Front Row Motorsports

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Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (logo).jpg
Owner(s)Bob Jenkins
Brad Jenkins
Principal(s)Derrick Finley
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Cup Series
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Race driversCup Series
34. Michael McDowell
38. Todd Gilliland (R)
Truck Series
38. Zane Smith
SponsorsCup Series
34. Love's Travel Stops, FR8 Auctions, CarParts.com, Revolve Finance, Outwest Express, ARRMA, Horizon Hobby, Martin Transportation System
38. SpeedyCash, The Pete Store, Dude Wipes, MDS Transport, Georgia Peanuts Commission, iRacing, FR8 Auctions, Death Wish Coffee, Speedco, Bence Motor Sales, Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casinos, Chicago Pneumatic Compressors, Dockside Logistics, Citgard, Boot Barn
Truck Series
38. Speedco, Frontline Enterprises, Chicago Pneumatic Compressors, The Pete Store, Black's Tire & Wheel Distributors, Crosley Brands, SpeedyCash
ManufacturerFord
Opened2005
Career
DebutNASCAR Cup Series:
2005 Food City 500 (Bristol)
Nationwide Series:
2008 Camping World 300 (Daytona)
Camping World Truck Series
2020 NextEra Energy 250 (Daytona)
Latest raceNASCAR Cup Series:
2021 Season Finale 500 (Phoenix)
Nationwide Series:
2010 Food City 250 (Bristol)
Camping World Truck Series
2021 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Races competedTotal: 1,271
NASCAR Cup Series: 1,151
Nationwide Series: 75
Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 45
Drivers' ChampionshipsTotal: 0
NASCAR Cup Series: 0
Nationwide Series: 0
Truck Series: 0
Race victoriesTotal: 4
NASCAR Cup Series: 3
Nationwide Series: 0
Truck Series: 1
Pole positionsTotal: 2
NASCAR Cup Series: 1
Nationwide Series: 0
Truck Series: 1

Front Row Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The team began running part-time in 2004 as Means-Jenkins Motorsports under a partnership with Jimmy Means and restaurant entrepreneur Bob Jenkins, with Jenkins becoming the full team owner in 2005.[1][2] In the Cup Series, FRM currently fields two Ford Mustang GT teams full-time: The No. 34 for Michael McDowell and the No. 38 for Todd Gilliland. In the Truck Series, they field the No. 38 Ford F-150 for Zane Smith.

Front Row Motorsports has become known as one of the more prominent small-budget teams in the Cup Series, operating with around 60 employees on a fraction of the budget of larger teams, and with equipment often coming second-hand from other Ford teams such as Roush-Fenway Racing.[3][4] The team has struggled on most intermediate tracks, however since 2011, the team has become noted for its performance at superspeedways and to a lesser extent short tracks, which rely less on aerodynamic performance. This reputation has grown since the signing of noted restrictor-plate racer David Ragan in 2012, who won the team's first race at Talladega the following year with the help of another skilled plate racer and teammate David Gilliland.[1][4] FRM has also won with Chris Buescher at the rain-shortened 2016 Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Motor Speedway and Michael McDowell at the 2021 Daytona 500.

The team has received equipment from Roush Fenway Racing since 2010 and began a technical alliance with Roush in 2016. The team also began receiving technical support from Ford starting in 2016, after receiving limited data from Ford since 2010.

The team was awarded the assets of BK Racing on August 21, 2018, after former owner Ron Devine and a trustee from Union First Bank put the team up for bidding. After purchasing the assets, they ran a No. 23 car for the rest of the season, driven primarily by J. J. Yeley from NY Racing. After the 2018 season ended, this team became the No. 36 team in 2019.

Bob Jenkins[edit]

Robert "Bob" Jenkins,[5] the full owner of the team since 2005, resides in Dandridge, Tennessee,[1] and is known for his involvement with in the Yum! Brands family of restaurants. He is not to be confused with the motorsports announcer of the same name. Jenkins currently owns around 150 franchises, including many Taco Bell, Long John Silver's, and A&W locations.[3][4][6] Jenkins also owns Morristown Driver's Services (MDS), a full-service, third-party Logistics Provider, specializing in all phases of transportation management.[1][5] His family is also the owner of Jenkin's Insurance in Dandridge.

Jenkins began his NASCAR career as a sponsor for a then-Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) entry driven by Brad Teague and fielded by longtime owner Jimmy Means. Jenkins began fielding Cup Series entries in 2004 with Means, taking full ownership of the team in 2005.[1][2][7]

The Yum! Brands, most notably Taco Bell and Long John Silver's, as well as MDS often appear on the Front Row cars when the team does not have an outside sponsor, with funds coming from Jenkins himself.[1][3][4][8]

The team shop is currently in Mooresville, North Carolina in the shop that used to house MDM Motorsports and Ranier Racing.

Visual identity[edit]

As noted, the team has used Bob Jenkins' franchises as sponsors, offering a distinctive look to many of their cars. In 2006, the team began using an old-style font for its car numbers, modeled after the styles used by teams of the 1960s and 1970s. However, the team dropped this style for a more standard rounded block font in 2008. Midway through the year, the Cup cars switched back to the older styled numbers, while the Nationwide Series car used the newer font through the end of the year (the retro font was used on the team's road course car). In 2009, the Nationwide car also switched back to the older-styled numbers. FRM has used the retro style ever since.

NASCAR Cup Series[edit]

Car No. 34 history[edit]

Mach 1 Racing (2004–2005)

The No. 34 car made its debut on March 14, 2004, at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Todd Bodine driving the car as the No. 98 Lucas Oil Ford. At the time, the team was owned by Chris Edwards and was known as "Mach 1 Racing". Bodine finished 41st after dropping out within sixteen laps. Bodine drove in eight races with the team that year, along with his brother Geoffrey, Larry Gunselman, Randy LaJoie, Chad Chaffin, and Derrike Cope filling out the driving duties that year, driving a total of 29 races.

In 2005 the team changed numbers to No. 34 and planned to run full-time, but due to sponsorship limitations and lackluster performance by LaJoie, the team only ran a limited schedule. Although it attempted many races, two drivers (Ted Christopher and P. J. Jones) each qualified for a race with the team that year. In the fall of 2005, the team website announced that the team was up for sale, but that was quickly rescinded. Later that year, Front Row Motorsports moved into their shop to operate the No. 34 in addition to their current team.

Multiple drivers (2006–2008)
John Andretti in the No. 34 at Daytona in 2008.

The combined team began running at the 2006 Daytona 500. Randy LaJoie attempted but failed to qualify for the first two races. The team ran the No. 64 at Daytona but switched back to No. 34 for the second race at California Speedway. Lajoie and teammate Chaffin swapped rides the next week in Las Vegas and Chaffin would drive for the next eight races. Chaffin would then return to FRM's other car after Kevin Lepage's departure for BAM Racing, one week after FRM purchased the owner points from Peak Fitness Racing and renumbered the No. 92 to No. 61. Chad Blount would then take over the No. 34 car for two races, however, he was unable to get into the field and was released. Carl Long, Greg Sacks, Mike Skinner would attempt the next three races with Skinner making the 3M Performance 400 and finishing 37th on the lead lap. Johnny Miller returned to FRM to run the road course at Infineon. After Blount's release, Long, Sacks, Chaffin, Brian Simo, Kertus Davis, Skinner, and Joey McCarthy attempted races for the team, with Long qualifying at Bristol. Lepage drove the car for the rest of the season and made Martinsville.

The car attempted full-time status in 2007 with Lepage, but after missing the first four races, the team decided to go part-time with Andretti and Chaffin. Lepage swapped places with Andretti and Chaffin at the No. 37 so that Lepage could continue full-time. Chaffin later left the team in early 2007. They tried to make another attempt to run the No. 34 at Texas Motor Speedway with myAutoloan.com as the sponsor, but they failed to qualify for the race.

