Races that Florida Lottery is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Daytona - 2/21
Races that Fr8Auctions is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Atlanta - 2/28
Talladega - 5/1
Races  that Snap Fitness is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Phoenix - 3/13
Bristol - 4/17
Indianapolis - 7/24
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Races that MDS Transportation has been the primary sponsor in 2016:
Las Vegas - 3/6
Auto Club - 3/20
Martinsville - 4/3
Kansas - 5/7
Texas - 4/9
Dover - 5/15
Charlotte - 5/21, Showdown
Charlotte - 5/29, Patriotic
Pocono - 6/5
Michigan - 6/12
Sonoma - 6/26
New Hampshire - 7/17
Pocono - 7/31
Watkins Glen - 8/7
Bristol - 8/20
Michigan - 8/28
Races that The Pete Store was the primary sponsor in 2016:
Richmond - 4/24
Races that Taco Bell was the primary sponsor in 2016:
Daytona - 7/2
Races that Rumple / Baily will be featured, a throwback scheme to J. D. McDuffie:
Darlington - 9/4
Contract Status: Driver: 2016; Primary Sponsors: 2016?
Cassill Pays Tribute to J.D. McDuffie with Darlington Throwback: Landon Cassill will enter Darlington Raceway's Southern 500 in a car that will honor the memory of J.D. McDuffie, the scrappy but respected independent racer who competed for 28 years in the Sprint Cup Series before losing his life in a crash at Watkins Glen International. Cassill unveiled the throwback paint scheme of the #38 Ford during a Facebook Live broadcast on NASCAR's Facebook page. The blue and gold scheme replicates a design McDuffie drove in the 1970s and 80s. McDuffie sponsors Rumple Furniture and Bailey Excavating will be featured on the car as part of the tribute during the Sept. 4 race.
Despite being an independent owner/driver without the resources of a larger team, McDuffie competed in 653 Cup races, collecting 106 top-10 finishes and a pole position, and finished in the top 20 in points 14 times in his career. Even though he holds the record for making the most starts without ever reaching Victory Lane, he won the respect of fans and fellow competitors in the sport. A 52-year-old McDuffie was on Lap 5 of the 1991 race at Watkins Glen when a mechanical failure resulting from contact with another car sent him into the Turn 5 tire barrier without brakes. He died instantly. Cassill and Front Row Motorsports are proud to pay tribute to a competitor who was known for his blue-collar ethic.
"J.D. was a guy who just kept scrapping, week after week, and earned a lot of good finishes as a result," Cassill said. "Bob Jenkins likes to say that Front Row Motorsports is the team that does more with less. You can definitely say that J.D. McDuffie did the same thing, and we're proud to honor his memory at Darlington." The Darlington Raceway event will celebrate the decade spanning 1975 to 1984 at this year's race with throwback paint schemes on all 40 entries.(Front Row Motorsports), see images of the scheme on the #38 Team Schemes page (8-23-2016)
Bayne, Cassill complete Ironman: #6-Trevor Bayne and #38-Landon Cassill spent their off weekend in Dublin, Ireland competing in an Ironman 70.3. It was Bayne's first Ironman and Cassill's 5th. The Ironman 70.3 consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run.
Bayne finished in 5 hours, 25 minutes and 10 seconds, 479th overall. He swam in 35:15, biked in 2:44:37 and ran in 1:57.28.
Casssill finished in 5 hours, 2 minutes, and 38 seconds, 216th overall. He swam in 30:56, biked in 2:35:51, and ran in 1:46:52.
Watkins Glen warnings announced UPDATE: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International on August 7th.
#21-Blaney (4), Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection, written Warning
#42-Larson (1), Failed template inspection twice, prequalifying inspection, written Warning
#21-Blaney (4), Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying inspection, written Warning
In addition, crew member Michael Casto has received a behavioral penalty for violation of NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy and had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR.
