No. 34 Fr8Auctions Ford Mustang
· Stage One: 25th
· Stage Two: 28th
· Stage Three: 24th
· Michael McDowell and his No. 34 Fr8Auctions Ford Mustang took the green flag in Sunday's Cup race from the 36th position at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Early in Stage 1, McDowell mentioned that his race car was a touch free; something that continued throughout the stage as McDowell noted that he was loose on corner exit. He would finish Stage 1 from the 25th position. Under the caution, Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer made the call for 4 tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and pulled packer.
· During Stage 2, McDowell ran comfortably inside of the top 25 before spinning off of Turn 4 late in the Stage. Thankfully, there was no damage to his No. 34 Fr8Auctions Ford Mustang and he would go on to finish Stage 2, 28th. Under the Stage 2 caution, McDowell pitted for fuel, 4 tires, an air pressure adjustment, added spring rubber and a wedge adjustment after noting that his car was still on the free side.
· During the final stage of Sunday's Cup race from Atlanta Motor Speedway, Michael McDowell and his No. 34 Fr8Auctions Ford Mustang continued to run inside of the top 25. He would take the checkered flag from the 24th position.
McDowell on Atlanta:
“It wasn't the day that we wanted for our No. 34 Fr8Auctions Ford Mustang. We battled hard all day to try and tighten up our loose race car, then unfortunately got spun late in Stage 2 and lost some track position. We had to take the wave-around a few times throughout the day to get back on the lead lap and just didn't quite have the speed that we had hoped for. All in all, I'm proud of my team for working hard on pit road and I'm very appreciative of Fr8Auctions for coming on board."
McDowell on Atlanta:
"We have an awesome looking No. 34 Fr8Auctions Ford Mustang that has been ready to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway since early March. We were there when the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily froze our sport, and now it is time to finally return. We are coming off of a solid run at Bristol Motor Speedway and our No. 34 team is looking to continue that momentum into this weekend at Atlanta. I really appreciate Marcus and all of the great people at Fr8Auctions for coming on board for their sixth consecutive season partnering with Front Row Motorsports and I can't wait to strap in and turn 325 laps around Atlanta Motor Speedway in the No. 34 Fr8Auctions Ford Mustang this Sunday."
Fr8Auctions Founder, Marcus Barela:
"When life throws you a curve ball, you can do one of two things: adapt and move forward or sit and wait. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been one of those curve balls, and I am proud to say that Fr8Auctions has worked to adapt in these last few months, much like the way NASCAR has, in order to move forward with the return of the great sport the so many of us love. We are excited to extend our partnership with Front Row Motorsports into its sixth year and are looking forward to working with Michael McDowell for the second consecutive season. Michael has been a great ambassador for our brand and we can't wait to see him driving the No. 34 Fr8Auctions Ford Mustang at our hometown track, Atlanta Motor Speedway. Experiencing the recent loss of one of our family members, Wyatt, we are proud to kick off the #BraveLikeWyatt foundation, which is a charitable organization that provides financial assistance and support to families with chronically ill children." For more information on how you can help, please visit: bravelikewyatt.com
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No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang
· Stage One: 24th
· Stage Two: 20th
· Stage Three: 14th
· Michael McDowell took the green flag in Sunday's "Supermarket Heroes 500" at Bristol Motor Speedway from the 25th position. To start the race, McDowell mentioned that his No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang fired off, "a little free overall" and then noted on lap 23 that the track was finally beginning to take rubber. McDowell would go on to finish Stage 1 in the 24th position. Under the Stage 1 caution, Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer made the call for 4 tires and fuel.
· During Stage 2, the No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang began to tighten up as McDowell radioed to the team to say, "I'm tight in dirty air, which is weird here at Bristol." Under a mid-stage caution, McDowell brought his Love's Travel Stops Ford to pit road for 4 tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and pulled left-rear spring rubber. To end Stage 2, McDowell noted that his race car was a lot better, finishing in the 20th position. During the Stage 2 caution, he pitted for 4 tires and fuel.
· During the final stage of Sunday's "Supermarket Heroes 500," Michael McDowell and his No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang made their way inside of the top 15 and then top 10 before unfortunately being collected in a late-race collision. Thankfully, the No. 34 team was able to make the necessary repairs on pit road to keep their race car competitive. Ultimately, good strategy calls all day long by Blickensderfer and a late-race charge by McDowell would bring the No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang home 14th, earning McDowell a new personal best finishing position at Bristol Motor Speedway.
McDowell on Bristol:
“We had a great run going today at Bristol. My Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang was pretty close to the top 10, but unfortunately got involved in a mid-race collision and had some damage. Thankfully, Drew and my guys on pit road did a great job of making repairs and we recovered alright to get a few spots back at the end and finish 14th. Overall, Bristol has always been a tough track for us, so to be competitive and run up front made it a solid day."