The 2008 season began with the No. 34 planning to run a full season. The team made the Daytona 500 with Andretti behind the wheel and Makoto's Ginger Dressing brand as the associate sponsor, and manufacturer's support from Chevrolet. Andretti left the team to race in the Indianapolis 500 with Roth Racing and eventually decided to continue in the series. Tony Raines qualified for his first race of the season in the No. 34 Chevrolet Impala SS at Dover but finished 40th after transmission failure. The No. 34 Chevy ran part-time after that, with Chad Chaffin attempting the final races for the team in 2008.

John Andretti (2009)

In 2009, John Andretti drove the car full-time, and the team entered into a partnership with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. The No. 34 team received owner's points from EGR's defunct No. 15 team, becoming locked in for the first five races of the season. For the Daytona 500, Window World joined as the primary sponsor, and the car was fielded as a fourth EGR entry, with EGR crew chief Steve Lane and several EGR crewmembers tending to the car.[7][9][10] The team finished 19th in the race. Window World ended up joining the team for the first five races of the season, and additional races later in the year.[7] The team ran EGR engines at the Daytona 500 and the spring Atlanta race, using Pro Motors Engines otherwise. Steven Lane served as the full-time crew chief and some of the EGR crew became permanent employees.[7] Beyond Window World's involvement, the team ran mostly unsponsored; team owner Bob Jenkins began using the space on the No. 34 Chevrolet Impala SS to advertise his Taco Bell restaurants while seeking a new primary sponsor.[7] Andretti missed two races while he ran the Indianapolis 500,[7] and teammate Tony Raines took his place for those events. Raines quickly earned the team's best solo effort finish to that point with a 25th place at Darlington. With John back at the wheel, the team finished 16th at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, along with numerous other top-30 finishes throughout the year. At Michigan, race sponsor Carfax jumped aboard the No. 34 Chevrolet as the primary sponsor. The team remained in the top-35 for the entire season which guaranteed the team starts the first five races of 2010.

Travis Kvapil (2010)

For 2010, Travis Kvapil was the primary driver of the No. 34 Long John Silver's car, with the team switching to Ford and Roush/Yates providing engines and support for the team. Steve Lane returned to the Long John Silver's team with Kvapil. John Andretti drove the No. 34 in the Budweiser Shootout and the 2010 Daytona 500 with Window World as the primary sponsor, with Kvapil driving the No. 37 Extenze Ford in place of rookie teammate Kevin Conway. Kvapil and the No. 34 team's best finish of 2010 was an 18th at Talladega in the spring and finished 33rd in owners points after Kvapil, Andretti (both with the LJS crew), Kevin Conway, and Tony Raines (both with the Extenze / A&W Crew) ran races with the number.

David Gilliland (2011)
David Gilliland in the No. 34 during the 2011 Toyota/Save Mart 350.

In 2011, David Gilliland returned to Front Row Motorsports running the No. 34 Taco Bell Ford for the full season. He would go on to finish third in the 2011 Daytona 500, ninth in the 2011 Aaron's 499, and 12th in the 2011 Toyota/Save Mart 350. The third-place finish at Daytona was the beginning of FRM's noted success on restrictor-plate tracks.

David Ragan (2012–2015)

For 2012, former Roush Fenway Racing driver David Ragan drove the car full-time. Ragan helped the team improve slightly, with a best finish of 4th at Talladega in October. He recorded two top-10 finishes throughout the season, both at Talladega.

Ragan got the team its first win at Talladega Superspeedway in the 2013 Aaron's 499 on a last-lap pass. Along with David Gilliland's help, the team was able to finish one-two.[4][11] The win was also the first for a car using No. 34 since Wendell Scott in 1964. The No. 34 team improved more in 2013 earning sixteen top-25 finishes including the win, a sixth-place finish at the fall Talladega race, and a 12th-place finish at the night race at Bristol. However, three consecutive engine failures near the end of the season dropped Ragan to 28th in points.

David Ragan in the No. 34 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2014.

Ragan returned as the driver for 2014, with sponsors CSX and Farm Rich (which sponsored the team's win at Talladega)[4] stepping up their commitments.[12] The team struggled to adapt to the new no ride-height rule for the 2014 season and wasn't helped by the struggles of all the Roush-Yates engines teams all year long. Ragan was outside the top-30 in points near the end of the season. However, the No. 34 car got a boost at the October Martinsville race, when it finally scored its first top 10 of the season. In the race, Ragan drove a tribute baby blue paint scheme dedicated to the late Wendell Scott, the last driver before Ragan to win using the number 34.

Ragan returned to the team in 2015.[13] With KFC sponsoring, Ragan came back from a lap down in his Duel race to qualify for the Daytona 500 (his points had been moved to the No. 35 car), where he later finished 17th. After the 500, Ragan temporarily left the team to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in place of an injured Kyle Busch. Ragan was originally scheduled to return to the No. 34 upon Busch's return to the series, but in April, circumstances led to him to instead leave for Michael Waltrip Racing to replace an ailing Brian Vickers for the rest of the season.

Brett Moffitt (2015)
Brett Moffitt in the No. 34 at Martinsville Speedway in 2015.

Meanwhile, Joe Nemechek took over the No. 34 at Atlanta, the first of an eight-race sponsorship from CSX. Brett Moffitt took over the No. 34 at Las Vegas and Phoenix, with Chris Buescher driving the car for the next four races along with Talladega and Reed Sorenson driving at Richmond. In May 2015, Moffitt, competing for Rookie of the Year honors, was named the driver for the remainder of the season, though Justin Marks took over at Sonoma,[14] Buescher drove the car at Watkins Glen, and Josh Wise ran the fall Talladega race. Despite not running the full season, Moffitt earned Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors.

Chris Buescher (2016)
Chris Buescher in the No. 34 at Kentucky Speedway in 2016.

On December 10, 2015, it was announced that reigning Xfinity Series champion Chris Buescher would drive the No. 34 for the 2016 season, as part of FRM's new alliance with Roush Fenway Racing. Bob Osbourne replaced Derrick Finley as crew chief for the No. 34. Finley then became Front Row's technical director.[15] It was later announced that longtime FRM sponsor Love's Travel Stops would be moving to the No. 34 in 2016 (after sponsoring the No. 38 since 2013). CSX also returned to the team for eight races.[16] Buescher, in one of the biggest upsets in recent NASCAR history, won a fog-shortened Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono, after taking the lead in the final 15 laps. It was Buescher's first win in the Cup Series and the team's second Cup Series victory. Buescher, with the win, became the first driver since Joey Logano in 2009 to win a race as a Cup Series Rookie of the Year candidate (In 2011, Trevor Bayne won a race during his part-time rookie season but was not running for the Cup Series Rookie of the Year award).[17] Buescher later moved up to 29th in points following Richmond, locking him into the Chase. It was the first-ever Chase berth for a Front Row Motorsports entry. Buescher began the Chase in the 13th position in points, but three sub-par finishes cost him a chance to move on to the 2nd round. He finished 16th in points, a career-best for the team. Buescher later departed for JTG Daugherty Racing following the season's conclusion.

Landon Cassill (2017)
Cassill's No. 34 during the 2017 Daytona 500

It was announced on December 16, 2016, that Landon Cassill would shift over from the #38 car to replace Buescher. His best finish in the 2017 season was 16th at the Daytona 500. After only one year of having Cassill in the car, it was announced on October 10, 2017, that he would not be returning to the car or Front Row Motorsports.[18]

Michael McDowell (2018–present)
Michael McDowell in the No. 34 at Sonoma Raceway in 2021.

