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Front Row Motorsports Reveals 2020 Plans

As a matter of fact, Front Row Motorsports seems prime for 2020. (Photo Credit: Josh Jones/TPF)

As a matter of fact, Front Row Motorsports seems prime for 2020. (Photo Credit: Josh Jones/TPF)

At the conclusion of the 2019 NASCAR season, many fans left wondering what was next for Front Row Motorsports. With David Ragan revealing his retirement in August and Matt Tifft facing medical issues in October, this left two rides open.

Of course, Silly Season rumors speculated on the hirings and firings, per usual. But the news on December 12 put the whisperings to bed and the light finally shone on the FRM plans.

First of all, the organization shared it would scale back to two cars after only one season as a three-car team.

Secondly came the naming of the drivers. Michael McDowell, along with crew chief Drew Blickensderfer, will return to the No. 34. This will mark year two for the duo.

Image of the number 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford Mustang driven by Michael McDowell; NASCAR car is sitting on pit road at Martinsville Speedway.

Certainly, Michael McDowell is ready to build on the momentum and float into 2020. (Photo Credit: Michael Guariglia/The Podium Finish.)


In addition, John Hunter Nemechek, who was the substitute for Matt Tifft in the final three races of the 2019 season, is slated to drive the No. 38 full-time. He will have crew chief Seth Barbour in command.

Image of the number Front Row Motorsports NASCAR driver John Hunter Nemechek being interviewed by Rob rob Tiongson.

It is without a doubt that John Hunter Nemechek is fully focused on 2020. (Photo Credit: Sean Folsom/The Podium Finish.)


Furthermore, Rocky Ryan, preciously Ragan’s spotter, will move to become McDowell’s ‘eye in the sky’ on race days. Chris Osborne will join FRM as Nemechek’s spotter. 

Moreover, Nemechek will race for the Cup Series Rookie of the Year along with at least three other drivers.

While there is no word yet on new or returning sponsors, it is likely that information will crop up over the next few months. 

In all, having inked these contracts, this allows the two teams to now turn their full attention to 2020 as they set goals and prepare to start the season strong at Daytona. 

Be sure to follow Front Row Motorsports and their drivers (Michael McDowell and John Hunter Nemechek) on Twitter  to stay up-to-date on all the team and driver news for the 2020 NASCAR season.

As a life-long NASCAR fan and lover of words, I'm fortunate enough to put the two together here at The Podium Finish to bring our readers and motorsports fans news, features, and interviews from the world of wheels. Originally from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, I moved westward to graduate from Middle Tennessee State University. I now reside in central North Carolina with my husband, our three boys, and our dog, Charlotte. While my heart is at the race track, I also enjoy watching baseball, as well as college football and basketball. 

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