Death Wish Coffee Fuels John Hunter Nemechek for First Race of Michigan Doubleheader

Nemechek on Michigan:
"Michigan is a pretty unique track. It's kind of a blend of a superspeedway and a mile-and-a-half track. It's widened out a lot and it's pretty smooth, so you can run wide open to find clean air. It's going to be important like always to have as close a setup as possible going in so that you only have to make small adjustments during the race.
"We've got Death Wish Coffee back on our No. 38 Ford Mustang for the Saturday race this weekend. I'm confident that my Front Row Motorsports team will put together a fast race car at the shop so that we can go out and get a good result for our partners. It's been great having Death Wish with us for several races this season."

Mystik® Lubricants Returns to Front Row Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 3, 2020) - For the second season in a row, Mystik Lubricants, a member of the CITGO Petroleum Corporation family of brands, will join Front Row Motorsports (FRM) aboard the No. 38 Ford Mustang. Mystik Lubricants will serve as the primary sponsor of Rookie-of-the-Year Candidate John Hunter Nemechek at Michigan International Speedway on August 9 and again at Bristol Motor Speedway in September. The brand continues to be featured as an associate sponsor throughout the season.

Mystik Lubricants develops products for real-world conditions that are specially formulated to meet the unique demands of specialized machines. Mystik supplies greases and engine oils for automotive, heavy-duty, commercial, industrial, powersports and agricultural customers.
"Our involvement with Front Row Motorsports has been very well-received over the last few years," said Brian Paulson, Lubricants General Manager. "There's been a lot of excitement among our customers and especially with John Hunter's strong performance in his rookie season, we're looking forward to continuing our partnership and seeing the Mystik Lubricants colors on the No. 38."
CITGO Petroleum Corporation began its partnership with FRM in 2018 with its CITGARD brand. After a successful stint with the team, Mystik Lubricants was introduced to the NASCAR family in 2019 as part of an increased commitment with FRM.
"It's great to see Mystik Lubricants back with our Front Row Motorsports team in 2020," said Nemechek. "Their products help power our farmers' equipment across the country, and that's so important for our economy. I'm proud to race with Mystik."
"We've had a lot of growth this season and we're seeing the excitement with our partners, too," added Nemechek.
Fritz Sports & Event Enterprises continues to oversee the partnership.
"We are thrilled to see Mystik Lubricants join the Front Row Motorsports family again in 2020," said CEO Doug Fritz. "This partnership has been beneficial for everyone involved and we look forward to continuing that positive momentum."

About Mystik Lubricants
Tracing its heritage back to 1922, Mystik Lubricants offers specialized performance lubricants that are developed in real-world conditions to meet the unique demand for consumer, commercial, agriculture, power sports--such as personal watercraft, snowmobile, outboard and ATVs--and industrial equipment. Mystik Lubricants products exceed industry standards and are available through local retailers, national marketers and online at www.mystiklubes.com. Visit the company website, email info@mystiklubes.com or call 1-855-4-MYSTIK (469-7845) for more information..

About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields two full-time entries - the No. 34 of Michael McDowell and the No. 38 of John Hunter Nemechek - from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. In 2020, the team announced an expansion to include the No. 38 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, driven by Todd Gilliland. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at Facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
About Fritz Sports & Event Enterprises
Fritz Sports & Event Enterprises is a sports marketing and event management business specializing in sports and event sponsorship marketing and activation, brand development, as well as event management.