Michael McDowell was later announced as Cassill's replacement for 2018. During the season, he only scored one top-10 finish at the Daytona 500 and ended up 26th in the standings. McDowell started the 2019 season with a fifth-place finish at the Daytona 500, later scoring another top-five at the fall Talladega race.

On December 12, 2019, FRM announced that McDowell will return to the No. 34 for the 2020 season.[19] He scored four top-10s and finished the season 23rd in the standings, a new career best.

McDowell began the 2021 season by winning the Daytona 500; it was his first NASCAR Cup Series win, in his 358th Cup race. He was a 100-1 underdog. [20] He would go on to finish inside the top 10 in the first three races of the season.

Car No. 34 results[edit]

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2004 Larry Gunselman 98 Ford DAY CAR LVS
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
GLN
43
TAL
33
KAN
42
39th 1386
Todd Bodine ATL
41
DAR
40
TEX
43
MAR
39
TAL
DNQ
CAL
34
RCH
33
CHI
DNQ
NHA
41
POC
38
Geoff Bodine BRI
39
CLT
DNQ
POC
28
MCH
32
NHA
41
DOV
39
CLT
DNQ
Larry Gunselman Dodge SON
37
Bill Elliott DAY
18
CAL
25
ATL
22
Derrike Cope Ford IND
40
MCH
41
BRI
38
RCH
42
Chad Chaffin MAR
39
Randy LaJoie PHO
42
DAR
36
HOM
DNQ
2005 34 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAL
42
LVS
36
ATL
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
MAR
42
TEX
DNQ
44th 738
Steve Portenga PHO
DNQ
TAL
Jeff Fuller DAR
43
RCH
DNQ
CLT
DNQ
DOV
43
P.J. Jones POC
DNQ
MCH
DNQ
SON DAY CHI
DNQ
POC
41
IND
DNQ
GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
CAL
DNQ
Joey McCarthy NHA
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
TAL MAR
DNQ
ATL TEX
Ted Christopher NHA
42
Eric McClure KAN
DNQ
CLT
Chad Chaffin PHO
43
HOM
2006 Randy LaJoie 64 DAY
DNQ
43rd 1001
34 Dodge CAL
DNQ
Chad Chaffin Chevy LVS
42
ATL
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
MAR
36
TEX
DNQ
PHO
DNQ
TAL
30
RCH
DNQ
Chad Blount DAR
DNQ
CLT
DNQ
RCH
42
NHA
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
KAN
DNQ
Carl Long DOV
DNQ
CHI
DNQ
BRI
41
Greg Sacks POC
DNQ
POC
DNQ
Mike Skinner MCH
37
MCH
DNQ
Johnny Miller SON
DNQ
Chad Blount Dodge DAY
DNQ
Joey McCarthy Chevy NHA
DNQ
Chad Chaffin Dodge IND
39
TEX
DNQ
HOM
DNQ
Brian Simo Chevy GLN
41
Kertus Davis CAL
DNQ
Kevin Lepage Dodge TAL
DNQ
Chevy CLT
DNQ
MAR
43
ATL PHO
DNQ
2007 Dodge DAY
DNQ
CAL
DNQ
LVS
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
BRI MAR TEX
DNQ
PHO TAL
DNQ
RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH TEX
DNQ
PHO HOM 56th 106
Stanton Barrett BRI
DNQ
CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL
2008 John Andretti Chevy DAY
40
CAL
35
LVS
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
TEX
40
PHO
DNQ
TAL
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
46th 764
Jeff Green DAR
DNQ
CLT
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
CAL
Tony Raines DOV
40
POC MCH
DNQ
NHA
DNQ
DAY CHI
DNQ
IND
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
NHA
DNQ
Brian Simo Ford SON
43
Chad Chaffin Chevy POC
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM
Brian Simo GLN
DNQ
MCH
2009 John Andretti DAY
19
CAL
31
LVS
28
ATL
29
BRI
34
MAR
35
TEX
26
PHO
38
TAL
27
RCH
32
DOV
34
POC
35
MCH
33
SON
30
NHA
16
DAY
27
CHI
30
IND
32
POC
30
GLN
30
MCH
28
BRI
30
ATL
31
RCH
29
NHA
26
DOV
27
KAN
33
CAL
19
CLT
36
MAR
26
TAL
23
TEX
24
PHO
34
HOM
33
35th 2731
Tony Raines DAR
25
CLT
39
2010 John Andretti Ford DAY
38
34th 2564
Travis Kvapil CAL
30
LVS
24
ATL
30
BRI
25
MAR
27
PHO
36
TEX
24
TAL
18
RCH
34
DAR
26
DOV
29
BRI
22
ATL
29
DOV
33
KAN
33
CAL
28
CLT
31
TEX
41
HOM
34
Kevin Conway CLT
35
POC
35
MCH
40
SON
28
NHA
23
DAY
14
CHI
33
IND
34
POC
31
GLN
31
Tony Raines MCH
31
RCH
38
NHA
34
MAR
32
PHO
36
Robert Richardson Jr. TAL
37
2011 David Gilliland DAY
3
PHO
22
LVS
37
BRI
27
CAL
31
MAR
33
TEX
42
TAL
9
RCH
25
DAR
32
DOV
22
CLT
33
KAN
33
POC
29
MCH
29
SON
12
DAY
16
KEN
31
NHA
25
IND
33
POC
23
GLN
33
MCH
32
BRI
24
ATL
37
RCH
27
CHI
36
NHA
32
DOV
28
KAN
32
CLT
36
TAL
22
MAR
34
TEX
32
PHO
31
HOM
33
30th 572
2012 David Ragan DAY
43
PHO
25
LVS
21
BRI
23
CAL
31
MAR
24
TEX
35
KAN
30
RCH
32
TAL
7
DAR
28
CLT
35
DOV
21
POC
27
MCH
23
SON
27
KEN
29
DAY
26
NHA
34
IND
28
POC
28
GLN
22
MCH
23
BRI
32
ATL
28
RCH
32
CHI
22
NHA
29
DOV
30
TAL
4
CLT
34
KAN
20
MAR
26
TEX
28
PHO
33
HOM
31
28th 622
2013 DAY
35
PHO
38
LVS
31
BRI
21
CAL
24
MAR
30
TEX
26
KAN
30
RCH
20
TAL
1
DAR
39
CLT
25
DOV
22
POC
37
MCH
25
SON
33
KEN
26
DAY
22
NHA
19
IND
34
POC
21
GLN
21
MCH
24
BRI
12
ATL
23
RCH
29
CHI
26
NHA
29
DOV
25
KAN
36
CLT
30
TAL
6
MAR
43
TEX
42
PHO
35
HOM
29
28th 633
2014 DAY
34
PHO
28
LVS
32
BRI
31
CAL
27
MAR
28
TEX
35
DAR
32
RCH
30
TAL
35
KAN
38
CLT
31
DOV
36
POC
18
MCH
38
SON
36
KEN
31
DAY
22
NHA
25
IND
35
POC
19
GLN
19
MCH
24
BRI
23
ATL
27
RCH
33
CHI
31
NHA
42
DOV
31
KAN
27
CLT
34
TAL
30
MAR
10
TEX
32
PHO
25
HOM
30
32nd 531
2015 DAY
17
34th 472
Joe Nemechek ATL
33
Brett Moffitt LVS
37
PHO
32
KAN
34
CLT
31
DOV
28
POC
30
MCH
33
DAY
27
KEN
32
NHA
33
IND
34
POC
31
MCH
34
BRI
30
DAR
36
RCH
35
CHI
31
NHA
27
DOV
42
CLT
30
KAN
32
MAR
35
TEX
30
PHO
36
HOM
31
Chris Buescher CAL
20
MAR
24
TEX
30
BRI
25
TAL
24
GLN
37
Reed Sorenson RCH
34
Justin Marks SON
30
Josh Wise TAL
29
2016 Chris Buescher DAY
39
ATL
28
LVS
26
PHO
30
CAL
33
MAR
33
TEX
28
BRI
21
RCH
34
TAL
37
KAN
24
DOV
18
CLT
37
POC
25
MCH
20
SON
30
DAY
40
KEN
37
NHA
29
IND
14
POC
1
GLN
30
BRI
5
MCH
35
DAR
17
RCH
24
CHI
28
NHA
30
DOV
23
CLT
16
KAN
21
TAL
22
MAR
27
TEX
21
PHO
32
HOM
24
16th 2169
2017 Landon Cassill DAY
16
ATL
22
LVS
27
PHO
28
CAL
27
MAR
27
TEX
29
BRI
32
RCH
21
TAL
29
KAN
21
CLT
28
DOV
36
POC
27
MCH
32
SON
30
DAY
19
KEN
26
NHA
23
IND
22
POC
29
GLN
36
MCH
25
BRI
35
DAR
21
RCH
39
CHI
20
NHA
25
DOV
29
CLT
25
TAL
28
KAN
23
MAR
23
TEX
26
PHO
24
HOM
23
31st 382
2018 Michael McDowell DAY
9
ATL
24
LVS
37
PHO
32
CAL
26
MAR
21
TEX
14
BRI
38
RCH
31
TAL
32
DOV
22
KAN
20
CLT
18
POC
21
MCH
25
SON
21
CHI
21
DAY
26
KEN
24
NHA
26
POC
16
GLN
18
MCH
25
BRI
37
DAR
20
IND
17
LVS
29
RCH
24
CLT
18
DOV
26
TAL
40
KAN
27
MAR
25
TEX
29
PHO
16
HOM
28
28th 493
2019 DAY
5
ATL
37
LVS
30
PHO
36
CAL
24
MAR
31
TEX
15
BRI
28
RCH
36
TAL
40
DOV
24
KAN
26
CLT
22
POC
20
MCH
27
SON
25
CHI
20
DAY
13
KEN
25
NHA
17
POC
25
GLN
16
MCH
22
BRI
37
DAR
38
IND
17
LVS
24
RCH
21
CLT
12
DOV
24
TAL
5
KAN
24
MAR
23
TEX
25
PHO
30
HOM
26
27th 485
2020 DAY
14
LVS
36
CAL
22
PHO
16
DAR
23
DAR
17
CLT
18
CLT
25
BRI
14
ATL
24
MAR
14
HOM
15
TAL
18
POC
8
POC
40
IND
7
KEN
24
TEX
15
KAN
16
NHA
19
MCH
29
MCH
28
DAY
10
DOV
26
DOV
25
DAY
14
DAR
16
RCH
25
BRI
10
LVS
21
TAL
36
CLT
32
KAN
19
TEX
26
MAR
28
PHO
23
25th 588
2021 DAY
1
DAY
8
HOM
6
LVS
17
PHO
23
ATL
19
BRI
12
MAR
31
RCH
27
TAL
3
KAN
13
DAR
27
DOV
25
COA
7
CLT
20
SON
28
NSH
16
POC
19
POC
17
ROA
30
ATL
27
NHA
25
GLN
21
IND
30
MCH
20
DAY
39
DAR
37
RCH
28
BRI
24
LVS
21
TAL
17
CLT
16
TEX
17
KAN
16
MAR
26
PHO
24
16th 2152

