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Kvapil, Gilliland To Return To Front Row Motorsports

[1]Front Row Motorsports announced that Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland will be back behind the wheels of their FRM Fords in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Kvapil will pilot the team’s No. 34 Long John Silver Ford, and Gilliland will drive the No. 38 Taco Bell Ford. Bill Henderson will serve as crew chief for the No. 34 team. Henderson served as general manager with Prism Motorsports (now HP Racing) and as crew chief of the team’s No. 66 Cup entry. Peter Sospenzo will be back atop the pitbox of the No. 38 team. He teamed up with Gilliland over the final 12 races of 2010.

The team also plans to field a part-time team using the No. 37. Robert Richardson Jr is slated to drive for the team in the Daytona 500, and is likely to run the No. 37 with Mahindra Tractors on board as sponsor. Richardson ran the restrictor plates races for FRM last season.

Team owner Bob Jenkins said:

I’m thrilled to have Travis and David back. We’re going into our third season running full-time in Sprint Cup racing and we’re really starting to build something here with these guys. Our drivers are back, Sospenzo is back, (general manager) Jerry Freeze is into his third season running the team for us. So, I’m really excited to keep building with this core group.

In other team news, Derrick Finley has been appointed to the newly created position of competition director. And, the team will use Ford’s FR9 engines, supplied by Roush-Yates Engines. FRM also recently purchased 34 race cars from Richard Petty Motorsports.