Familiar Company to Help Support No. 34 Ford
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 5, 2019) – Melling Engine Parts, a leader in manufacturing cutting-edge performance engine parts, will partner with Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and Michael McDowell this weekend for the “FireKeepers Casino 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
Based in Jackson, Mich., Melling serves the global transportation original equipment and aftermarket segments and is noted for its world-class engineering, product development, and distribution capabilities. Melling operates seven facilities: five in North America, one in Mexico, and one in Europe.
The Melling family is one of the most popular families in NASCAR. Patriarch Harry Melling started Melling Racing in 1982 and won the 1988 Winston Cup Championship with famed driver Bill Elliott. The team also won the first ever “Winston Million” with Elliott in 1985. Son Mark Melling, who owned and operated Melling Racing from 1999 to 2002, currently runs Melling Engine Parts and is happy to be back on track.
“We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to get involved in NASCAR again,” said Melling. “Teaming up with Michael and Front Row Motorsports gives us the chance to stay close to our racing roots while promoting our performance engine parts brand.”
“It’s so cool to have Melling on board this weekend,” said McDowell. “They have a long and rich history in the Cup series, so I’m excited that they’re getting involved again. To have the name ‘Melling’ on our car so close to their home base really means a lot.”
The No. 34 Melling Engine Parts Ford Mustang will make its debut at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 7 for practice and qualifying. The “FireKeepers Casino 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will air Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET on FS1.
For more information about Melling, visit www.melling.com.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields three full-time entries – the No. 34 of Michael McDowell, the No. 36 of Matt Tifft and the No. 38 of David Ragan – from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. The team's partnership base includes CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Ford Performance, Love's Travel Stops, Select Blinds, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Tunity, Surface and Speedco. 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 Team to Run Patriotic Paint Scheme During the Coca-Cola 600
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 15, 2019) – Michael McDowell’s No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops Ford Mustang will honor a fallen service member as part of a patriotic paint scheme for the Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The decal across the top of the windshield of McDowell’s car will display the name of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer. CW2 Farmer died of wounds sustained during an attack while conducting a local engagement in Manbij, Syria earlier this year.
McDowell will race with a camouflage paint scheme designed internally by the Love’s marketing team honoring the 37-year old Farmer and his family for the race on May 26, 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.
CW2 Farmer joined the U.S. Army in 2005 and served on six overseas combat tours: twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in October 2007 and January 2009; once in support of Operation New Dawn in August 2010; once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2012; and twice in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in January 2016 and January 2019 until his passing.
“On Memorial Day and every day, we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our military,” said McDowell. “We are proud to have Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer’s name on my car for the Coca-Cola 600. It is because of his selflessness that we are able to do what we do each and every day.”
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to participate in the NASCAR Salutes program with this patriotic paint scheme and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Farmer’s name on the windshield,” said Dave Frankenfield, Vice President of Marketing at Love’s Travel Stops. “It’s one small way that we are able to pay tribute to the men and women who serve our country and have given their lives to protect our freedom.”
The No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops patriotic paint scheme will take to the track on Thursday, May 23 for practice and qualifying. The “Coca-Cola 600” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will air Sunday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. on FOX.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields three full-time entries – the No. 34 of Michael McDowell, the No. 36 of Matt Tifft and the No. 38 of David Ragan – from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. The team's partnership base includes CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Ford Performance, Love's Travel Stops, Select Blinds, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Tunity, Surface Sunscreen and Speedco. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
Auction House Extends Partnership into Fifth Year
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 19, 2019) - Fr8Auctions, an Atlanta-based auction house that sells excess freight inventory, will partner for the fifth straight year with Front Row Motorsports (FRM) when it partners with Michael McDowell and the No. 34 Ford Mustang team during this weekend's "Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500" at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Fr8Auctions partners with freight lines, distribution companies, and consumer product-based businesses to help sell excess, discontinued or damaged inventory outside of traditional distribution channels. Buyers across the Southeast attend bi-weekly auctions to bid on hundreds of pallets of merchandise, which can range from gas grills, to ceiling fans, to cleaning products. Merchandise for each auction can be previewed at Fr8Auctions.com.
