David Ragan to retire from full-time NASCAR after 2019

David Ragan will step away from full-time NASCAR competition at the end of the 2019 season.

David Ragan has decided the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will be his last as a full-time competitor.

The 33-year-old winner of two races at the highest level of the discipline revealed on Wednesday that he will step down from his No. 38 Ford Mustang at Front Row Motorsports but will continue to race part time in NASCAR and in various other disciplines.

The team did not reveal any plans for the 2020 season and such decisions have typically been made in the offseason.

“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.”

Ragan began his Cup Series career in 2007 with Roush Fenway Racing following a successful stint in the Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoor Truck Series. He has 457 starts at the highest level with victories in the 2011 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and 2013 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega. The latter was the first organizational win for Front Row Motorsports, and team owner Bob Jenkins was later gifted a restored version of that car by Ragan and the team.

“We admire David for making what I’m sure was a very difficult decision,” Jenkins said. “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.”

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