The NASCAR Cup Series organization of Front Row Motorsports has undergone a number of management changes, such as the arrival of a new crew chief for racer Michael McDowell.
Travis Peterson, a seasoned leading race engineer, has been appointed the new crew chief of McDowell’s No. 34 Ford, starting immediately. Peterson formerly worked with racers Chris Buescher, Ryan Newman, and Matt Kenseth at Roush Fenway Keselowski (RFK) Racing for the last five seasons.
For Dale Earnhardt Jr. and JR Motorsports at Hendrick Motorsports, Peterson worked as a race engineer before joining the RFK team.
Blake Harris, who departed FRM to go for Hendrick Motorsports as Alex Bowman’s crew chief, is replaced by Peterson.
The No. 34 Ford squad, which just finished a season with 12 top-10 and two top-five finishes, will now be led by Peterson.
“I think there are a lot of people in the NASCAR garage who are noticing what Front Row Motorsports has accomplished with the new car and their Truck program,” said Peterson, 31. “This is an opportunity to come into a winning and championship organization and help take that next step of getting more wins in the Cup Series and be in the playoffs.
“I’m ready to get to work. I’ve always had the goal of becoming a crew chief and now I’m ready to take advantage of the opportunity.”
FRM seems to be in the process of replacing the leadership of its No. 38 Cup Series team.
Seth Barbour, the previous crew chief for the No. 38, has been appointed technical director for FRM and will be in charge of all racetrack engineering and car setup procedures for both FRM Cup Series entries. The No. 38 team’s new crew chief will be revealed at a later time.
Ryan Bergenty, the previous No. 34 car chief, has been appointed to performance director. Bergenty’s responsibilities include managing all body and chassis assembly for all FRM entries.
Bergenty will collaborate with the team crew chiefs to enhance each week’s build while following to the rules of each race, in addition to his responsibilities on the body and chassis side.
“The past two seasons Front Row Motorsports has seen success and we’re taking the next steps forward,” said Jerry Freeze, General Manager, Front Row Motorsports. “We know that Travis is a person that can immediately come in, take the baton, and continue to move the No. 34 team to the front.
“We also made several changes internally to help with car preparation and engineering for all our race cars and trucks. Our final piece is finding a new leader for the No. 38 team. We’re confident that with these changes that we’ll be even better next season.”
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