- Front Row Motorsports
Company Name = Front Row Motorsports
Owner(s) Name = Bob and
Racing Series =
Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series
Championships = 0
Car Number(s) = #34 (Sprint Cup)
#37 (Sprint Cup)
#24 (Nationwide Series)
#43 (Nationwide Series)
Tony Raines(#34-Sprint) Eric McClure(#37-Sprint & #24-Nationwide) Kevin Lepage(#43 Nationwide)
Primary Sponsor(s) = (#34 Sprint)
Hefty(#37-Sprint & #24-Nationwide)
Secondary Sponsor(s) = Waverly Property Group
Shop Location =
Denver, North Carolina
Homepage= [http://www.frontrowmotorsports.com Front Row Motorsports]
Front Row Motorsports is team that competes on
NASCAR Sprint Cupcircuit. It is owned by restaurant entrepreneur Bob Jenkins and fields the #34 Chevrolet for various drivers. The team began running part-time in 2004 as Means-Jenkins Motorsports under a partnership with Jimmy Means. Jenkins became the full team owner in 2005. In 2008, Front Row has added a team to the Nationwide Series, fielding a Hefty-sponsored entry for Eric McClurewhile attempting a full-time schedule; will also attempt NASCAR Sprint Cupraces with McClure, Tony Rainesand others. The team also took over the #61 Nationwide Series car driven by Lepage and previously run by Specialty Racingprior to the June Nashvillerace. The team gave the #61 back to the team and bought the owner points from the #55 of Jimmy Means Racing & put the points to the #43, which has been sponsored by chemical distributor Cone Solvents, Inc. and Long John Silver's. [http://thehotlap.com/modules/BGNPhotos/wm.php?cat=14&alb=201&id=18218]
Car #34 History
filling out the driving duties that year, driving a total of 26 races.
In 2005 the team changed numbers to #34 and planned to run full time, but due to sponsorship limitations and lackluster performance by LaJoie, the team only ran a limited schedule. Although it attempted many races, two drivers (
Ted Christopherand P. J. Jones) qualified for a race with the team that year, each with a start apiece.
In the fall of 2005, [http://www.machoneracing.com their website] announced that the team was up for sale, but that was quickly rescinded. Later that year, Front Row Motorsports moved into their shop to operate the #34 in addition to their current team. In January 2006, it was announced the team's remaining equipment will be auctioned off, and the combined team began running at the 2006
Daytona 500. Randy LaJoieattempted the first two races, under #64, but was replaced by Chad Chaffinfor the next eight races. Chaffin would then go to the newly acquired #61 team after Kevin Lepage's departure for BAM Racingand Chad Blountwould take over the #34 car for two races, however he was unable to get into the field and was released. Carl Long, Greg Sacks, Mike Skinner would attempt the next three races with Skinner making the 3M Performance 400and finishing 37th on the lead lap. Johnny Miller returned to FRM to run the road course at Infineon. After Blount's release, Long, Sacks, Chaffin, Brian Simo, Kertus Davis, Skinner, and Joey McCarthyattempted races for the team, with Long qualifying at Bristol. Lepage drove the car for the rest of the season but did not qualify for any race. The car attempted full time status in 2007 with Lepage, but after missing the first 4 races, the team decided to go part time with John Andrettiand Chad Chaffin. Lepage swapped places with Andretti and Lepage at the #37 so that Lepage could continue full time. Chaffin later left the team in early 2007. They tried to make another attempt to run the #34 at Texas Motor Speedway with myAutoloan.com as the sponsor, but they failed to qualify for the race. For the 2008 season the #34 will run all the races and they made the Daytona 500 with Andretti behind the wheel and Makoto's Ginger Dressing brand as the associate sponsor. Andretti left the team to race in the Indianapolis 500with Roth Racingand eventually decided to continue in the Series. Tony Rainesqualified for his first race of the season in the #34 car at Dover but finished 40th after transmission failure. The #34 car was not entered the following week at Pocono.
Car #37 History
The team was formed in 2001 by
Hermie Sadleras SCORE Motorsports. Sadler fielded the #13 Ford Taurussponsored by the Virginia Lottery for three races that year, his best finish was a 27th at Dover. The team switched to Chevrolet and #02 for 2002, starting eight races and having a variety of different sponsorships. 2004 saw the car field a ride for a variety of drivers including Carl Long, Andy Belmont, and Jason Jarrett, as well as Sadler himself for 16 races.