Post-Race Report: New Hampshire

No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang
Started: 36th
Finished: 36th (out)
  • Stage One: 11th
  • Stage Two: 18th
  • Stage Three: 36th (out)
  • John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the 36th place, following a random draw for starting position. After the first handful of laps, he radioed to the team that his No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang “started off on the splitter… getting tight center off.” He pitted at the Competition Caution for 4 tires with an air pressure adjustment, fuel and a track bar adjustment. When a caution came out on Lap 62, Nemechek said the previous adjustment helped, but he still needed “more rotation through the center.” He pitted for 4 tires, fuel and another track bar adjustment under yellow. By the end of Stage 1, Nemechek had made his way into the 11th position and told Crew Chief Seth Barbour that he was “good right there… I like the way that’s going.” He and Barbour opted not to pit during the Stage Break Caution.
  • Shortly after Stage 2 got underway, the caution flag flew for rain at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. However, the track managed to stay dry enough that a red flag pause was not needed. Nemechek brought his No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang to pit road for 4 tires and fuel under caution. Once the race restarted, Nemechek settled into the top 20 for a longer green flag run. When the caution came out on Lap 170, Nemechek told the crew that he had “lost grip in the tires as the run went on.” He pitted for 4 tires with a slight air pressure adjustment and fuel under caution. There were only a few green flag laps remaining in Stage 2, but by the end, Nemechek said the car felt pretty good. He would take the green- and white-checkered flag in the 18th position.
  • Nemechek would start the Final Stage of Sunday’s race in 16th place. On Lap 197, he noted that his No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang was free to fire off. When a caution came a few laps later, Nemechek said he was still on the free side and that it was hard to predict what the tires would do while running the top line. He pitted for 4 tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. On Lap 212, Nemechek had a tire go down and hit the wall in Turn 3, bringing an unfortunate early end to his day.
Nemechek on New Hampshire:
  • “That was definitely a hard hit, but I’m okay. An unfortunate end to our day in the No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang. We had a fast car and were pretty good on the short run. We struggled a little on the long run, but overall we had a fast race car. I can't thank my guys enough for how we unloaded. We unloaded with speed and felt good about our situation. We had a top-15 car today, but we pitted for tires towards the end and must have run something over and had a left front tire go down, which ended our day. Really appreciate the support from our partners at CITGARD, coming on board with us today. We’ll have them back with us again a few more times this season, so we’ll still have another chance to get them a great finish."

John Hunter Nemechek Looks for Speed at New Hampshire with CITGARD

Nemechek on New Hampshire:
"New Hampshire is a fun track to race at. The progressive banking makes things interesting. It can be challenging as a driver to find the right line to make passes, but once you have that figured out, you can make it really work in your favor. It just makes for good, fun short track racing. I’ve only been there a few times in Xfinity, so I’m still looking to build that notebook throughout the race of what works and what doesn’t.
"We have our partners at CITGARD riding along with us again this weekend. We didn’t have the run we were hoping for with CITGARD at Texas, so we’re looking to have a better finish with them this week. We know where we want to be, and we’re making progress to get there."

Post-Race Report: Kansas

No. 38 Digital Ally Body Cameras Ford Mustang
Started: 30th
Finished: 19th
  • Stage One: 20th
  • Stage Two: 24th
  • Stage Three: 19th
  • John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag in Thursday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway in the 30th position. Early on, he radioed to tell the team that his No. 38 Digital Ally Body Cameras Ford Mustang was “on the tighter side in [Turns] 1 and 2… not bad on entry.” At the Competition Caution, he took 4 tires, fuel and a packer adjustment. By the time he took the green- and-white checkered flag to end Stage 1 in 20th place, he noted that Seth Barbour and the crew had made some headway on the previous adjustment, but he still needed to be freer. Nemechek would pit during the Stage Break Caution for 4 tires, fuel, wedge, grille tape and an air pressure adjustment.
  • As Stage 2 got underway, Nemechek said that his No. 38 Digital Ally Body Cameras Ford Mustang started off snug, but he “got a touch free in traffic.” He managed to stay inside the Top 20 for much of the stage as the track got freer. When the caution came out on Lap 142, Barbour made the call for Nemechek to take 2 tires and fuel, which allowed him to restart in third place. Unfortunately, the gamble did not pay off, as Nemechek got into dirty air on the restart and went on to finish Stage 2 in the 24th position.
  • Nemechek would begin the Final Stage in 21st place. He made contact with the No. 88 after a few laps and sustained damage to the right front fender. Luckily, he was able to bring his No. 38 Digital Ally Body Cameras Ford Mustang to pit road under caution a few laps later, where the crew determined that the damage was minimal. After a brief red flag on Lap 181 for accident cleanup, Nemechek would restart in the 14th position. He would stay in the Top 15 for much of the Final Stage until he spun on Lap 241. He finished the race one lap down in the 19th position.
Nemechek on Kansas:
  • “We had a fast race car, but it wasn’t the night we were hoping for in our No. 38 Digital Ally Body Cameras Ford Mustang. We weren’t too bad to fire off, just a little on the tighter side, and the track freed up as the night went on. I didn’t have a lot of front grip at the top, so couldn’t really run the same line as some of those other guys. Restarts were crazy tonight and we managed to stay out of trouble for most of the race, but the car came around on me towards the end there. I’m still proud of the effort from everyone at Front Row Motorsports to still bring home a top-20 finish after the night we had. We’ll shake it off and get ready for New Hampshire next week.”