MCDOWELL ON BRISTOL:
"Bristol is the home track of our team owner Bob Jenkins, so we always look forward to going there and performing well.
"Bristol is such a tough track, physically and mentally. There's almost no room for error because it's a short track and you're running pretty much on top of everyone around you. Staying focused until the very end is key.
"Our Front Row Motorsports team has had some really great momentum since NASCAR has returned to racing. Love’s Travel Stops and their partner, Luber Finer are on our car this weekend. I think we can have a really good run for them. It’s a long race, so we just want to be there at the end and then get the best finish we can.”
No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang
· Stage One: 13th
· Stage Two: 25th
· Stage Three: 25th
· Michael McDowell and his No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang took Thursday's rain delayed "Alsco Uniforms 500" from the 3rd position. The CarParts.com Ford ran strong inside of the top-10 for nearly all of Stage 1 before McDowell noted that his race car began to tighten up on entry into the corners. McDowell would go on to finish Stage 1 in the 13th position. Under the Stage 1 caution, Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer made the call for 4 tires plus an air pressure and wedge adjustment.
· During Stage 2, McDowell ran competitively inside of the top-20 through the first half of the stage before once again mentioning that his No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang had a tough time on entry into the corners and would finish Stage 2 from the 25th position. On pit road, the No. 34 team did a good job of hustling to change 4 tires, add fuel and grille tape, and make both packer and spring rubber adjustments.
· Taking the green flag in Stage 3, Michael McDowell continued to battle a tight No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang. Again, Drew Blickensderfer and the No. 34 team did a nice job of making multiple adjustments on pit road to try and better their race car. Unfortunately, McDowell ran out of time to make a charge towards the front, taking the checkered flag 25th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
McDowell on Charlotte:
“It was an up and down night at Charlotte Motor Speedway for our No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang. We fired off extremely well and ran competitively inside of the top-10 for the majority of Stage 1. However as daylight faded and the track temperature began to change, our race car started to tighten up on entry into the corners, making it tough to carry speed through the turns; something we battled all night long. Drew and my guys fought hard on pit road to make multiple adjustments on our No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang, but we just ran out of time at the end. I have to thank CarParts.com for coming on board our No. 34 Ford Mustang tonight at Charlotte. They've been a great partner of Front Row Motorsports and I hope to have them back on our No. 34 car later this season."
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang
· Stage One: 29th
· Stage Two: 24th
· Stage Three: 21st
· Stage Four: 19th
McDowell on Charlotte:
“Our No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang had a tough time getting over the bumps in Turns 3 and 4 to start today's Coca-Cola 600, but Drew and my guys on pit road did a good job of making adjustments all race long to get us more competitive. Thankfully, we caught a lucky caution with 2 laps to go and were able to get back on the lead lap. It was great to have Love's Travel Stops back on board with us and I'm proud to have been able to represent Sergeant First Class John Jarrell on my car. We'll regroup at the shop tomorrow and look ahead to coming back even stronger at Charlotte on Wednesday."
sNo. 34 Team to Run Patriotic Paint Scheme During the Coca-Cola 600
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 21, 2020) - The No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang driven by Michael McDowell will carry special meaning this Memorial Day Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. McDowell will honor a fallen service member as part of the NASCAR Salutes 600 Miles of Remembrance program. The decal across the top of his Front Row Motorsports entry will display the name of Sergeant First Class (SFC) John Jarrell.
SFC John Jarrell was a member of the United States Army 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) based in Fort Campbell, Ky. Jarrell made the ultimate sacrifice for our country on July 15, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
McDowell will race for the second year in a row with a camouflage paint scheme designed internally by the Love's marketing team honoring the 32-year old Jarrell and his family for the race on May 24, featuring a nod to the Special Forces Charitable Trust, which serves past and present U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers and their families through direct service programs such as scholarships, veteran assistance, transition programs and family support services.
"The 600 Miles of Remembrance initiative is so important to all of us in NASCAR," said McDowell. "Especially at a time like this with so much uncertainty in the world, we have a duty to come together to acknowledge and salute the people making sacrifices and risking their lives every day to keep us safe. The men and women who serve our country have my utmost respect and I will never be able to thank them for their selflessness, but I am proud to drive in memory of Sergeant First Class Jarrell this weekend."
The No. 34 Love's Travel Stops patriotic paint scheme will take to the track on Sunday, May 24 for the "Coca-Cola 600" NASCAR Cup Series Race at 6:00 p.m. ET on FOX.
