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Michael McDowell, Todd Gilliland Returning to FRM in 2023

Front Row Motorsports has retained Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland for its NASCAR Cup Series team in 2023, FRM announced Dec. 15.

McDowell and Gilliland will return to the Nos. 34 and 38, respectively.

As previously reported, Travis Peterson will lead the No. 34 as its crew chief. Newly announced is Ryan Bergenty, who joins the No. 38.

“I’ve been really fortunate to find a home at Front Row Motorsports and to race for [team owner] Bob Jenkins,” McDowell said in a team release. “We’ve accomplished so much together, and I feel strongly that we’re just going to continue to improve. We have work ahead of us, but Travis and this team are more than capable of having another great season. I’m grateful for all the partners who support this team and we’re going to fight hard to get back into the playoffs in 2023.”

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“Although the number will be the same on our No. 38 Ford Mustang, we have major changes heading into 2023,” Gilliland added. “I know that Ryan will help elevate our program and give us a fresh start. Having a full season in the Cup Series under my belt, I feel that I’m better prepared, too. I’m ready to go.”

McDowell earned two top fives and career-high 12 top 10s in 2022 for the team. Gilliland snagged a top five and two top 10s in his rookie Cup season.

Gilliland becomes the first driver to remain with the No. 38 for more than a season since David Ragan drove the car for three years between 2017 and 2019.

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Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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