Car No. 35 history[edit]

No. 55 (2011)
J. J. Yeley in the No. 55 at Pocono Raceway in 2011.

In 2011, Front Row Motorsports took over the No. 55 team & equipment from Michael Waltrip Racing to field a research & development car. It debuted at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Jeff Green starting and parking. J. J. Yeley and Travis Kvapil split time between the 38 and 55 cars for the remainder of the year.

Josh Wise (2012–2013)
The No. 35 MDS Ford driven by Josh Wise at Martinsville in 2013.

In 2012, Michael Waltrip Racing reclaimed the No. 55 for its new entry for Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip; in response, Front Row Motorsports changed to the No. 26. For Daytona, the car was sponsored by presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and driven by Tony Raines. Raines qualified for the race after being one of the three fastest "go or go home" drivers during the first day of qualifying. He finished 19th but ran as high as second. Rookie of the Year candidate Josh Wise took over the car starting at Phoenix and ran the majority of the season as a start-and-park operation. The only full race for the team besides Daytona was at Sonoma Raceway where Wise finished 30th. Despite running the majority of the season, Wise lost the ROTY honors to a late entrant Stephen Leicht.

Starting in 2013, the car number was changed to No. 35, and the team attempted the full schedule with Wise.[21] Due to a lack of sponsorship, the team planned to run 20-30 full races, while starting and parking in the remaining events. Wise picked up sponsorship from Blockbuster Video and Cajun Industries for the Daytona 500,[22] where Wise finished 40th after a crash. Michael McDowell stepped into the car at Watkins Glen International with sponsor Dockside Logistics.[23] A skilled road course racer, McDowell qualified 12th but finished 38th after suspension issues. On November 26, 2013, Wise announced that he would be leaving the team,[24] moving to Phil Parsons Racing.

Multiple drivers (2014)

In 2014, the No. 35 ran with various drivers. Eric McClure attempted the 2014 Daytona 500 with longtime sponsors Hefty and Reynolds Wrap[25] but failed to qualify. Blake Koch attempted the next two races,[26] finishing 37th at Phoenix. David Reutimann was placed in the car for six races starting at Bristol, making the field at Auto Club, Texas and Richmond.[27] McClure then returned for the Aaron's 499, where he once again failed to qualify.[28] The No. 35 did not make another attempt for the rest of 2014.[29]

Cole Whitt (2015)
Whitt's No. 35 Front Row Motorsports car at Homestead–Miami Speedway in 2015

After several rumors that No. 34 driver David Ragan would be replaced with BK Racing driver Cole Whitt, in January 2015, it was announced that Whitt would move to the No. 35 team, bringing sponsors Speed Stick GEAR (10 races) and Rinnai. Crew chief Randy Cox would also move from BK Racing to head the team.[13] The owner's points for the No. 34 and No. 35 were switched, allowing Whitt a better chance of making races. Whitt successfully qualified for the Daytona 500 and finished 22nd in the race. After an up and down season, Whitt and the No. 35 finished 31st in both driver and owner points at the season's end. In 2016, Whitt moved to Premium Motorsports to drive the No. 98.[30]

David Gilliland (2016)

David Gilliland, who had been ousted from the No. 38 after Landon Cassill took over the ride, attempted the Daytona 500, but failed to qualify.[31] Gilliland did make the field however for the next restrictor-plate race at Talladega. He started 39th and finished 17th. On July 2, 2016, David Gilliland qualified the #35 car for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway and finished 19th on the lead lap during the race.[32] He then failed to make the fall Talladega race.

