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Front Row Motorsports Heads North to New Hampshire

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Competition Notes

 

TEAM AND RACE NOTES:

The Magic Mile of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is next on the Cup Series stop for Front Row Motorsports, Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland


Gilliland will bring a new look to his Ford Mustang Dark Horse, partnering with Grillo's Pickles. Made with a 100-year old family recipe, Grillo’s Pickles started in the Boston Common in 2008 selling pickles out of a Cutlass Supreme and then a Pickle Cart. Since then, Grillo’s has grown to national grocery distribution. The No. 38 will feature Sam Sam the Pickle Man in a green and white "Pickle Car" livery. Sam Sam the Pickle man kicked off his campaign to become the "World's Most Interesting Pickle" with Gilliland and Front Row Motorsports.


With his 12th place finish at the Iowa Speedway, Gilliland now has four Top-15 finishes in his last six races. He sits 20th in the Driver Championship points standings and is 97 points below the playoff cut line.


The iconic Long John Silver's colors are back on the No. 34 for McDowell's 22nd career start at the 1.058 mile track. McDowell is looking to improve his best finish of 13th, at last year's race, as he looks to lock himself in the NASCAR Playoffs.


Track activity will begin with practice and qualifying on Saturday, June 22nd at 12:30 p.m. ET. The 301 mile event will take place Sunday, June 23rd at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on USA Network. Fans can also listen in on the action live from Sirius XM and the Performance Racing Network.


CUP SERIES COMPETITION NOTES:

No. 34 Long John Silver's Ford Mustang Dark Horse:

DRIVER MICHAEL MCDOWELL: 

"New Hampshire has been a struggle for us. If anything, it’s a bigger Martinsville. Our short track program has been a lot better. I go there optimistic every year, but it’s no doubt that it’s been a struggle for us in years past. Hopefully, we hit it right this weekend and get a solid finish."


CREW CHIEF TRAVIS PETERSON:

"We haven't had the success that we've wanted in the past at New Hampshire, but with the way we have ran this season, we know we have the speed to change that. New Hampshire has some similarities to other tracks we’ve done well, and if we continue to keep doing what we have been all season, we know we can be there at the end."


No. 38 Grillo's Pickles Ford Mustang Dark Horse:

DRIVER TODD GILLILAND:

"New Hampshire has been a good track to me. I actually have a win there in the K&N East Series and a third-place finish in the trucks. It's a huge confidence booster knowing not only myself, but my crew chief and spotter have had success there. With how we have been running these last couple of races, I think we're going to leave Sunday with a solid result.


"Grillo's has been an amazing partner. They are all about NASCAR and engaging with myself, the team, and the fans. I really want to get Sam Sam the Pickle Man into Victory Lane."


CREW CHIEF RYAN BERGENTY:

"I always enjoy going to New Hampshire, it’s my home track. Todd's spotter, Brit (Andersen), and I have had success there in the Modifieds with Ryan Newman, so that along with Todd's (Gilliland) history at the track, we have a lot of positivity heading into the weekend."

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