See the Watkins Glen Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(8-10-2016)
UPDATE: Jackman Mike Casto was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for violating its substance-abuse policy. Casto, who missed the start of the season because of a shoulder injury, was Kevin Harvick's jackman at Stewart-Haas Racing until June and then moved to the Front Row Motorsports car of Landon Cassill, according to the web site pittalks.com. Because SHR provides a pit crew to the Cassill team, Front Row Motorsports referred questions to SHR. An SHR spokesman said the team does not comment on personnel matters.(ESPN.com)(8-11-2016)
Cassill to run patriotic scheme at CMS: Landon Cassill's #38 MDS Transport Ford will run a patriotic paint scheme for the Memorial Day weekend race, promoting the transportation company's support for the U.S. military. Cassill's #38 team will pay tribute to a fallen soldier with a Front Row Motorsports family connection for the Memorial Day weekend Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Cassill's MDS Transport Ford will carry the windshield name decal of Pvt. Earl Platt, a World World I Army infantryman who fought in two of the Great War's biggest battles before dying from the effects of mustard gas poisoning. Pvt. Platt was the great uncle of Gwen Bartley, the wife of Front Row Motorsports suspension mechanic and U.S. Air Force veteran Kurt Bartley.(Front Row Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #38 team paint schemes page.(5-25-2016)
Three teams given written warnings for failing Phoenix inspections: Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams were warned for failing inspection at Phoenix International Raceway. #78-Martin Truex Jr. was given a written warning by NASCAR for failing NASCAR's Laser Inspection System twice in pre-race inspection. #38-Landon Cassill's car failed template inspection twice before qualifying at Phoenix and was given a warning. #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s car failed the Laser Inspection System three times in pre-race inspection and was given a warning and will lose 15 minutes of practice time on Friday at Auto Club Speedway. See the Phoenix Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(3-16-2016)
Snap Fitness sponsoring Cassill in 4 races: Snap Fitness, the world's premier 24/7 fitness provider, announced that it will sponsor NASCAR driver Landon Cassill for the third-straight season. Cassill will continue to represent Snap Fitness as a brand champion - only this season, he'll be driving a new car for a new team. Earlier this year, Cassill joined Front Row Motorsports and will drive the #38 Ford for the 2016 Sprint Cup season. Watch the Snap Fitness car in action with Cassill at the wheel during the following races this year: March 13 - Good Sam 500 at Phoenix, April 17 - Food City 500 at Bristol, July 24 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sept. 4 at Darlington Raceway.(Front Row Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #38 team paint schemes page.(3-7-2016)
Fr8Auctions sponsoring Cassill: Atlanta-based Fr8Auctions' logo and colors will return to a Front Row Motorsports Ford Fusion, partnering with Landon Cassill's #38 team for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The company first partnered with Front Row Motorsports for the 2015 Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway, Front Row Motorsports reported. "We had our first experience with Front Row Motorsports in November at Homestead, and thought it was great exposure for our company," Fr8Auctions founder Marcus Barela said in a statement. "We couldn't wait to get back on board in 2016, and we're thrilled that we'll be working with a great racer like Landon Cassill. And having our logo and colors on the #38 at our home track of Atlanta makes it even better."(Atlanta Business Chronicle), see an image of the car on the #38 team paint schemes page.(2-25-2016)
Daytona Warnings issued: Written warnings were issued to the teams of #7-Regan Smith, #38-Landon Cassill, #44-Brian Scott, and #46-Michael Annett for failing the Laser Inspection Station on February 14, 2016 at Daytona International Speedway during prequalifying inspection.(NASCAR)(2-24-2016)
Snap Fitness to sponsor Cassill in some races: during media at Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, #38-Landon Cassill was asked how many races Snap Fitness would sponsor the #38 Ford he drives, Cassill said "We haven't nailed it down yet, but probably similar to what they did last year. Probably four to six."(Ford Performance)(2-17-2016)
Florida Lottery Joins Cassill for Daytona 500: The Florida Lottery will once again hit the high-speed track of Daytona International Speedway with Front Row Motorsports, joining the team as primary sponsor of Landon Cassill's #38 Ford for this month's season-opening Daytona 500. The Florida Lottery partnered with the team in 2015 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona and Homestead Miami Speedway and also with Cassill in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The organization is celebrating 28 years of supporting education through its drawings and Scratch-Off games. The Florida Lottery contributed more than $29 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The partnership with Front Row Motorsports will encourage race fans to join in the fun and "Just Imagine" becoming one of the 1,800-plus players that have become millionaires through the Florida Lottery. The Feb. 21 race will be Cassill's first with Front Row Motorsports, at a track where he has had two top-15 finishes in his past four starts. The 26-year-old driver looks forward to having a familiar partner on board for the Great American Race. "I've loved working with the Florida Lottery, and it's fantastic that they're back on board for the Daytona 500 with our #38 Ford," Cassill said. "They have a lot of fun with their sponsorship in a way that really gets fans' attention, and we'll hope to get them plenty of attention on track, too." Cassill and teammate #34-Chris Buescher will make appearances at the Florida Lottery display at Daytona International Speedway on Daytona 500 race weekend.(Front Row Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #38 Team Schemes page.(2-13-2016)
