#34 Front Row Motorsports Team News and Links

Front Row Motorsports
Michael McDowell
Roush & Yates Engines Parts

Love's Travel Stops (18 races)(2018?)
Love's Travel Stops Racing
K-LOVE Radio (5 races)


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Michael McDowell - YouTube
Love's Travel Stops - Twitter
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K-LOVE - Facebook

Michael McDowell - ESPN
Michael McDowell - RacingReference.info

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Races [18] that Love's Travel Stops is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Daytona - 2/18
Atlanta - 3/25
Las Vegas - 3/4
Auto Club - 3/18
Texas - 4/8
Bristol - 4/15
Talladega - 4/29
Kansas - 5/11
Sonoma - 6/24
Chicago - 7/1
Kentucky - 7/14
Bristol - 8/18
Darlington, 9/2
Las Vegas - 9/16 (Speedco)
Talladega - 10/14 (Speedco)
Texas - 11/4
Phoenix - 11/11
Homestead - 11/12 (Speedco)

Races [5] that K-LOVE is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Phoenix - 3/11
Richmond - 4/21
Daytona - 7/7
Watkins Glen - 8/5
Charlotte - 9/30

Races [?] that Starkey Hearing Foundation is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
New Hampshire - 7/22

Contract Status: Driver: 2018+; Primary Sponsors: Love Travel Stops 2018?; K-LOVE 2018?

#34 Team / Driver News

Matt Tifft joins Front Row Motorsports: Bob Jenkins will expand his Front Row Motorsports team in 2019, signing Matt Tifft to drive a third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry, the No. 36 Ford Mustang. Veterans Michael McDowell and David Ragan will return to drive the Nos. 34 and 38 Ford Mustangs and mentor the 22-year-old Tifft in his Cup series rookie season. Tifft finished sixth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship this season, earning six top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in his 2018 campaign with Richard Childress Racing, making it to the Round of 8 in the series playoffs. In four XFINITY series seasons, the young driver has nine top-five and 38 top-10 finishes, and two poles.[More](11-27-2018)

Luber-finer joins Love's on No. 34 for two races: Love's Travel Stops (Love's) will introduce another new partner to its race program with Front Row Motorsports. Luber-finer® will be the co-primary sponsor of Michael McDowell's No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford for two November races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The heavy-duty filter company will co-sponsor the Front Row Motorsports entry for events at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 4 and ISM Raceway (Phoenix, Ariz.) on Nov. 11. The two-race program is the company's first motorsports marketing partnership.[More](10-23-2018)

Coburn Supply Company joins McDowell for Kansas: Coburn Supply Company will be on the No. 34 Ford for the weekend.[More](10-17-2018)

Speedco on the #34 for three races: Michael McDowell's Love's Travel Stops Ford will turn Speedco blue for three races this season. The national network of service locations for the trucking industry will be the primary partner for the No. 34 team at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. The three-race program will highlight Speedco partner Shell Rotella® heavy duty diesel engine oil as a co-primary partner.[More](9-6-2018)

McDowell's No. 34 to pay tribute to Andretti's 'Race for Riley' efforts at Indianapolis: When Front Row Motorsports' No. 34 Ford hits Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, Michael McDowell's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car will already be celebrating a different race win. A commemorative paint scheme on the No. 34 will celebrate the 22nd year of the Kroger Race for Riley, presented by Pepsi, a charity go-kart race that benefits Riley Hospital for Children. The 2018 event is scheduled for Wednesday at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park.[More](9-4-2018)

McDowell's Darlington throwback replicates the first Love's Travel Stop: "Darlington throwback weekend is always neat. I'm not a history buff on the sport, so it's really fun when people have the throwback schemes, and I go back and look and read the stories - the who's, the why's and the what's. It's been very educational for me. And Love's Travel Stops gets into it, too, with their throwback scheme going back to the look of their first travel stop."[More](8-29-2018)

Front Row Motorsports among bidders for BK Racing: Two more groups have since submitted bids [for BK Racing], which much be approved by NASCAR. According to [Mike Beam of GMS Racing], those groups are Front Row Motorsports and one headed up by former BK Racing owner Ron Devine.[More](8-15-2018)

Starkey Hearing Foundation partners with McDowell at New Hampshire: Starkey Hearing Foundation, a charity that provides the gift of hearing to those in need, will return to Front Row Motorsports' No. 34 Ford, partnering with Michael McDowell for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Starkey Hearing Foundation collaborates with local and national governments, nonprofits and health leaders around the world to identify patients and fit them with hearing devices.[More](7-17-2018)

Michael McDowell to make 250th Cup start: The 2018 Daytona 500 will be McDowell's 250th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start. His first start came at Martinsville in March of 2008, driving the #00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing.[More](2-13-2018)

K-LOVE extends partnership with McDowell: K-LOVE Radio will join Michael McDowell in his move to Front Row Motorsports, partnering with the No. 34 Ford team for five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. K-LOVE is known nationally for its "Positive & Encouraging" message and has been part of McDowell's racing career since 2010. On the 2018 schedule, K-LOVE will be showcased on the No. 34 Ford at ISM Raceway (March), Richmond International Raceway (April), Daytona International Speedway (July), Watkins Glen International (August) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (September).[More](1-23-2018)

