It’s been a busy morning thus far in the NASCAR world. Front Row Motorsports announced their anticipated driver lineup for their Cup and Truck Series organizations.
For the NASCAR Cup Series, Michael McDowell will return to his seat in the No. 34 Ford. It will be the fourth straight year that the Arizona native has driven this ride as for the third consecutive season, he will be paired with crew chief Drew Blickensderfer.
McDowell, 36, had four top 10 finishes in 2020 and finished a career high 23rd in the final standings.
“Michael has really solidified his place as our veteran leader,” Jenkins said via a team release. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that has helped us continue to grow our program.”
Joining McDowell with FRM on the full time car is Anthony Alfredo. He replaces John Hunter Nemechek in the No. 38 Ford.
Alfredo, 21, ran part time for RCR in the Xfinity Series in 2020. The Connecticut native was a member of the 2018 NASCAR Next class, will be a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate competing in his first full NASCAR national series campaign, with his Cup Series debut set for next month’s Daytona 500. Alfredo will be partnered with Seth Barbour, who first joined FRM’s Cup Series crew chief rotation in 2017.
“This is really an unbelievable moment,” Alfredo said. “When you start out racing karts as a kid, you dream of making it to the sport’s top level. I want to thank Bob Jenkins and everyone at Front Row Motorsports for making this dream a reality. I know the challenges ahead, but I’m here to work hard and prove myself.”
Also, the team will add a third car for the Daytona 500 again with David Ragan in the No. 36 Ford. Ragan, 35, retired from full-time NASCAR competition after the 2019 campaign, but this year will mark his second straight one-off entry in the Daytona 500. Last season’s effort in The Great American Race yielded a fourth-place finish.
Ragan will again be paired with crew chief Derrick Finley in FRM’s No. 36 Ford. He has two NASCAR Cup Series victories, the most recent of which was Front Row’s first, scored in 2013 at Talladega Superspeedway.
On top of that, Todd Gilliland will return to the No. 38 Ford in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well. Gilliland, 20, will work with crew chief Chris Lawson again. They had four top fives and make the playoffs a year ago.
This will be the second generation drivers third season in the Truck Series.