"We are thrilled to be back with Front Row Motorsports for the fifth consecutive season and are equally as thrilled to work with Michael McDowell," said Fr8Auctions founder Marcus Barela. "Michael is coming off a great finish in the Daytona 500 and Atlanta Motor Speedway is right in our backyard, so this makes it a very special race for us."
"Fr8Auctions has been a partner of Front Row Motorsports for a long time and I'm excited to have the opportunity to represent them onboard my No. 34 Ford Mustang," McDowell said. "I think the design work on my car looks great and I can't wait to show it off when we head to Atlanta this weekend."
The Fr8Auctions Ford will first hit the track on Friday, February 22 for practice and qualifying. The "Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500" airs Sunday, Febraury 24 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.
For more information about Fr8Auctions, visit Fr8Auctions.com and follow Fr8Auctions on social media: Twitter at @fr8auctions and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Fr8Auctions-165690083576986/.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields three full-time entries - the No. 34 of Michael McDowell, the No. 36 of Matt Tifft and the No. 38 of David Ragan - from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. The team's partnership base includes CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Ford Performance, Love's Travel Stops, Select Blinds, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Speedco. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
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No. 34 Speedco/Rotella Ford
Started: 24th | Finished: 28th
2018 Points Finish: 26th
"We had a really fast Speedco/Rotella Ford, but unfortunately we had a couple flat tires that caused us to pit under green and lose laps. But, everybody did a good job. We had a good season. It's a shame we didn't get to finish it off with a top-20 run, but we had a car that could've done it. We're already looking forward to 2019."
McDowell on Homestead"Homestead is a great racetrack just because you run all around. You can run the fence, or I was able to run the bottom last year and had a pretty decent finish. You definitely have options there. More than anything, the season’s winding down and there’s a lot of excitement around Ford Championship Weekend. Obviously, we’re not in the playoffs, but hopefully we can do everything we can to get a Ford back into Victory Lane and a championship. They’ve had the speed this year, so hopefully they can finish it off.
"We have Speedco and Shell Rotella on our No. 34 at Homestead, which are part of the Love's family. We've had a great season with Love's Travel Stops. They're such a great partner to work with, and they know how to use their program with Front Row Motorsports to enhance their business relationships. We had a good finish last weekend at Phoenix, and we'll fight hard to end the season with another good finish for them."
McDowell Homestead Stats
8 starts, 1 top-10
Best finish: 10th
Sunday, Nov. 18, 10:20am - Ford Performance display (Homestead Miami Speedway Fan Zone)
No. 34 Love's/Luber-finer Ford
Started: 23rd | Finished: 16th
"“It’s definitely the best run I’ve had here, and I’m really proud of the guys. I made mistakes on pit road instead. It’s kind of a trick pit road now with curves and straights, and I was just pushing it too hard. We were able to rebound. I’m glad to get a top-20 with our Love's/Luber-finer Ford and get some momentum back going to Homestead."
McDowell on Phoenix"Nothing about Phoenix is a short track anymore. I’m just excited to go see what they’ve done there with all the renovations and all the effort that’s gone into revitalizing Phoenix. It’s such a great track, and it’s my hometown race. The fans there are incredible. We always have a huge turnout. We've got Luber-finer back with Love's for a second race, so we want to get them some attention at my home track.
"I’ve tried to wrap my head around the idea of not knowing where the start-finish line is. There’s so much muscle memory and rhythm and habits. The track’s probably still going to feel the same. I’ll probably still call it Turn 1. But the start-finish line being on the other side is going to change up restarts and finishes and overtime lines. But overall, you’re going to approach everything the same.
“It could make for a crazy finish coming out of that corner. And that’s why they did it, to create a little bit of drama. We’ve seen a lot of green-white-checkereds there in the past. You think about Ryan Newman and some other guys that have stolen some wins there by staying out. It’s a place where you can do that. You’ve just got to time everything just right."
McDowell Phoenix Stats
Best finish: 22nd
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