Car No. 35 results[edit]

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2011 Jeff Green 55 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT KAN POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA
43
48th 27
J.J. Yeley IND
DNQ
POC
43
GLN
42
MCH
43
BRI
DNQ
RCH
42
KAN
43
TAL
42
MAR
40
TEX
43
HOM
41
Travis Kvapil ATL
42
CHI
DNQ
NHA
43
DOV
43
CLT
40
PHO
43
2012 Tony Raines 26 DAY
19
40th 172
Josh Wise PHO
38
LVS
40
BRI
43
CAL
37
MAR
41
TEX
39
KAN
39
RCH
38
TAL
42
DAR
43
CLT
43
DOV
DNQ
POC
42
MCH
42
SON
30
KEN
41
DAY
37
NHA
38
IND
37
POC
37
GLN
38
MCH
40
BRI
38
ATL
DNQ
RCH
42
CHI
38
NHA
DNQ
DOV
37
TAL
43
CLT
DNQ
KAN
DNQ
MAR
38
TEX
37
PHO
37
HOM
40
2013 35 DAY
40
PHO
35
LVS
35
BRI
26
CAL
40
MAR
35
TEX
30
KAN
26
RCH
28
TAL
19
DAR
38
CLT
26
DOV
25
POC
34
MCH
40
SON
32
KEN
39
DAY
25
NHA
35
IND
38
POC
41
MCH
39
BRI
37
ATL
41
RCH
41
CHI
41
NHA
32
DOV
42
KAN
40
CLT
41
TAL
30
MAR
34
TEX
39
PHO
36
HOM
41
39th 326
Michael McDowell GLN
38
2014 Eric McClure DAY
DNQ
TAL
DNQ
KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 48th 44
Blake Koch PHO
37
LVS
DNQ
David Reutimann BRI
DNQ
CAL
29
MAR
DNQ
TEX
38
DAR
DNQ
RCH
29
2015 Cole Whitt DAY
22
ATL
37
LVS
32
PHO
25
CAL
24
MAR
22
TEX
35
BRI
27
RCH
36
TAL
13
KAN
35
CLT
28
DOV
26
POC
28
MCH
32
SON
22
DAY
25
KEN
37
NHA
28
IND
33
POC
27
GLN
21
MCH
27
BRI
29
DAR
43
RCH
38
CHI
29
NHA
24
DOV
28
CLT
38
KAN
33
TAL
22
MAR
20
TEX
27
PHO
33
HOM
28
31st 553
2016 David Gilliland DAY
DNQ
ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL
17
KAN DOV CLT POC MCH SON DAY
19
KEN NHA IND POC GLN BRI MCH DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL
DNQ
MAR TEX PHO HOM 42nd 55

Car No. 36 history[edit]

J. J. Yeley (2018)

In August 2018, Front Row Motorsports was awarded the assets of BK Racing after making the highest bid at $2.8 million. They were awarded the No. 23 charter and most of the team's equipment. The team continued to use the No. 23 on the cars for the rest of the season with Joey Gase as the driver. Israeli driver Alon Day drove the car at Richmond. The fall race at Talladega was the first time the team fielded the No. 23 as a Ford Fusion, with J. J. Yeley driving it. The team had been running as a Toyota Camry up until then.

Matt Tifft (2019)
Matt Tifft in the No. 36 at Texas Motor Speedway in 2019.

On November 27, 2018, FRM announced that the team will be renumbered to 36, with Matt Tifft as the driver for the 2019 season and competing for 2019 Rookie of the Year honors.[33] Tifft selected 36 as his racing number to honor his mentor Ken Schrader, who raced with that number in the Winston Cup Series from 2000 to 2002.[34]

Before the Atlanta race, car chief Brandon Lee was ejected from the track after the No. 36 failed pre-qualifying inspection multiple times.[35] On July 23, 2019, Front Row Motorsports announced that crew chief Mike Kelly of the No. 36 will switch to the No. 38 while Seth Barbour will transfer from the No. 38 to the No. 36 Ford for the remainder of the season.[36] Prior to the Martinsville race, Tifft was rushed to the hospital while Matt Crafton took over the No. 36 for the race weekend.[37] On October 29, Tifft revealed that he blacked out and suffered a seizure in the team's hauler. Because of this, he missed the rest of the season while John Hunter Nemechek took over the No. 36 for the final three races.[38] Tifft formally parted ways with FRM before the end of the season to recover from his medical issues.

On December 12, 2019, FRM announced that the No. 36 team will shut down for the 2020 season, reverting to a two-car operation.[19] The charter was leased to Rick Ware Racing, which uses it for the No. 53 team.[39] However, David Ragan ran the car as a #36 at the 2020 Daytona 500, finishing 4th.

David Ragan (2021)

On January 6th, 2021, it was announced that the 36 would return for the 2021 Daytona 500 with David Ragan behind the wheel. During the race, Ragan would be collected in a crash resulting in a 37th position (Despite finishing 4th in the same race the year prior, while driving for Rick Ware Racing, who used the same number for Ragan's car in said race.)

Car No. 36 results[edit]

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2019 Matt Tifft 36 Ford DAY
36
ATL
28
LVS
34
PHO
20
CAL
26
MAR
29
TEX
24
BRI
27
RCH
29
TAL
37
DOV
32
KAN
21
CLT
20
POC
33
MCH
24
SON
28
CHI
29
DAY
9
KEN
27
NHA
24
POC
23
GLN
24
MCH
25
BRI
27
DAR
27
IND
32
LVS
30
RCH
20
CLT
25
DOV
25
TAL
13
KAN
25
29th 404
Matt Crafton MAR
25
John Hunter Nemechek TEX
21
PHO
27
HOM
23
2021 David Ragan DAY
37
DAY HOM LVS PHO ATL BRI MAR RCH TAL KAN DAR DOV COA CLT SON NSH POC POC ROA ATL NHA GLN IND MCH DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT TEX KAN MAR PHO 43rd 4

Car No. 37 history[edit]

No. 61 (2006)

In April 2006, Front Row Motorsports purchased the owner points of Peak Fitness Racing. The team originally hired Peak's driver Kevin Lepage to drive however, after just one race, Lepage left Front Row Motorsports, heading to BAM Racing. Chad Chaffin took over the No. 61 car after Lepage's departure. Brian Simo drove the No. 61 car for the road course at Infineon. At the second road course of the season at Watkins Glen, Front Row Motorsports lease out the No. 61 owner points to No Fear Racing and entered the No. 92 with Johnny Miller, but he failed to qualify. After Watkins Glen, the team ran as No. 61 for the remainder of the season. Chaffin ran most of the rest of the races with Stanton Barrett driving the car at Dover and Lepage made the race at Atlanta.

No. 37 (2007–2009)
Eric McClure in the No. 37 at Daytona in 2008.

The team partnered with No. 37 of R&J Racing in 2007, however, the deal fell through early in the season, although Front Row retained the team's owner's points and car number. Bill Elliott attempted Daytona for the team and John Andretti and Chad Chaffin planned to race the car full-time. After race 4, Front Row Motorsports announced the No. 34 would run full-time, and that Andretti and Chaffin would swap positions with Lepage so that Lepage could continue full-time. Lepage failed to qualify twenty-five times and left before the end of the season. The 37 attempted the 2008 Daytona 500 with Eric McClure and sponsor Hefty, but the team failed to qualify.

The team returned to the track for the 2009 Daytona 500 with Tony Raines driving, inheriting the points from the No. 34 from the year before as a result of the merger with EGR, but did not qualify. The team has attempted other races since then, making the race at Richmond, and finished the race in 41st only after running 74 laps. They were awarded no points for the race because of being a late entry. The team also made Dover, however a flat tire early in the race ended the team's run and they finished 42nd. Kevin Hamlin attempted to make his Sprint Cup debut in the No. 37 at Kansas, however, did not qualify for the race. Travis Kvapil DNQ'd at Lowes Motor Speedway. The No. 37 was mostly a start and park entry in 2009, although the team ran the full race at Daytona with Tony Raines when they picked up sponsorship from Gander Mountain, and also Homestead with Travis Kvapil when Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort sponsored the team after David Stremme failed to qualify in the Phoenix Racing entry. Scott Eggleston crew-chiefed the car for the majority of 2009, with Buddy Sisco acting as chief during the Coke Zero 400 and Peter Sospenzo joining the team during the second half of the season. Road course ringer Tony Ave drove the #37 Long John Silver's car at Watkins Glen, placing 43rd after blowing an engine on lap 8.