Cassill to Front Row Motorsports UPDATE2: hearing that Landon Cassill is close to signing to drive the #38 Front Row Motorsports Ford, bringing Snap Fitness as a sponsor for a few races. Cassill raced the #40 Chevy for Hillman Racing in 2015. Hillman Racing was recently bought out by Premium Motorsports, with the intent of using the #40 owners points and running one full time team in 2016. Front Row Motorsports is looking like it will scale back from three teams (#34, #35 and #38 Fords) to two teams. Chris Buescher will run the #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford in 2016.(1-18-2016)
UPDATE: Six-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Landon Cassill will join the Front Row Motorsports line-up to drive the #38 Ford for the 2016 season. The 26-year-old Cassill has 187 Sprint Cup starts under his belt, most recently competing for Hillman Racing in 2015. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native has raced in all three of NASCAR's national series, earning XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2008. Cassill will join rookie teammate #34-Chris Buescher at Front Row Motorsports, which will field two full-time Sprint Cup entries in 2016. "I feel like Front Row Motorsports is a great fit for me," Cassill said. "I've got several years of experience in the series now, and being a part of this team will help me take the next step in my career. I'm grateful to Bob Jenkins and Ford Motor Company for the opportunity and can't wait to get in the car." Cassill's Sprint Cup career-best finish is a fourth-place run at Talladega Superspeedway (2014), a track where Front Row Motorsports has also excelled. "We've always been impressed with Landon and what he can do behind the wheel," said team owner Bob Jenkins. "He's got a lot of natural talent. You could see that at every level of racing he's competed in throughout his career. We're happy to have that talent in one of our race cars this year." Sponsorship programs for the #38 team will be announced soon.(FRM)(1-20-2016)
UPDATE2: Even with the late start in the off-season, Cassill has already been to the race shop - prior to the official announcement of him joining Front Row - to start getting acclimated with his new team and crew chief Donnie Wingo. "Honestly it's really cool because he's (Wingo) still got the same core group of guys that he had last year so they are just really plugging me in," Cassill said. "It's up to me to adapt to how they work and give them what we need to give me fast racecars."(Motor Racing Network)(1-21-2016)
Love's Travel Stops to sponsor Buescher for 18 races: Love's Travel Stops will extend its partnership with Front Row Motorsports in 2016, joining Chris Buescher in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie campaign in the #34 Ford Fusion. Love's Travel Stops will sponsor 18 races in 2016, including the season-opening Daytona 500, both races at its home track of Texas Motor Speedway and the finale at Homestead Miami Speedway. The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based company has grown its NASCAR marketing program in its three years as a Front Row Motorsports partner and incorporated its employee, customers and business partners into the success of the program. Love's Travel Stops is family-owned and operated with more than 360 locations in 40 states. During its 50-plus years of sharing the road with drivers, Love's has grown to become one of America's favorite travel stops offering clean, modern facilities stocked with fuel, food and supplies for travelers. "At Love's, we are passionate about improving our business and make changes to enhance our customers experience," said Dave Frankenfield, director of marketing for Love's. "Bob Jenkins and the Front Row Motorsports team share the same passion and have implemented several strategic changes this season to improve the team's competitiveness. We are jazzed about the team's new alliance and the opportunity to sponsor Chris Buescher in his Sprint Cup rookie campaign."(Front Row Motorsports)(1-13-2016)
No #35 FRM team in 2016?: noticed on Front Row Motorsports website (TeamFRM.com) that under the teams tab, there is no #35 team is listed and under the drivers tab, neither Cole Whitt nor David Gilliland are listed as drivers. Front Row Motorsports announced on Dec. 10th, that Chris Buescher will take over the #34 Ford ride in 2016 and that they could down size from three teams to two. Gilliland drove for FRM from 2010 until this past season (in the #34, #37 and #38 Fords). Gilliland recently tweeted: "Not really sure what's gonna happen next year. [Front Row] has been great to me. I wish them nothing but the best." Cole Whitt ran the #35 Ford in all 36 races during the 2015 season. No word on Whitt's plans or plans for his crew chief Randy Cox.(1-1-2016)
Gilliland's plan for 2016 unknown: Front Row Motorsports driver David Gilliland is weighing his options for 2016. With Front Row's announcement that Chris Buescher will pilot the #34 Ford next season and the possibility of the organization down-sizing from three teams to two, Gilliland is hoping to lock down a permanent ride. The second-generation Cup driver graduated to NASCAR's top tour with Yates Racing in 2006. In 330 starts over the last decade, Gilliland has earned four top-fives, eight top 10s and three poles including the 2007 Daytona 500. He was also victorious in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway in 2006. In 2010, Gilliland, 39, joined the Bob Jenkins-owned team.(Motorsport)
AND Gilliland tweeted Thursday evening, "Not really sure what's gonna happen next year. [Front Row] has been great to me. I wish them nothing but the best."(12-11-2015)
Chris Buescher joining Front Row; team forming alliance with Roush: 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 #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.
