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Abreu Dominates FVP “Hard Knox” Night

Abreu Dominates FVP “Hard Knox” Night

By Bill Wirght (Knoxville, IA) -- Rico Abreu won on FVP “Hard Knox” Night for the third time in his career Friday at the Knoxville Raceway. The event locked Abreu, second plac

Mullens wins Grant Junghans Memorial and $20,002

Mullens wins Grant Junghans Memorial and $20,002

By USMTS (Kansas City, KS) -- Tanner Mullens was the first to see the green flag and first to the flagstand for all 42 laps Friday as he dominated the 6th Annual Grant Junghan

O’Neal and Davenport Claim North/South 100 Prelims

O’Neal and Davenport Claim North/South 100 Prelims

By Lucas Oil Late Model Series PR (Union, KY) -- Hudson O’Neal and Jonathan Davenport captured Friday night’s Sunoco North/South 100 Presented by Lucas Oil preliminary feature\

Salinas, Tasca lead Topeka Nitro Qualifying

Salinas, Tasca lead Topeka Nitro Qualifying

By NHRA (Topeka, KS) -- Top Fuel standout Mike Salinas closed out Friday at Heartland Motorsports Park with the top run of the night, racing to the provisional No. 1 spot at t

Diercks celebrates at Davenport in Lucas Oil MLRA

Diercks celebrates at Davenport in Lucas Oil MLRA

By Billy Rock (Davenport, IA) -- Spencer Diercks may have been denied his first ever Lucas Oil MLRA win on Thursday night at the CJ Speedway by one position, but he came back

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New year, new crew chief lineup for Front Row Motorsports

1/11/2019
New year, new crew chief lineup for Front Row Motorsports

RACINBOYS EXCLUSIVE By Lee Spencer -- Front Row Motorsports has bolstered its crew chief lineup for 2019.

According to sources, veteran leaders Drew Blickensderfer and Mike Kelley will join Seth Barbour in overseeing FRM’s three Monster Energy Cup Series squads.

The three crew chiefs are no strangers to one another. They all worked together while at Roush Fenway Racing more than a decade ago

Blickensderfer will oversee the No. 34 Ford and driver Michael McDowell. The Decatur, Ill., native started as a crew chief with Roush Fenway Racing in 2006. Between his duties in Cup and the Xfinity Series, Blickensderfer, 42, won the 15 races with drivers Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and David Ragan. He was Kenseth’s crew chief for the 2009 Daytona 500 victory.

Most recently, Blickensderfer was crew chief of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team and driver Bubba Wallace. He worked for RPM starting in 2013. Blickensderfer is also a guest analyst for FOX Sports. He replaces Derrick Finley, who will be the technical director for Front Row Motorsports.

Kelley will assemble the new No. 36 team around rookie driver Matt Tifft. The veteran crew chief won back-to-back Xfinity titles with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2011-2012. In addition to his eight wins with Stenhouse, Kelley won races with Edwards, Ragan and Trevor Bayne. Kelley was tasked with the Roush’s rookie experiment—Team 60—last year with drivers Chase Briscoe, Ty Majeski and Austin Cindric.

Kelley is on loan from Roush Fenway Racing, where he’s worked for the last 17 seasons.
The 47-year-old Floridian raced Modifieds and Goody’s Dash cars around his hometown of St. Petersburg before moving to North Carolina to pursue a career in NASCAR.

Donnie Wingo, another Roush alumni, will continue in his role as Competition Director.

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