In 2005, The team was bought by Stec who had sponsorship from
PEAK Fitness, and the team switched to the number #66 Fordwith engine support from Robert Yates Racing. The team switched numbers because Haas CNC Racingand their sponsor Best Buyasked to use number #66 for promotional reasons. After the spring race at Dover Downs, Sadler resigned from the team and was replaced by Mike Garvey, with sponsorship from Jani-King, theono.. After Garvey did not qualify at New Hampshire, Stec parted ways with Garvey. Jimmy Spencerdrove the car at the fall Michigan race.
Stec then signed Kevin Lepage to join the #66 team. LePage made all but one of his attempts with at 6th place start at Kansas, 13th at Atlanta and 17th at Charlotte. Lepage finish of 21st at Charlotte and finished all but one race. Hermie Sadler returned to the team for a one-race deal at Martinsville in the fall. He finished 32nd in the Jerry Kilgore Ford.
In 2006, the team switched to the #61, and received addition sponsors from
AMP Energy Drinkand [http://www.roadloans.com Roadloans] . The team missed just two races, and were hoping to expand to a second car with Carl Long driving, but that plan fell through. The team was inside the top 35, but then barely fell out once the new top 35 were locked in, leading the team to rough times. In April 2006, it was announced the team was sold to Front Row, and would continue to run full-time in 2006 with Lepage driving. However, just weeks after this merge was announced, Lepage left Front Row Motorsports, heading to BAM Racingand the #49 Dodge Charger. Chad Chaffintook over the #61 car after Lepage's departure. Brian Simodrove the #61 car for the road course at Infineon, and Boris Saidat Watkins Glen International. Chaffin ended the season for the team.
The team partnered with #37 of
R&J Racingin 2007, however the deal fell through early in the season. Bill Elliottattempted Daytona for the team and John Andrettiand Chad Chaffinplanned to race the car full time. After race 4, Front Row Motorsports announced the #34 would run full time, and that Andretti and Chaffin would swap positions with Lepage so that Lepage could continue full time.
Front Row Motorsports has qualified for 5 races so far in the 2008 season, including Daytona, California, Texas ( with Andretti), Dover with Tony Raines, and Infineon with Brian Simo.
Car #92 history
FRM fielded the #92 Chevy for multiple drivers in 2005. It debuted at the 2005 Daytona 500 with
Stanton Barrettdriving, but it did not qualify. After missing the next three races, the team finally got into a race at the Food City 500at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Barrett finished 41st after suffering oil pressure problems. After the spring Dover race, Tony Rainesdrove the car at the Chevy American Revolution 400at Richmond International Raceway, finishing 35th. Then Hermie Sadlerand Eric McClurebegan sharing the ride, although McClure did not qualify for a race in the car. Johnny Miller ran the car at Watkins Glen, finishing 29th. Another driver, Chad Chaffin, also took over driving duties, failing to qualify in his initial attempt at Martinsville Speedway, and then qualifying 43rd the next week at Atlanta Motor Speedwaybefore surrendering the car to Bobby Hamilton Jr.. Late in the year, the team formed an equipment-sharing partnership with Mach 1 Racing, and that eventually turned into the team moving into Mach 1's shop and hiring their old crew. Chad Chaffinbegan the 2006 season with the #92 team, however after two races he was moved to the #34 team. Chad Blountwould then take over the car until Talladega where FRM decided the team shut down the #92 operation. The team just made one of the eight races it attempted and cited lack of performance as a reason for the team's shut down. It returned briefly at Watkins Glen with Johnny Miller driving, but he failed to qualify.
* [http://www.frontrowmotorsports.com/ Official Front Row Motorsports Web Site]
* [http://www.jayski.com/teams/34.htm Jayski Team 34 News]
* [http://www.jayski.com/teams/61.htm Jayski Team 61 News]
* [http://www.jayski.com/teams/92.htm Jayski Team 92 News]
* [http://www.racing-reference.info/owner?id=edwarwi01 William Edwards Nextel Cup Owner Statistics]
* [http://www.racing-reference.info/owner?id=jenkibo01 Bob Jenkins Nextel Cup Owner Statistics]
* [http://www.racing-reference.info/owner?id=stecje01 Jeff Stec Nextel Cup Owner Statistics]
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