Front Row Motorsports (FRM) will run reigning NASCAR Truck Collection champion Zane Smith as an open entry within the Daytona 500. He shall be one among six drivers trying to make the sector, 5 of which have by no means began 500 earlier than.
The rising star will pilot the No. 36 FRM Ford Mustang within the occasion. Centene Company is partnering with the staff and Ambetter Well being will function a major sponsor on the automotive.
“I’m lucky to have an amazing sponsor of Centene’s stature to step up and assist me and Entrance Row Motorsports as I look to achieve racing expertise within the NASCAR Cup Collection whereas on the identical time defending the NASCAR Craftsman title,” stated Smith in a launch from the staff. “I’m excited to signify Ambetter Well being and Wellcare as Centene continues to develop their involvement in NASCAR and their healthcare presence throughout america.”
Smith made his Cup Collection debut at Gateway final yr, subbing for Chris Buescher at RFK Racing. He was very spectacular in that lone look, ending seventeenth and on the lead lap.
Moreover, Smith will run six races behind the wheel of the chartered No. 38 automotive. The common driver of that entry, Todd Gilliland, shall be pressured to the sidelines for these occasions.
In response to the information, Gilliland launched the next assertion on social media: “As you guys have heard I received’t be full time within the 38 this yr. It was a shock after they advised me and I’m disillusioned. We’re working actually exhausting to nonetheless be behind the wheel for the races I shall be lacking and plan on placing our greatest foot ahead all season.”
Smith will change Gilliland at Phoenix in March, Talladega in April, Sonoma in June, Texas in September, and the Charlotte Roval in October.
Smith may even run the Coke 600 in Could, with backing from the Boot Barn.