed his first season with FRM in 2016, racking up seven top-20 finishes and completing 98 percent of the laps run on the year. While his results were ultimately overshadowed by Buescher, whom rode a surprise win at Pocono Raceway into FRM’s first Chase berth, Cassill’s 26.3 average finish and 20 laps led in 2016 were the most in the Iowan’s seven-year career.

“I’m really looking forward to working with David,” Cassill said in a release. “I’ve raced alongside him for years and respect him as a competitor. He has a ton of experience with different teams and manufacturers that will make him a great teammate. I’m really proud of what our team accomplished in 2016 in our first year together, and I’m really excited to go and build on that

With Buescher heading over to JTG Daugherty Racing for 2017, Ragan will return to FRM to complete their driver lineup.

Entering his 11th full-time season, Ragan rejoins FRM for the first time in two years. The 30-year-old previously drove for the organization from 2012-15, a stint that included five top 10s and the team’s first victory in a stunning upset at Talladega Superspeedway in 2013.

Ragan last competed with FRM in the 2015 Daytona 500 ahead of what was originally planned as a full-season run. However, the Georgian was enticed to fill the place of the injured Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing beginning the following week at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Upon Busch’s return Ragan moved over to the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing to close out the 2015 season before heading to BK Racing for 2016.

“It’s a nice homecoming, coming back to Front Row Motorsports,” Ragan said. “I’ve always had a great deal of respect for (FRM owner) Bob Jenkins, how he put together his team and grew it the right way over the years. We’ve celebrated some pretty big highlights together, and now we need to go make more.”

“These are two hard-working guys, both in the car and away from the car working with our partners,” Jenkins said. “We went out and got Landon last season because we knew he was talented and we wanted him in our racecar, and now we’re really happy he will be back another year.

“And we’re really excited to have David back. He’s a big part of Front Row’s history, bringing us our first win. He’s got a lot of experience in his career – things that you can’t teach – that will be big assets to us and our partners.”

FRM also confirmed in the release that they will continue their technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing, utilizing Roush Yates Engines for the 2017 season.

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