Front Row hires new crew chiefs


Front Row Motorsports announced on Thursday that Frank Kerr will serve as crew chief for David Gilliland and the No. 38 Ford team, while Steven Lane has been hired as crew chief for Josh Wise and the organization’s No. 26 Ford team, both in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“I’m looking forward to working with the young team,” Kerr said. “As an organization, they’ve only been on track for a few short years, but there’s a lot of experience in the shop, in the leadership and behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to helping them continue to grow.”

Kerr comes to FRM from JTG Daugherty Racing, where he worked with drivers Bobby Labonte and Marcos Ambrose. It’ll be a reunion of sorts for crew chief and driver, as Kerr worked with Gilliland for a short time in the Nationwide Series in 2005.

Lane has worked with teams including Petty Enterprises and Chip Ganassi Racing and with drivers such as Kyle Petty and David Stremme. Lane was previously with the Front Row Motorsports in 2009, then as crew chief for the No. 34 car.

“This will definitely feel like a homecoming, of sorts, back with Front Row and back with Ford,” Lane said. “It was a great experience to help get Front Row’s first full-time Cup team off the ground back in 2009, and this will be a similar experience working with Josh as he expands his role with the team.

Front Row Motorsports is a three car team, and as for its No. 34 group — the crew chief remains the same. Jay Guy remains with the No. 34 and driver David Ragan.

“It’s great to have three veteran guys leading our race teams and have Derrick (Finley) back exclusively in his competition director role as we start the season with the new Ford Fusions,” team owner Bob Jenkins said. “Just like every other team, we’re going to have a lot of benchmarking, analysis and building to do this season, and it’ll help us to have a solid, experienced group leading that effort with each guy having a focused role.

Finley was previously FRM’s competition director, but assumed crew chief duties for Gilliland and the No. 38 team late last season.

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