David Ragan’s career as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitor came to an end Sunday night in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, the somber moment was celebrated in funny fashion by the Georgia native.
A photo posted to Twitter by Front Row Motorsports, shows Ragan sporting a fresh ‘Retired’ baseball cap.
The hat says it all. pic.twitter.com/WGiBr5N23n
— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) November 18, 2019
Ragan’s career finished up with an unceremonious 27th-place finish, but the team took huge swings hoping that strategy would put them in a position for a decent finish.
“Our last race was really uneventful,” said Ragan. “We tried some strategy a few times and it kind of bit us. We probably lost a lap or two that we shouldn’t have, but we were being aggressive because we didn’t really have anything to lose. I can’t say enough about everybody at Front Row Motorsports and the NASCAR industry for making this last weekend special. It was a tough season. I wish we had some better results to show for it, but the last season won’t dictate my 13-year career. We’ve had a lot of fun, a lot of good memories and don’t regret anything that we’ve done. I’ll sleep good tonight and think a little bit over the offseason on what I want to do next year and I’m sure I’ll be around.”
Even if his last event wasn’t a barn-burner, Ragan’s career as a whole gave fans a lot to cheer for.
Ragan racked up two wins (one for Roush Fenway Racing and one for Front Row Motorsports) and over a 13-year Cup Series career Ragan became known as one of the greatest gentlemen in the garage area.
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