Matt Tifft to join Front Row Motorsports for 2019 Cup season

Matt Tifft will pilot a third full-time entry for Front Row Motorsports in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Matt Tifft to join Front Row Motorsports for 2019 Cup season
Matt Tifft, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro American Ethanol e15 / Sorghum
Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion Coburn Supply Company and #David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion MDS Transport
Matt Tifft, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro American Ethanol e15 / Sorghum
David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion MDS Transport and Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion Love's Travel Stops
Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion A&W All American Food David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion MDS Transport
Matt Tifft, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Surface Sunscreen

Tifft, 22, will be making his Cup Series debut behind the wheel of the No. 36 FRM Ford Mustang in February's Daytona 500. He will be one of three drivers eligible for ROTY status, joining Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric.

He has been competing full-time in the Xfinity Series for the past two years, ending 2018 sixth in the series standings. He will join Michael McDowell and David Ragan as part of FRM's three-driver roster for 2019.

“Today is a huge moment in my career, announcing my move to the Cup series,” said Tifft in a release. “This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and I can’t believe it’s finally coming true.

“I’m so thankful to Front Row Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to drive the No. 36 next season. I’m looking forward to guidance from veterans Michael McDowell and David Ragan and am ready to take on the challenge of driving with 39 of the best drivers in the world.”

FRM hasn't fielded three full-time teams since the 2013 season. They have two victories as an organization -- The first with Ragan at Talladega in 2013 and the most recent with Chris Buescher at Pocono in 2016. 

“We’ve made it clear in recent years that it was our intent to continue to invest in NASCAR and expand to a three-car team,” team owner Bob Jenkins said. “Not only are we here to stay, we’re here to grow.

“We already have two proven veterans in our line-up, and now we’ll get to add an impressive young talent and championship contender who will inject some new energy into the group. With the introduction of the Ford Mustang into the Cup Series, 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting season for us.”

Announcements regarding sponsorship and a crew chief will come at a later date.

shares
comments
Mike Wheeler joins LFR as crew chief for Matt DiBenedetto
Previous article

Mike Wheeler joins LFR as crew chief for Matt DiBenedetto

Next article

Alonso ‘very far away’ from a good NASCAR lap at Bahrain

Alonso ‘very far away’ from a good NASCAR lap at Bahrain
Load comments
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Prime

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, but his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines...

NASCAR Cup
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Prime

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR Cup
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Prime

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR Cup
Oct 5, 2021
Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI Prime

Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI

In a career that has had many ups and downs, Kurt Busch has been written off many times before. But facing career uncertainty after the sale of Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team, the 2004 Cup champion has found a new berth at Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan's 23XI organization - which underlines his enduring value

NASCAR Cup
Aug 31, 2021
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021