Front Row Motorsports now has a trio of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series charters. This week, the Mooresville, NC based race shop made announcements about the crew chiefs making the call for those three 2019 Cup entries.
As FRM enters its 11th full-time season, two veteran crew chiefs will join the organization for the 2019 MENCS season.
No. 34 Team
Drew Blickensderfer will lead the No. 34 team with driver Michael McDowell. Blickensderfer joins the No. 34 team from Richard Petty Motorsports where he had served as a crew chief since 2012. He has three Cup Series wins, including one with Ragan at Roush Fenway Racing in 2011.
No. 36 Team
The No. 36 is a brand new team at FRM. Both the crew chief and driver are new to the organization. Mike Kelley will head up the efforts of the new No. 36 team with rookie driver Matt Tifft.
Kelley joins the No. 36 team from Roush Fenway where he served as crew chief of the No. 60 NASCAR Xfinity Series entry in 2018. The NASCAR veteran is a two-time Xfinity series champion, leading Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to titles in 2011 and 2012 as well as the Rookie of the Year title in 2010.
No. 38 Team
The No. 38 team has the only returning crew chief of the bunch. Seth Barbour is coming back as crew chief of the No. 38 team with driver David Ragan.
Barbour will begin his second full season with Front Row Motorsports this season. After joining the team as No. 34 crew chief in mid-2017, Barbour headed Ragan’s team throughout 2018, leading the No. 38 to its best points finish in team history at 25th. Barbour was a team engineer for Roush Fenway for eight years, and a member of the 2011 and 2012 Stenhouse championship teams.
Other Staffing at FRM
As Front Row Motorsports continues to grow in its 11th full-time season, Derrick Finley will take on the new role of technical director, and Donnie Wingo will continue to lead the competition staff efforts as competition director.