Kevin Conway (2010)

For the 2010 season, the No. 37 became a full-time Ford team and rookie Kevin Conway was scheduled to drive the No. 37, with his longtime sponsor Extenze coming on board, with Peter Sospenzo as Crew Chief. The team started in the Top 35 after acquiring owner's points from former Doug Yates cars. Kvapil drove the No. 37 in the 2010 Daytona 500, as NASCAR did not give Conway approval to compete at Daytona due to a lack of superspeedway experience. Conway was unable to keep the car in the top-35 in points, so he, his sponsor, and crew (which is referred to as the Extenze/ A&W crew) would jump to whatever number was highest in points at the time to ensure he and his sponsor would qualify. Conway would eventually be released from FRM, ExtenZe removed from the car, he and his sponsor sued for lack of payment and was replaced with a rotation of NASCAR veterans Tony Raines and Dave Blaney. A&W All American Food would be displayed on the car in ExtenZe's absence, another Jenkins franchise. Peter Sospenzo & his crew remained with the A&W car until Atlanta in September, when Sospenzo and his crew moved over to the Taco Bell car of David Gilliland. Randy Seals and the former Taco Bell crew moved over to the A&W team. The No. 37 car would wind up 33rd in owners points, with Conway having a best finish of 14th at Daytona (one of only 4 finishes better than 30th for him), Blaney having a best finish of 24th at Atlanta, and Raines with a best finish of 28th at Bristol (he was running top-20 at Martinsville before a flat tire ended his day). Gilliland also ran the number occasionally with his Taco Bell crew.

Max Q Motorsports (2011)

For 2011, Robert Richardson Jr. returned to drive the Daytona 500 in the No. 37 with his father's company, North Texas Pipe, sponsoring the ride. Driver Tony Raines spotted him during the race. After Daytona, FRM struck a deal with Larry Gunselman's Max Q Motorsports to manage the No. 37 for the remainder of the year. Gunselman later purchased all assets of the team and FRM is no longer involved in the No. 37.

Car No. 37 results[edit]

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2006 Kevin Lepage 61 Dodge DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH
42
TEX
DNQ
HOM
DNQ
42nd 1484
Chad Chaffin DAR
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
MCH
DNQ
POC
DNQ
CAL
DNQ
RCH
38
NHA
34
KAN
37
CLT
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
PHO
35
Ford CLT
DNQ
POC
33
Brian Simo Chevy SON
DNQ
Chad Chaffin DAY
35
MCH
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
TAL
DNQ
Chad Blount Dodge CHI
DNQ
Ted Christopher Chevy NHA
DNQ
Derrike Cope IND
DNQ
Stanton Barrett Dodge DOV
35
Kevin Lepage Chevy ATL
43
2007 Bill Elliott 37 Dodge DAY
DNQ
49th 683
John Andretti CAL
34
LVS
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
PHO
DNQ
TAL
DNQ
Kevin Lepage BRI
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
DAR
42
CLT
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
POC
DNQ
MCH
DNQ
NHA
35
DAY
DNQ
CHI
DNQ
IND
DNQ
POC
DNQ
MCH
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
CAL RCH
DNQ
NHA
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
KAN TAL
DNQ
CLT MAR
DNQ
ATL TEX PHO HOM
Brian Simo SON
DNQ
GLN
DNQ
2008 Eric McClure Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 62nd 16
2009 Tony Raines Dodge DAY
DNQ
CAL
DNQ
LVS
DNQ
ATL BRI MCH
43
NHA
41
DAY
30
POC
42
MCH
DNQ
BRI
42
ATL
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
NHA
43
DOV
43
CAL
DNQ
45th 814
Chevy MAR
DNQ
TEX PHO TAL RCH
41
DAR CLT DOV
42
POC
DNQ
CHI
DNQ
IND TEX
DNQ
PHO
43
Chris Cook Dodge SON
DNQ
Tony Ave GLN
43
Kevin Hamlin KAN
DNQ
Travis Kvapil CLT
DNQ
MAR
43
TAL
Chevy HOM
37
2010 Ford DAY
29
SON
24
IND
24
GLN
30
33rd 2579
Kevin Conway CAL
31
LVS
36
ATL
31
BRI
28
DAR
33
DOV
30
David Gilliland MAR
19
PHO
32
TEX
29
RCH
31
CLT
26
POC
33
MCH
35
NHA
35
CHI
32
POC
30
MCH
36
ATL
20
RCH
37
NHA
33
KAN
32
MAR
37
TAL
33
PHO
38
HOM
25
Robert Richardson Jr. TAL
26
DAY
23
Tony Raines BRI
28
DOV
31
Dave Blaney CAL
29
CLT
32
TEX
42
2011 Robert Richardson Jr. DAY
38
PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT KAN POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 39th 186

Car No. 38 history[edit]

David Gilliland (2010)

Front Row Motorsports added a third team in 2010, with David Gilliland as the primary driver and Robert Richardson, Jr. sharing the ride for at least 3 races throughout the year. Randy Seals comes from Richard Petty Motorsports as crew chief. Richardson ran the 2010 Daytona 500 with sponsorship from Mahindra Tractors, with Gilliland displaying Taco Bell for the other races. The team allied with Doug Yates in February 2010 and earned Top 35 exemptions for the first five races of 2010 from a former Yates Racing entry. Gilliland and his Randy Seals lead Taco Bell crew swapped between the No. 38 and No. 37 throughout the season. Kevin Conway and Dave Blaney ran races under No. 38 with the ExtenZe/A&W crew and Kvapil ran races with the No. 38 and his LJS's crew. At Pocono in August, with Kvapil and his then crew chief Steven Lane in the No. 38, it was determined the car had an illegal valve stem in one of the tires, resulting in a 150-point deduction for the No. 38 car, the suspension & fining of crew chief Steven Lane, suspension of car chief Richard Bourgeois and tire specialist Michael Harrold. Steven Lane was released from the team soon thereafter and replaced by Brian Burns on the LJS's team. The team never regained top-35 status, missing races and finishing 36th in points. Gilliland and his Taco Bell crew had a best finish of 19th twice, at Martinsville and Sonoma.

Travis Kvapil (2011)
Travis Kvapil in the No. 38 at Pocono Raceway in 2011.

For 2011, Travis Kvapil returned to FRM to drive the No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford, however, Kvapil opted to run for the Camping World Truck Series championship. The No. 38 was locked into the field following Daytona, as Penske Racing's/Rusty Wallace Racing's No. 77 did not run past Daytona and in turn, gave up its locked-in spot to the No. 38. Bill Henderson joined FRM as crew chief of the No. 38 following a stint at Prism Motorsports in 2010, however parted ways with the team following the race at Las Vegas. Jay Guy joined as crew chief at California.

Kvapil missed two races due to Truck Series obligations, and after the debut of the No. 55 car and the signing of J. J. Yeley, the two drivers split time in both the No. 38 and No. 55 cars for the duration of the season.

David Gilliland (2012–2015)
David Gilliland in the No. 38 at Sonoma Raceway in 2014.

For 2012, David Gilliland returned to the No. 38, after driving the team's No. 34 in 2011. The team had also signed ModSpace / United Rentals to a multi-race primary sponsorship of the No. 38 beginning at Texas in April. Pat Tryson was the No. 38's crew chief.[40] The team has also signed Maximum Human Performance to a multi-race sponsorship beginning with the Daytona 500. FRM would have a variety of other sponsors throughout the season. Gilliland would end up 28th in points.

In 2013, David Gilliland continued driving the No. 38 full-time for FRM. In the 2013 Aaron's 499, Gilliland pushed teammate Ragan to the checked flag, producing a 1-2 finish for Front Row.[1] Gilliland went on to record two top-10s on the season and finish 26th in points.