About Love's Travel Stops
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores is the nation's industry-leading travel stop network with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company remains family-owned and operated and employs more than 26,000 people. Love's provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more. Love's has more than 380 truck service centers, which include on-site and stand-alone Speedco and Love's Truck Care locations. Love's and Speedco combined is the largest oil change, preventive maintenance and total truck care nationwide network. Love's is committed to providing customers with "Clean Places, Friendly Faces" at every stop. To learn more, visit loves.com.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields two full-time entries - the No. 34 of Michael McDowell and the No. 38 of John Hunter Nemechek - from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. In 2020, the team announced an expansion to include the No. 38 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, driven by Todd Gilliland. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports
Auto Parts Retailer Continues Relationship During NASCAR's Return
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 20, 2020) - CarParts.com and their millions of customers are excited for the return of the NASCAR Cup Series to the live sports landscape. The e-commerce auto parts retailer recently debuted as the primary partner of Michael McDowell and the No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang team at the Darlington (S.C.) Speedway and will continue that partnership for tonight's event. In addition, CarParts.com will now be the primary partner of McDowell at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 27.
"We have seen the excitement that the NASCAR Cup Series, Front Row Motorsports, and Michael McDowell are bringing to sports fans during this time, and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it," said Lev Peker, CEO of CarParts.com and its parent company, US Auto Parts. "Our customers have been tuning in, and we are looking forward to watching tonight's race and now next week's race in Charlotte."
CarParts.com offers an easy-to-navigate, mobile-friendly website and a 90-day return policy that assures customers they will get the right parts, guaranteed. The company has delivered over 50 million parts across America and recently counted McDowell as one of their customers.
"You're always looking for authentic partnerships that are natural to what you do every day," said McDowell, who is currently upgrading his 2017 Ford F-150 with parts from CarParts.com. "I've had my personal truck for a few years and now it's time for some upgrades. CarParts.com makes it easy for me and everyone. So, it's cool that they are continuing their partnership and getting the NASCAR fanbase familiar with their site and services. It's been fun to work with them."
CarParts.com is the answer to race fans' collision, repair, and maintenance needs. The company will continue to brand their homepage with the No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang and spotlight McDowell via social media and other marketing efforts. The retailer will also continue their relationship with Sunoco Rookie of The Year driver John Hunter Nemechek throughout the season.
After tonight's event, the No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang will be ready to return to the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 27. The NASCAR Cup Series race will air nationally on FS1 at 8:00 p.m.
For more information about CarParts.com, visit CarParts.com.
Established in 1999, CarParts.com is an e-commerce auto parts retailer that specializes in OE replacement collision, repair, and maintenance parts. With over 50 million parts delivered, we've helped millions of drivers across the United States find the right parts to fix their cars and keep their vehicles on the road. Our vehicle selector and easy-to-navigate, mobile-friendly website offer customers guaranteed fitment and a convenient online shopping experience. Paired with our 90-day return policy and satisfaction guarantee, CarParts.com makes it easier than ever to get the parts you need delivered straight to your door.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields two full-time entries - the No. 34 of Michael McDowell and the No. 38 of John Hunter Nemechek - from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. In 2020, the team announced an expansion to include the No. 38 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, driven by Todd Gilliland. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang
· Stage One: 27th
· Stage Two: 23rd
· Stage Three: 17th
McDowell on Darlington:
“It was a solid night for our No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang. We definitely made improvements from our first race at Darlington Raceway, unfortunately the last restart didn't go our way. The inside line was just really hard to get going and we lost a couple of spots, finishing 17th. We raced around a lot of competitive cars today and I felt really good. Everybody at Front Row Motorsports did a really good job this week, we just need a little bit more and we'll be right where we want to be. All in all, it was a really good day. We built some confidence and my guys did a really good job on pit road. Lastly, I want to thank CarParts.com for coming on board for both Darlington races. I've really enjoyed promoting their brand all week long."
MCDOWELL TALKS SECOND RACE IN A ROW AT DARLINGTON:
"We kind of had to go into Sunday’s race without knowing what to expect. It’s rare during the NASCAR Cup Series season that we get a chance like this to go back to the same track so quickly after a race. Drew [Blickensderfer] and I have talked a lot since Sunday on what we want to do different for Wednesday’s race.
“This new routine is different, and will take some time to adjust, but everyone at NASCAR and our Front Row Motorsports team has worked tirelessly to have the opportunity to blaze a trail for live sports to return. I’m really proud to be part of that effort.
“Our No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang looked great on track on Sunday and I think it’ll look even better under the lights on Wednesday. Huge shoutout to everyone at CarParts.com for coming on board to support us this week.”
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