Love's Travel Stops returns to Front Row, Finley to crew chief: The Love's Travel Stops and Front Row Motorsports partnership will extend into a sixth season in 2018. The familiar yellow and red Love's paint scheme will return to the No. 34 Ford Fusion for 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races with driver Michael McDowell. Derrick Finley will be the one calling the shots atop the No. 34 pit box in 2018. Finley has been named crew chief for McDowell's team after serving in the same role for Front Row Motorsports' No. 38 team in 2017.[More](1-22-2018)

David Ragan talks about 2018: There's quite a bit of changes in store for David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports in 2018. Entering his 12th full-time Cup season and his fifth overall season with the team owned by Bob Jenkins, Ragan will have a new teammate in veteran Michael McDowell. When McDowell was announced as Ragan's new teammate on Dec. 14, Front Row also announced an expanded technical alliance with fellow Ford team, Roush Fenway Racing.[More](12-28-2017)

Front Row Motorsports bolsters 2018 program with enhanced Ford partnership to field cars for Ragan, McDowell: Front Row Motorsports will step up its two-car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program in 2018 with an elevated partnership with Ford Performance. The Bob Jenkins-owned team will put experience behind the wheel of its Fords, re-signing veteran David Ragan and adding free agent Michael McDowell to the driver roster. The 2018 season will mark Front Row Motorsports' ninth with Ford Performance, the team's manufacturing partner since expanding to a multi-car organization in 2010. The agreement will include an expanded technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing.[More](12-14-2017)

Bank suing Front Row Motorsports for ownership of team charter: A lawsuit filed earlier this month could play a role in determining the 2018 Daytona 500 field as a North Carolina court determines who owns the charter that Front Row Motorsports bought from BK Racing for $2 million prior to the 2017 season. Union Bank & Trust in Virginia filed a lawsuit Nov. 17 in North Carolina Superior Court, asking for the court to declare it has rights to what was originally BK Racing's No. 83 car charter, alleging that BK Racing owes it $9.1 million on a loan that included its two charters as collateral.[More](11-28-2017)

Front Row Motorsports to stay with Ford, no Toyota; McDowell & Ragan? Although it had been rumored that Toyota Racing Development was courting the two-car operation owned by Bob Jenkins, on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, general manager Jerry Freeze said he expects to stay the course with Ford. In addition, Ford sweetened the deal by offering FRM a Tier 1 engine program. Roush Fenway Racing will also provide superspeedway and road course cars for Front Row so the organization can focus on its intermediate program. FRM was 'really, really close' to re-signing with Ford. Front Row wanted to put the manufacturer piece together before shoring up its roster. Michael McDowell appears to be in line for Landon Cassill's seat.(Motorsport), No word on the use of their third charter, which in 2017 has been leased to #72 TriStar Motorsports team.[Read More Here](10-31-2017)

Cassill will not return to Front Row Motorsports in 2018 UPDATE: At just 28 years old, Landon Cassill has already made 253 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series. If it's possible for a Millennial to be considered a veteran driver, that's Cassill. But the journey will have to continue elsewhere next season. Cassill said he was informed Monday he will not return to Front Row Motorsports in 2018, and he will now begin the process of finding a new ride. Cassill said via phone call on Tuesday he was not told why he was out of a ride, other than the team was making "radical changes" for next season. In a statement to this website, the team said it was appreciative for his time there but offered no further details.(10-10-2017)
UPDATE: Jerry Freeze told a small group of reporters that this could be the first of several decisions to change the overall dynamic of the midtier program. "As it concerns Landon, we're just trying to improve our program and thought we had some opportunities that would put us in a better place. "There's a lot of cards still left to be dealt and try to figure out what's going to put us in the best place competitively as an organization. So I don't know. There may be more changes to come with some of the folks we got around our program and hopefully partners -- some coming on board, new ones, and stuff that we're talking about that I think is going to be really exciting."[More](10-16-2017)

Front Row Motorsports undecided on use of third charter: Front Row Motorsports is still "weighing that out" when it comes to potentially expanding to a third car next season. "Obviously, expanding to another team is a big undertaking, not just in dollars but space, people, all of that," Freeze told RACER. "We're certainly not - I think - planning on it right now, today. It's in the back of my mind, for sure."[More](4-1-2017)

Front Row buys charter from BK Racing, leases it to TriStar: Front Row Motorsports completed the purchase of a Charter Member Agreement from BK Racing to give the team three guaranteed entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. NASCAR transferred ownership of the charter, which was used by BK Racing's #83 team in 2016, on December 6. Front Row Motorsports will lease the newly acquired charter to TriStar Motorsports for the 2017 season as FRM prepares to expand to three chartered cars in 2018. The Bob Jenkins-owned team currently fields two entries with NASCAR charters, the #34 driven by Landon Cassill and the #38 of David Ragan. The organization has steadily grown since its full-time entry into the series in 2009, earning its second win and first playoff berth in 2016. The team will focus on building on those accomplishments with its two existing cars in 2017 as it prepares its infrastructure for expansion in 2018.(Front Row Motorsports)(2-3-2017)

4th ever win for car #34: When Chris Buescher won the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2016, it was only the 4th time a car running the #34 won a Sprint Cup Series race. The last win in #34 was when David Ragan won the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega on May 5, 2013 for the third win. The other two wins were big milestones in NASCAR history. NASCAR Hall of Famer driver Wendell Scott won at Jacksonville on December 1, 1963, the only African-American to win a Cup race. The first win by the #34 was by Jim Roper at Charlotte in June 1949, the first ever NASCAR race. For more info on car number wins and some history, see Jayski.com's Wins by Car Number page.(8-2-2016)

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