In 2014, Gilliland returned to the No. 38. Love's Travel Stops stepped up their sponsorship of the team to 12 races.[12] The team started the season slowly and struggled, especially at the intermediate tracks. The No. 38 team would rebound and Gilliland won the pole at the summer Daytona race, the first pole for FRM.

Gilliland returned to the No. 38 for 2015, with Love's Travel Stops further stepping up their sponsorship to 18 races.[41] Gilliland began the season by finishing 11th in the Daytona 500. The No. 38 also picked up sponsorship from Farm Rich during Talladega (a sponsor of FRM's No. 34 car). After an up and down season, Gilliland was released from the team after six years.

Landon Cassill (2016)

In 2016, FRM announced an alliance with Roush-Fenway Racing. On January 20, 2016, it was announced that FRM signed Landon Cassill full-time driving the No. 38 Ford, bringing his sponsor Snap Fitness for a few races as well as Florida Lottery. Cassill ended the season finishing 29th in points.

David Ragan (2017–2019)
David Ragan in the No. 38 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2018.

On December 16, 2016, it was announced that Cassill would shift to the newly open No. 34 car and that David Ragan would rejoin FRM to drive the No. 38. Prior to the 2017 Daytona 500, Ragan acquired sponsorship from Camping World and Jacob Companies.[42] Ragan ended 2017 with three Top 10s and a 30th-place points finish.

Ragan improved vastly in 2018. While he only scored one top 10 finish, at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring, he posted 16 top 20s, including four in the last five races of the season, and finished a team-best 25th in the final points standings.

Ragan returned to the team in 2019. On July 23, 2019, Front Row Motorsports announced that crew chief Mike Kelly of the No. 36 will switch to the No. 38 while Seth Barbour will transfer from the No. 38 to the No. 36 Ford for the remainder of the season.[36] Ragan retired from full-time competition at the end of the 2019 season.

John Hunter Nemechek (2020)

On December 12, 2019, FRM announced that John Hunter Nemechek will replace Ragan as the driver of the No. 38 Ford for the 2020 season and will compete for the 2020 NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors. In addition, Barbour will return as the team's crew chief.[19] Nemechek was the highest-finishing rookie at the Daytona 500, coming home 14th and scoring three top-10s, including two 8th-place finishes at both Talladega races. However, inconsistency plagued the team and he ended the season 27th in points.

On November 16, 2020, Nemechek parted ways with FRM.[43]

Anthony Alfredo (2021)
Anthony Alfredo in the No. 38 at Sonoma Raceway in 2021.

On January 6, 2021, it was announced that Anthony Alfredo would replace John Hunter Nemechek as the driver of the No. 38 Ford for the 2021 season.[44]

On November 9, 2021, Alfredo parted ways with FRM.

Todd Gilliland (2022)

On November 30, 2021, it was announced that Todd Gilliland would replace Alfredo as the driver of the No. 38 Ford for the 2022 season.[45]

Car No. 38 results[edit]

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2010 Robert Richardson Jr. 38 Ford DAY
31
36th 2454
David Gilliland CAL
26
LVS
30
ATL
26
BRI
23
DAR
35
DOV
25
SON
19
IND
DNQ
GLN
27
BRI
26
DOV
30
CAL
20
CLT
28
TEX
29
Kevin Conway MAR
31
PHO
33
TEX
27
TAL
30
RCH
37
Travis Kvapil CLT
28
POC
22
MCH
31
DAY
34
CHI
31
POC
29
MCH
30
RCH
35
NHA
32
MAR
35
TAL
DNQ
PHO
34
Dave Blaney ATL
24
KAN
31
HOM
36
2011 Travis Kvapil DAY
32
PHO
39
LVS
33
BRI
26
CAL
35
MAR
37
TEX
DNQ
TAL
29
RCH
30
DAR
26
DOV
31
CLT
25
KAN
34
MCH
31
DAY
29
KEN
29
IND
DNQ
POC
31
MCH
28
BRI
37
RCH
28
KAN
27
TAL
21
MAR
16
TEX
31
HOM
22
35th 494
Sam Hornish Jr. POC
35
Tony Ave SON
DNQ
J.J. Yeley NHA
23
ATL
25
CHI
34
NHA
27
DOV
34
CLT
22
PHO
28
Terry Labonte GLN
34
2012 David Gilliland DAY
23
PHO
28
LVS
33
BRI
26
CAL
30
MAR
28
TEX
31
KAN
27
RCH
36
TAL
13
DAR
25
CLT
26
DOV
40
POC
23
MCH
27
SON
26
KEN
28
DAY
31
NHA
27
IND
27
POC
21
GLN
20
MCH
18
BRI
20
ATL
31
RCH
31
CHI
28
NHA
32
DOV
32
TAL
15
CLT
23
KAN
23
MAR
30
TEX
35
PHO
36
HOM
33
31st 605
2013 DAY
38
PHO
37
LVS
28
BRI
24
CAL
29
MAR
28
TEX
32
KAN
23
RCH
27
TAL
2
DAR
29
CLT
20
DOV
37
POC
24
MCH
22
SON
24
KEN
28
DAY
15
NHA
18
IND
35
POC
39
GLN
25
MCH
37
BRI
25
ATL
17
RCH
23
CHI
28
NHA
39
DOV
30
KAN
24
CLT
29
TAL
7
MAR
23
TEX
26
PHO
24
HOM
27
27th 648
2014 DAY
36
PHO
39
LVS
30
BRI
22
CAL
38
MAR
26
TEX
22
DAR
28
RCH
20
TAL
40
KAN
37
CLT
43
DOV
29
POC
28
MCH
26
SON
21
KEN
30
DAY
35
NHA
24
IND
36
POC
17
GLN
22
MCH
21
BRI
25
ATL
28
RCH
29
CHI
34
NHA
27
DOV
33
KAN
30
CLT
32
TAL
29
MAR
22
TEX
34
PHO
24
HOM
31
30th 554
2015 DAY
11
ATL
22
LVS
23
PHO
29
CAL
35
MAR
25
TEX
28
BRI
18
RCH
31
TAL
20
KAN
32
CLT
33
DOV
25
POC
27
MCH
42
SON
43
DAY
40
KEN
29
NHA
21
IND
29
POC
33
GLN
33
MCH
32
BRI
36
DAR
27
RCH
33
CHI
32
NHA
28
DOV
30
CLT
27
KAN
36
TAL
32
MAR
24
TEX
29
PHO
30
HOM
32
32nd 533
2016 Landon Cassill DAY
23
ATL
36
LVS
28
PHO
25
CAL
16
MAR
28
TEX
25
BRI
22
RCH
27
TAL
11
KAN
31
DOV
19
CLT
27
POC
36
MCH
25
SON
29
DAY
31
KEN
29
NHA
28
IND
20
POC
30
GLN
23
BRI
20
MCH
39
DAR
30
RCH
36
CHI
29
NHA
29
DOV
29
CLT
19
KAN
27
TAL
21
MAR
29
TEX
29
PHO
20
HOM
21
31st 530
2017 David Ragan DAY
25
ATL
23
LVS
29
PHO
35
CAL
31
MAR
24
TEX
28
BRI
23
RCH
19
TAL
10
KAN
17
CLT
23
DOV
30
POC
25
MCH
29
SON
31
DAY
6
KEN
24
NHA
29
IND
38
POC
22
GLN
27
MCH
30
BRI
17
DAR
25
RCH
27
CHI
29
NHA
29
DOV
21
CLT
37
TAL
10
KAN
17
MAR
28
TEX
30
PHO
33
HOM
17
30th 447
2018 DAY
30
ATL
23
LVS
23
PHO
22
CAL
25
MAR
25
TEX
23
BRI
12
RCH
33
TAL
6
DOV
27
KAN
13
CLT
25
POC
16
MCH
38
SON
22
CHI
38
DAY
15
KEN
18
NHA
29
POC
19
GLN
26
MCH
27
BRI
17
DAR
18
IND
24
LVS
27
RCH
23
CLT
16
DOV
24
TAL
39
KAN
19
MAR
18
TEX
24
PHO
20
HOM
20
26th 524
2019 DAY
30
ATL
16
LVS
28
PHO
25
CAL
25
MAR
26
TEX
25
BRI
21
RCH
28
TAL
23
DOV
26
KAN
27
CLT
15
POC
30
MCH
34
SON
20
CHI
23
DAY
38
KEN
29
NHA
34
POC
36
GLN
22
MCH
16
BRI
36
DAR
26
IND
20
LVS
22
RCH
19
CLT
35
DOV
27
TAL
29
KAN
26
MAR
11
TEX
35
PHO
36
HOM
27
31st 388
2020 John Hunter Nemechek DAY
11
LVS
24
CAL
25
PHO
25
DAR
9
DAR
35
CLT
16
CLT
13
BRI
13
ATL
23
MAR
25
HOM
19
TAL
8
POC
24
POC
19
IND
15
KEN
36
TEX
22
KAN
19
NHA
36
MCH
36
MCH
23
DAY
35
DOV
24
DOV
20
DAY
11
DAR
36
RCH
30
BRI
20
LVS
20
TAL
8
CLT
36
KAN
17
TEX
22
MAR
26
PHO
26
28th 534
2021 Anthony Alfredo DAY
32
DAY
22
HOM
24
LVS
24
PHO
37
ATL
27
BRI
39
MAR
26
RCH
31
TAL
12
KAN
23
DAR
26
DOV
28
COA
18
CLT
25
SON
31
NSH
17
POC
26
POC
34
ROA
37
ATL
26
NHA
32
GLN
26
IND
38
MCH
34
DAY
26
DAR
24
RCH
26
BRI
35
LVS
27
TAL
10
CLT
26
TEX
29
KAN
38
MAR
20
PHO
34
30th 352

