Front Row Motorsports announced on Wednesday, March 4th that Brett Moffitt will drive the No. 34 Ford Fusion in the next three Sprint Cup Series races.
“We know Brett doesn’t have a ton of Sprint Cup experience, but he’s got a lot of hours behind the wheel in testing time, and he was certainly impressive Sunday in Atlanta,” team owner Bob Jenkins said. “For only his eighth start, he showed a lot of poise, patience and maturity that you don’t often see in drivers that age.”
David Ragan, who normally drives the car, is subbing for the injured Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Moffitt is coming off of an impressive run that saw him finish eighth this past weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway behind the wheel of the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. Moffitt was pegged for the ride to sub for Brian Vickers as Vickers missed the first two races due to off-season heart surgery. Vickers returns behind the wheel this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Moffitt will pilot the No. 34 Shaw’s Southern Belle Seafood Ford this weekend at Las Vegas, followed by Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway on March 15 and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on March 22.
The 22-year-old has nine wins in the K&N Pro Series East, and is current a test driver for Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and Michael Waltrip Racing. The race on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway marks Moffitt’s ninth career start.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to run some races for Front Row,” Moffitt said. “After last weekend, I’m obviously eager to get back into a car and keep racing. I’m grateful to Bob Jenkins and his team for giving me the chance to do that. I’ll do my best to get some good finishes for them. I’m also thankful that Michael Waltrip Racing is allowing me to pursue this opportunity. I think it’s going to benefit everyone in the end.”
Despite the pair of team’s having different manufactures, Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman expressed support for Moffitt in this endeavor.
“As we anticipated, there has been heightened interest for Brett Moffitt’s services after his solid performance last weekend in Atlanta,” Kauffman said. “While he is committed to MWR, we are happy for him to gain further valuable experience and help Bob Jenkins, Jerry Freeze and the team at Front Row Motorsports over the next few races. Bob and Front Row were very gracious with our Toyota teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing after Kyle Busch’s unfortunate injuries by allowing David Ragan to vacate the No. 34 to drive the No. 18. We will continue to work on future opportunities for Brett.”