Front Row Motorsports Federated Auto Parts 400 Preview

Federated Auto Parts 400
Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.

Brett Moffitt | No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford

“Richmond has been pretty good to me. I’ve got a win in the K&N Series there. I look forward to going back. It’s a fun racetrack. It’s actually a really tough short track, though. It can be frustrating if your car is off, but if you hit it, it’s going to be good.


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“We’re aware there will be a few cars going into this race where it’s make-or-break to get into the Chase. But for us, it’s going to be the same thing we do every week. We’re going to use the same aggressiveness, but you do have to be cautious with the leaders around you. You’ve got to know what’s going on and be a little conservative around those cars.”

JUST THE FACTS: Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 will be Moffitt’s second Sprint Cup start at Richmond International Raceway … He has one win in the K&N Pro Series East at Richmond (2012), where he started from the pole … The Dockside Logistics colors return to the No. 34 Ford for the Saturday night race.

Cole Whitt | No. 35 MDS Transport Ford

“Richmond was kind of an Achilles heel for me for a while. It’s a tough track and it’s kind of a different type of short track. Personally, I didn’t grow up doing a lot of short-track racing. I grew up racing sprint cars, which are on small tracks but just a lot different style of racing. So, for those cars at the time, they felt like big tracks. Now the mile-and-a-halfs are kind of what I’ve been more comfortable on. And the shorter tracks like Richmond have been a bigger challenge figuring out how to let the cars roll and how to really gain speed. But I tested there last year and got what I felt was pretty decent and comfortable. So, now I look forward to going there.”

JUST THE FACTS: Whitt has four Sprint Cup career starts at Richmond International Raceway … MDS Transport returns to the No. 35 as primary sponsor for Saturday night’s race.

David Gilliland | No. 38 The Pete Store Ford

“The Richmond race is going to be really aggressive. You’ll have guys trying to race their way into the Chase. We aren’t in the position of racing for a Chase spot this year, but we are most definitely still racing for our points. Where we end up at the end of the year is very important for our team. So, we’re still going to be racing hard. But you are definitely aware of what’s going on and who’s racing for what. We also will have our partners from The Pete Store on our car this weekend, so we want to have a good finish for them.”

JUST THE FACTS:  Gilliland has 18 Sprint Cup starts at Richmond International Raceway … His best finish is 18th (2008) … The Pete Store returns as primary sponsor of the No. 38 at the 3/4-mile oval … The Peterbilt dealer group has three locations in Virginia, including one in Richmond… Draft Kings also joins the team as an associate sponsor … Gilliland will be at the Ford Performance display in the raceway’s fan zone on Saturday at 4:40 p.m.

About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports is a race-winning organization competing in NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series, fielding the No. 34, the No. 35 and the No. 38 Fords. The team is owned by Bob Jenkins and is headquartered just outside of Charlotte, N.C. FRM was named to INC Magazine’s “INC 5000” list in 2012, recognizing the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The team’s partnership base is representative of more than $200 billion of the U.S. economy and includes organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Love’s Travel Stops, Colgate-Palmolive, CSX Transportation, Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s. Visit teamfrm.com.


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