Plans for Front Row Motorsports' second Sprint Cup Series entry will be announced at a later date.(Roush Fenway Racing)(12-10-2015)
New manufacturer for Front Row? Brian Scott joining? Front Row Motorsports is entertaining different manufacturing options for 2016. General Manager Jerry Freeze told Motorsport.com he's assessing what the best opportunity would be for the three-car operation. In 11 seasons, FRM has fielded Chevrolets, Dodges and most recently Fords - since 2010. "There's a couple of things we've been looking at really hard but we haven't come to any final decision yet," Freeze said. "We're going to need to because we need to in the next week or two because we're going to need the off-season to obviously ramp up with some of the changes coming down the pike - even if we remain doing what we're doing. There's a lot of changes coming down the road with the Fords, and we need to adapt to that. So it will be a very busy off-season regardless of what we do. We just have to figure out what's best for us."
What drivers will fill the Front Row Motorsports' seats in 2016? "We're not there yet," Freeze said. "Again, it's kind of all tied up with what's going to put us in the best place for competitive reasons - along with the financial part - and just kind of weigh out both the as much of the financial part and as much of the competitive part as you can to have the best package put together." With Furniture Row Racing moving to Toyota next season, Richard Childress Racing could include FRM into its technical alliance. Currently, JTG/Daugherty and Germain Racing remain RCR partners. One option presented to Front Row Motorsports -- that was similar to the deal presented to Richard Petty Motorsports earlier this year - would include Brian Scott as the driver with a built in sponsor. "There are certainly still some things that need to be decided," Freeze added. "We're just trying to stay in the mix. We're just really, really, really trying to make this situation more competitive next year.(Motorsport)(11-25-2015)
Florida Lottery returns to sponsor Gilliland at Homestead: Florida Lottery returns to the #38 Front Row Motorsports Ford of David Gilliland for the second time this season as primary sponsor. "I'm really excited to have the Florida Lottery back on our car for this race. They were on our car for the Daytona race in July, and we had a great time with them. We know there's a big prize at stake on track this weekend, but there are also some pretty big prizes you can win with the Florida Lottery. So, everybody needs to stop and buy a ticket or two and 'just imagine.'"(FRM), see images of the scheme on the #38 Team Schemes page.(11-19-2015)
Todd Gilliland To Make NASCAR K&N Pro Series Debut UPDATE winner: Fifteen-year-old Todd Gilliland is set to make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut with Bill McAnally Racing in the Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International Raceway on Thursday. Gilliland, the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran David Gilliland, will be driving the #54 Frontline Enterprises Toyota. The third-generation driver from Sherrils Ford, NC has already scored a victory in the ARCA Racing Series, winning just two days after his 15th birthday in May, and has been to Victory Lane at various tracks since he started racing late models at the age of 13. Gilliland will be competing in a series where his family name is well known. His father, David, won the rookie title in the series in 2004; and his grandfather, Butch, won the 1997 championship in the series, when it was known as the NASCAR Winston West Series.(Bill McAnally Racing)(11-11-2015)
UPDATE Todd Gilliland won the season-ending Casino Arizona 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Thursday night at Phoenix International Raceway in his first career series start to become the youngest winner in series history. Gilliland, who turned 15 in May, is son of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland, and drove the #54 Frontline Enterprises Toyota to the same Victory Lane his dad did in the series 10 years ago. Chris Eggleston finished 10th to put the finishing touches on the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship, celebrating car owner Bill McAnally's sixth series championship. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion William Byron finished second, followed by Eggleston's BMR teammate Brandon McReynolds.(NASCAR)(11-12-2015)
Gilliland to be sponsored by Florida Lottery at Daytona: The colors of the Florida Lottery will adorn David Gilliland's #38 Ford Fusion for Sunday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The 38-year-old Gilliland is a two-time polesitter at Daytona, including at last year's Coke Zero 400, and will look to put the Florida Lottery Ford in the lead for Sunday night's 400-mile event once again. The Florida Lottery has contributed more than $28 billion to the state's public education in 27 years, offering seven terminal games and approximately 60 scratch-off games at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. The games have made more than 1,400 people millionaires with more than $46 billion in prize payouts since the first ticket was sold. "It's great having a Florida-based partner for the Daytona race, especially one that can appeal to so many fans," Gilliland said. "The Florida Lottery does great things for education while giving people lots of chances to win cash prizes. We'll do our best to get them plenty of attention by running up front."
"Partnering with David Gilliland for the Coke Zero 400 is a win-win for the Florida Lottery," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "We are thrilled to bring Lottery and race fans together to increase awareness of our mission of maximizing revenues for education in Florida. We are proud to partner with David and Front Row Motorsports and are hopeful for a successful weekend at Daytona International Speedway."(FRM), see an image of the scheme on the #38 Team Schemes page.(7-2-2015)
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