Front Row adds third Cup Series entry for 2025

Front Row Motorsports will once again be a three-car NASCAR Cup Series operation in 2025 after buying a third charter.

The organization did not reveal whom they bought the charter from for the third car. However, the announcement comes a day after Stewart-Haas Racing announced it was closing its NASCAR operation at season’s end.

Front Row Motorsports will continue to field Ford Mustang Dark Horse entries. There were no announcements about the driver lineup.

“We have a very positive outlook on the future of NASCAR and as the sport plans for success, so do we,” said team owner Bob Jenkins. “Today that means having a plan for expanding back to three cars in the NASCAR Cup Series. I always have the vision to continue to grow and improve our team and that commitment and desire never changes. I am committed to the sport and its passionate fans and partners.”


Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland currently compete under the Front Row banner. McDowell, however, is heading to Spire Motorsports in 2025. Gilliland is in his third season with the organization.

Front Row Motorsports last fielded three full-time entries in 2019. McDowell, John Hunter Nemechek, and Matt Tifft were the drivers. The third entry has been run in select races in the last few seasons.

The growth of the organization for 2025 follows the Tier-1 status it gained with Ford this season. Front Row Motorsports also has a technical alliance with Team Penske.

“It is good to get the news out now as we have a lot of work to do to prepare a new team,” said general manager Jerry Freeze. “All of us on the leadership team will be working through that, obtaining the parts and pieces needed for the new team. And, most importantly, adding to the dedicated and talented staff and culture that exists today within our organization.

“Starting a new team from scratch is always a challenge, but with the opportunities in front of us, the talent we have in our leadership, and a bit of a runway to get there, I am confident that we can produce three competitive programs out of the box for the 2025 season. We haven’t lost sight of what our goals for 2024 are — to get our teams into the playoffs for both series. If we can keep up the speed on track and have a little bit of luck to come our way, we can achieve our objectives.”

Front Row Motorsports will also continue to field an entry in the Craftsman Truck Series next season.

Story originally appeared on Racer