Car No. 92 history[edit]

No. 92 (2005–2006)

FRM fielded the No. 92 Chevy for multiple drivers in 2005. It debuted at the 2005 Daytona 500 with Stanton Barrett driving, but it did not qualify. After missing the next three races, the team finally got into a race at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Barrett finished 41st after suffering oil pressure problems. After the spring Dover race, Tony Raines drove the car at the Chevy American Revolution 400 at Richmond International Raceway, finishing 35th. Then Hermie Sadler and Eric McClure began sharing the ride, although McClure did not qualify for a race in the car. Johnny Miller ran the car at Watkins Glen, finishing 29th. Another driver, Chad Chaffin, also took over driving duties, failing to qualify in his initial attempt at Martinsville Speedway, and then qualifying 43rd the next week at Atlanta Motor Speedway before surrendering the car to Bobby Hamilton Jr.. Late in the year, the team formed an equipment-sharing partnership with Mach 1 Racing, and that eventually turned into the team moving into Mach 1's shop and hiring their old crew.

Chad Chaffin began the 2006 season with the No. 92 team, however, after two races he was moved to the No. 34 team. Chad Blount would then take over the car until Talladega where FRM decided the team shut down the No. 92 operation. The team just made one of the nine races it attempted and cited lack of performance as a reason for the team's shut down.

Car No. 92 results[edit]

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2005 Stanton Barrett 92 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAL
DNQ
LVS
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
BRI
41
MAR
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
PHO
30
TAL
DNQ
DAR
31
DOV
34
SON
DNQ
41st 1395
Tony Raines RCH
35
CLT
DNQ
IND
DNQ
Hermie Sadler POC
DNQ
DAY
30
NHA
DNQ
POC
DNQ
BRI
30
RCH
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
Eric McClure MCH
DNQ
MCH
DNQ
Kenny Wallace CHI
DNQ
Johnny Miller GLN
29
Hermie Sadler Dodge CAL
42
Joey McCarthy NHA
31
Mike Skinner Chevy TAL
QL
P. J. Jones Dodge KAN
41
Chevy CLT
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
PHO
DNQ
Chad Chaffin MAR
DNQ
ATL
QL
HOM
DNQ
2006 DAY
DNQ
CAL 58th 168
Randy LaJoie 64 Dodge LVS
DNQ
Chad Blount 92 ATL
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
MAR
42
TEX
DNQ
PHO
DNQ
TAL
DNQ
RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND
Johnny Miller Chevy GLN
DNQ
MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM
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Nationwide Series[edit]

Eric McClure (2008)

In 2008, Front Row Motorsports focused their efforts on the Nationwide Series, with Eric McClure driving the No. 24 Hefty Chevrolet, with a best finish of 15th at Talladega Superspeedway. McClure ran the full season, except for the road courses where Brian Simo ran the No. 24 car.

The team also attempted to buy out the fledgling Specialty Racing team, for a time fielding the No. 61 Cone Solvents Chevrolet with driver Kevin Lepage. However, after the July race at Daytona, Specialty Racing hired Brandon Whitt to drive the No. 61, and returned to Ford, disregarding the supposed buyout, leading Front Row Motorsports and Kevin Lepage to file a lawsuit against the team. McClure, meanwhile, finished the year 21st in points. McClure left the team at the end of the 2008 season, bringing sponsor Hefty and the No. 24 to Team Rensi Motorsports.

Tony Raines (2009–2010)

In 2009, Front Row Motorsports ran the No. 34 Chevrolet Impala SS with veteran Tony Raines returning to the series full-time. Scott Eggleston crew-chiefed the car, who has been with FRM since 2007. The entry was mostly unsponsored, with Jenkins advertising his Long John Silver's franchises on the car. Raines and his team were able to drive to 4th at the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway, FRM's first-ever top-ten or top-five in either series, in addition to a fifteenth-place finish at Las Vegas and Richmond. Later in the season, he had a sixth-place finish in the rain at the NAPA Auto Parts 200, and a strong 10th-place finish at Lowes Motor Speedway, finishing the year 12th in drivers points.

It was announced that Front Row Motorsports would lease their Nationwide team, running Chevrolets, to TriStar Motorsports in 2010 after FRM's announcement to become a factory-backed Ford team. The partnership ended with TriStar Motorsports purchasing all remaining assets of FRM's Nationwide team. FRM is no longer involved in the Nationwide Series.

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Truck No. 38 history[edit]

The No. 38 FRM truck of Todd Gilliland at Pocono Raceway in 2020
Todd Gilliland (2020–2021)

On January 13, 2020, FRM announced they would attempt the full 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season with Todd Gilliland driving the No. 38 Ford.[46]

Gilliland returned to the No. 38 in 2021.[47] Todd Gilliland won his second career Truck series at Circuit of the Americas, his first win for FRM.

Zane Smith (2022)

On November 30, 2021, it was announced that Zane Smith will drive the No. 38 truck for 2022 season replacing Gilliland who move to FRM No. 38 Cup Car.[48]

Truck No. 38 results[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Owners Pts
2020 Todd Gilliland 38 Ford DAY
16
LVS
7
CLT
37
ATL
4
HOM
6
POC
4
KEN
10
TEX
27
KAN
10
KAN
20
MCH
5
DAY
33
DOV
4
GTW
24*
DAR
7
RCH
17
BRI
14
LVS
13
TAL
28
KAN
13
TEX
31
MAR
32
PHO
9
12th 603
2021 DAY
31
DAY
4
LVS
13
ATL
17
BRI
4
RCH
6
KAN
6
DAR
15
COA
1
CLT
5
TEX
7
NSH
2
POC
7
KNX
4
GLN
4
GTW
29
DAR
4
BRI
10
LVS
5
TAL
3
MAR
25*
PHO
8
4th 4029

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