Matt Tifft
Front Row Motorsports
2019 Fantasy Outlook
December brought us the exciting news that Front Row Motorsports was expanding back to three teams after a few seasons racing as a two-team stable. Team owner Bob Jenkins purchased the distressed assets of the former BK Racing and the No. 23 team. Most importantly he acquired that team's charter. The new team will be the FRM No. 36 Ford and they've hired youngster Tifft to pilot the car in its first season. As of this writing, sponsorship and crew chief have not been announced, but will likely be named later in January. The 22-year-old driver is coming off two straight seasons of racing in the Xfinity Series for Richard Childress Racing. Tifft earned 32 combined Top-10 finishes and seventh- and sixth-place finishes in the points those two seasons. He's been racing highly competitive regional and national touring series since the age of 17, so he's well prepared for this promotion. Still, there is lots to learn in Tifft's first season of Cup racing. It will likely be a bumpy affair. Read Past Outlooks
Daytona Sponsor Named
NASCAR Cup
February 7, 2019
Speedco, a national network of service locations for the trucking industry and member of the Love's family of companies, will sponsor Tifft and the No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford Mustang in the 61st Daytona 500, speedsport.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This will be Tifft's first start with his new race team at the Cup level, so sponsorship and other details are beginning to emerge. Speedco will brand the No. 36 Ford with their colors for the Great American Race. Tifft will be making his first Daytona 500 attempt, and first Cup Series start in this race. He has five prior starts at this oval in the Xfinity Series. Tifft has one Top-15 and four Top-20 finishes in those five efforts. The young driver will have a lot to learn in his first Daytona 500 effort.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Tifft swapped from Joe Gibbs Racing to Richard Childress Racing over the off-season. He nabbed 13 Top-10 finishes last season in the No. 19 Toyota and wound up a respectable seventh in the overall final driver standings of 2017. Now he'll take the wheel of the No. 2 Chevy Camaro of RCR. The 21-year-old driver only has 44 starts of experience in Xfinity Series racing, so Tifft still has lots to learn. However, the pairing with this race team and organization should keep his trajectory pointed north. Of the many Childress teams the No. 2 camp has recently shown to be the fastest and most consistent of the camp. That's a good sign for Tifft's continued development.
With Kyle Busch and a driver rotation firmly set in the JGR No. 18, and with Daniel Suarez and another rotation set for the No. 20, that leaves Tifft to likely occupy the team's No. 19 Toyota. It hasn't been announced for sure as of this writing, but it's kind of a process of elimination. Tifft has spent the last two seasons competing on a part-time basis in the Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs and Kyle Busch. Over that span hea's amassed two Top-5 and 14 Top-10 finishes in 33 starts. Tifft hasn't set the world on fire, but the 20-year-old driver is ready to take the next step in his development. Hea's going to get a fantastic opportunity racing for one of the strongest stables in this division of NASCAR. Tifft will be teamed with crew chief Matt Beckman and the two will look to make some waves in the young driver's first full season. The potential here is great for this driver and team, but the learning curve will also be steep.
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Joins Front Row Motorsports
NASCAR Cup
November 27, 2018
Bob Jenkins will expand his Front Row Motorsports team in 2019, signing Tifft to drive a third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry, the No. 36 Ford Mustang, Front Row Motorsports PR reports.
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Third at Phoenix
XFINITY Series
November 10, 2018
Tifft finished third in the Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway Saturday afternoon.
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Fast Xfinity Practice at Las Vegas
XFINITY Series
September 14, 2018
Tifft was fastest in opening practice for the DC Solar 300 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday. He turned a fast lap of 177.614 mph.
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Runner-up Finish at Road America
XFINITY Series
August 25, 2018
Tifft finished second in the Johnsonville 180 Xfinity Series race at Road America Saturday afternoon.
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Wins Road America Pole
XFINITY Series
August 25, 2018
Tifft won the pole for the Johnsonville 180 Xfinity Series race at Road America Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 109.307 mph.
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