Front Row Motorsports will have a different driver behind the wheel of the No. 34 next season. Current No. 34 driver Landon Cassill was told Monday he will not return to the team for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
In a phone call with ESPN/Jayski, Cassill said that he was not told why he would not return for next season, other than the idea that the team was going to be making “radical changes” for the 2017 season.
In response to the announcement, Landon Cassill said on Twitter, “Never said it would be easy.”
Never said it would be easy https://t.co/SXOGFmU6Or
— landon cassill (@landoncassill) October 10, 2017
Read our interview with Cassill from back at Richmond Raceway earlier this season.
In that interview, the sophomore FRM driver had said that their team owner, Bob Jenkins doesn’t make snap decisions.
“I just feel like there’s a lot of good long game ideas and he doesn’t make knee-jerk reactions and decisions that that ultimately never get some of these small teams out of the rut of being small teams,” the No. 34 driver said.
Front Row Motorsports 2018 Plans
The combination of the fact that Jenkins currently has three charters for two cars and the mentality that Cassill alluded to makes us think Jenkins and the rest of Front Row Motorsports has a plan for 2018 and beyond.
Third FRM Charter
With FRM’s third charter currently being leased to Tri-Star Motorsports, rules have it having to be utilized in house next year, or sold off on the open market. Current charter rules stipulate that charter owners may transfer their Charter to another team, for one full season, once over the first five years of the agreement. That means that FRM will either have to bring that charter back in-house for 2018, or sell it. With the right driver and sponsorship combination, the team obviously would want to keep the charter.
A lot of big name drivers are looking for rides next year. It may be possible Danica Patrick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Bubba Wallace, or maybe Greg Biffle could end up in the FRM No. 34 next season, or even a third car at the Statesville, NC-based race shop.
Drivers are definitely not an issue for 2018. It’s sponsorship that MENCS teams are struggling to get.
Source: ESPN.com – Cassill will not return to Front Row Motorsports in 2018