XFINITY Champion Chris Buescher to Compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Front Row Motorsports in 2016
Roush Fenway Racing Forms Technical Alliance with Front Row
CONCORD, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2015) – Roush Fenway Racing has announced an enhanced technical alliance with Front Row Motorsports, with the championship organization now providing engineering, equipment and driver support to Front Row in 2016.
As a key part of the alliance, 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion and Roush Fenway driver Chris Buescher will drive the No. 34 Front Row Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during the 2016 season, with the team receiving full engineering and pit support from Roush Fenway.
“We are thrilled to announce this alliance,” said Roush Fenway President Steve Newmark. “Not only will it foster increased communication within the Ford camp, it will allow our newest champion Chris Buescher to continue to hone his skills with substantial seat time behind the wheel in the Sprint Cup Series in top-grade equipment.
“We look forward to working more closely with Front Row on many levels and we believe it is a relationship that will be mutually beneficial for both parties,” added Newmark.
Buescher, in only his second season of full-time NASCAR racing in 2015, powered his way to the XFINITY Championship and added to his list of accomplishments that already included becoming the youngest driver to ever win an ARCA title in 2012. Buescher scored his first NASCAR win last season at Mid-Ohio and followed up his rookie-year performance with wins at Iowa and Dover this season en route to the championship.
Buescher never ranked lower than third in the driver championship standings, and the Prosper, Texas native completed the season with zero DNFs (Did Not Finish). He finished inside of the top-20 in all of the 33 races on the season, completing 99.9 percent of the laps during the 2015 campaign, while leading a total of 263 laps.
“We’ve grown a lot and accomplished a lot as an organization in our six years of full-time Sprint Cup racing, and I’m proud of our progress,” Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins said. “We’re ready for the next step, and this partnership with Roush Fenway Racing is going to take us there. Chris Buescher is a champion, and he’s a driver that we’ve worked with already and have great respect for, so he’s the perfect guy to bring into our line-up.”
Plans for Front Row Motorsports’ second Sprint Cup Series entry will be announced at a later date.
No. 34 Fr8 Auctions Ford
2015 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
“Being with Front Row Motorsports was a really good home for much of the season. I learned a lot throughout the year. Getting to race with 43 of the best drivers in the world is a learning curve, so a lot of these tracks were the first time for me. Just being able to get on the racetrack, being around them, trying to learn from them, it’s added up to a lot. I’m thankful for this opportunity and being able to bring home the Rookie of the Year title.
“I also want to thank Fr8 Auctions for their support this weekend. It was their first time on the car, and they were ‘all in.’ I think they really enjoyed the partnership and we enjoyed working with them.”
“Homestead is just a lot of fun. It’s so rewarding to run right by the fence, but it’s so easy to make a mistake, too. It’s really a great place to have the championship race because to be fast there, you’ve got to be so good and just be precise as a driver for the whole race. If you mess up one corner and get in the fence and cut a right front tire, then your day’s over.
“Fr8 Auctions will be on board with us for Homestead. They work with businesses that have extra inventory and sell those products through their auction house. So, it’s a good way to cap off the season, bringing a new sponsor to the racetrack to give them a taste of what NASCAR racing’s all about and get them some exposure.”
JUST THE FACTS: Sunday’s race will be Moffitt’s second Sprint Cup start at Homestead Miami Speedway… Atlanta-based Fr8 Auctions joins the No. 34 team as primary sponsor for Sunday’s race … Fr8 Auctions Founder and CEO Marcus Barela: “Fr8 Auctions is a fast growing organization that strives to be the best. That’s why we are excited to partner with Front Row Motorsports” … Moffitt will sign autographs at the Ford Performance stage Friday at 2:15 p.m. with his Front Row Motorsports teammates … The driver will be at the Florida Lottery display Saturday at 2:05 p.m.