Apparently the key to getting a full-time NASCAR ride is getting engaged. Both Matt Tifft and Chase Briscoe got engaged over the weekend and both announced full-time rides for the 2019 season Tuesday.
The 22-year old Ohio native announced Tuesday that he would be joining Front Row Motorsports for the 2019 Cup Series season. He will pilot the #36 Ford Mustang alongside teammates Michael McDowell and David Ragan. FRM will field 3 cars for the 2019 season after acquiring BK Racing’s #23 toward the end of the 2018 season.
Moving to FRM next year makes it the third season in a row Tifft will start the season with a new team. In 2017 Tifft joined the Xfinity Series full time with Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2018 he moved to Richard Childress Racing full-time in the Xfinity Series. Now in 2019, he will move teams once again to FRM.
Tiftt developed into a really solid driver in 2018. Weirdly enough he had a better season at RCR than he did with the elite Xfinity program at JGR. In 2018 he recorded 6 Top-5’s, 19 Top-10’s and 6th place points finish. He turned in respectable numbers for the ride.
In 2019 Tifft will experience a learning curve like he hasn’t seen before. The 2019 package might make FRM a little more competitive but he will have to get accustomed to life in the middle of the mid-pack. He will also reportedly bring sponsorship with him.
After wondering where his career would go and hopping into any car he could get his hands on, Chase Briscoe now has a full-time ride.
Briscoe will join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2019 for a full Xfinity season in the #98 car. Nutri-Chomps will sponsor the first 13 races, no further sponsorship was announced but they will be running a full season.
This is great news for a guy who has bounced around since Brad Keselowski Racing closed at the end of the 2017 season. Briscoe won the last truck race for BKR at Homestead and was immediately unemployed upon leaving Victory Lane. He then landed a partial season with Roush Fenway Racing in the Xfinity #60 car. Turns out that car was cursed and he, Austin Cindric and Ty Majeski nearly bankrupted RFR.
But there were some bright moments for Briscoe in 2018. Thorsport and Ford put Briscoe in a truck at Eldora and he won. Flash forward to the Roval and Briscoe won again for Stewart-Haas Racing. That win only helped propel him to a full-time ride.
Both of these signings are great for the sport. More competitive cars is never a bad thing and cultivating young talent is the future of the sport. A word from the wise for up and coming drivers. Just propose to your significant other and you’ll get a new deal. And do it before that deal because a ring is supposed to be like 2 months salary. Save some cash.
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