Todd Gilliland has picked up sponsorship from First Phase for multiple races in 2022 in the NASCAR Cup Series, beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500, Front Row Motorsports announced Jan. 31.
First Phase, a credit card from CURO Credit, will be featured alongside returning FRM brand partner Speedy Cash throughout the season. Its other races outside Daytona have not yet been revealed.
Speedy Cash will also be an associate sponsor of Michael McDowell‘s Cup car for the team and will do so for Zane Smith‘s No. 38 in the NASCAR Camping World Series, alongside a primary role at Texas Motor Speedway.
“The customers and staff at CURO have been great to me and everyone at FRM,” Gilliland said in a team release. “They continue to step up their program and it’s so cool that I get to introduce the new First Phase credit card to the NASCAR fans this season beginning at my first Daytona 500. We have had success with Speedy Cash, too. I’m grateful to have both brands racing with us and I’m thankful for all their partnership.”
Gilliland will make his Cup debut at the Daytona 500 next month, running for rookie of the year honors for 2022. He spent the last few years in the Truck Series, with two wins, 26 top fives and 52 top 10s in 93 starts since 2017, including a career-high seventh-place finish in points in 2021.
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