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Roush Fenway Racing, Front Row Motorsports create alliance for 2016

Roush Fenway Racing will provide technical support and equipment to Front Row Motorsports as part of a new technical alliance starting in 2016.

It also will provide a driver.

Chris Buescher, the 2015 Xfinity Series champion, will drive full time in the Front Row No. 34 car on loan from Roush Fenway in 2016, Roush Fenway Racing announced Thursday. The 23-year-old Buescher drove in six races in the No. 34 car in 2015, with a best finish of 20th at Auto Club Speedway.

Scott Graves, who was crew chief for Buescher's title run in 2015, is expected to crew chief for Buescher at Front Row as part of the alliance.

"Not only will [this alliance] foster increased communication within the Ford camp, it will allow our newest champion Chris Buescher to continue to hone his skills with substantial seat time behind the wheel in the Sprint Cup Series in top-grade equipment," Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark said in a statement.

Front Row, an underfunded team, fielded three full-time cars -- for David Gilliland, Cole Whitt and then the No. 34 car for a variety of drivers, including Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Brett Moffitt -- and is expected to field two cars in 2016. The driver of its second car will be announced on a later date, according to Roush Fenway Racing.