Digital Ally Joins Front Row Motorsports in 2020

Law Enforcement Video Equipment Manufacturer to Sponsor Nemechek and McDowell

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 22, 2020) - Digital Ally, which develops, manufactures and markets advanced video recording products for law enforcement, emergency management, fleet safety and security, has teamed up with Front Row Motorsports for multiple races in 2020. Highlighting their Body Camera line of products, Digital Ally will serve as the primary sponsor for the No. 38 Ford Mustang driven by Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year Candidate John Hunter Nemechek on Thursday at Kansas Speedway. The brand will also appear on the No. 34 of Michael McDowell for the doubleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway in August. Digital Ally continues to be an associate sponsor for the team throughout the 2020 season.

Headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., Digital Ally provides video solutions for law enforcement, first responders and safety and security teams. Digital Ally offers a complete video ecosystem that includes body cameras, in-car systems, patented auto activation, and flexible storage solutions. The brand has supported Nemechek as he's moved up the ranks to the NASCAR Cup Series.

"We are proud to continue our partnership with John Hunter Nemechek and expand our involvement with Front Row Motorsports," said Stan Ross, CEO of Digital Ally. "John Hunter is a great young talent and we're enjoying watching his successful rookie season in the No. 38 car. We're also looking forward to supporting Michael McDowell on track and are confident in his leadership for the No. 34 team."

"It's exciting to see Digital Ally stepping up their partnership with Front Row Motorsports," said Nemechek. "They've been a great partner to work with and I know all of us at FRM will do everything we can to make them proud. We're so thankful for their continued support."

"Current events are bringing widespread attention to the importance of body cameras and video solutions in general," said Greg Dyer, VP of Sales for Digital Ally, adding, "Our NASCAR partnership along with our many other outreach efforts are important in getting the word out about this critical technology."

The No. 38 Digital Ally Ford Mustang will make its debut at Kansas Speedway on Thursday, July 23. The NASCAR Cup Series race will air at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and MRN.

For more information about Digital Ally, visit digitalallyinc.com.

About Digital Ally
Digital Ally®, headquartered in Lenexa, KS, specializes in the design and manufacturing of the highest quality video recording equipment and video analytic software. Digital Ally pushes the boundaries of technology in industries such as law enforcement, emergency management, fleet safety and security. Digital Ally's complete product solutions include vehicle and body cameras, flexible software storage, automatic recording technology and various critical safety products. These products work seamlessly together and are simple to install and operate.  In addition, Digital Ally recently launched two new product lines including a non-contact thermometer/controlled-entry device under the Company's ThermoVu™ brand and an EPA Category IV disinfectant/sanitizer under the Company's Shield™ brand.  Digital Ally products are sold by domestic direct sales representatives and international distributors worldwide.

About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields two full-time entries - the No. 34 of Michael McDowell and the No. 38 of John Hunter Nemechek - from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. In 2020, the team announced an expansion to include the No. 38 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, driven by Todd Gilliland. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at Facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.

Post-Race Report: Texas

Started: 28th
Finished: 22nd
  • Stage One: 21st
  • Stage Two: 23rd
  • Stage Three: 22nd
  • John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway in the 28th position, following a random draw for the starting lineup. In the first 10 laps, Nemechek radioed that his No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang “fired off loose, but not terrible.” At the Competition Caution on Lap 20, Crew Chief Seth Barbour made the call to try and tighten up the car by pitting for 4 tires, fuel, track bar and packer adjustments, and grille tape. In the remaining laps of Stage 1, Nemechek felt that he couldn’t predict what the rear of the car was going to do, particularly in Turns 1 and 2. Nemechek would take the green- and-white checkered flag in 21st place and pit under the Stage Break Caution for 4 tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and more grille tape.
  • Shortly after Stage 2 began, Nemechek noted that his No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang’s tires were “really slick” and the car was still unpredictable. He stayed quiet on the radio for much of the stage, trying to see where he could run in order to find more grip on the track. Unfortunately, by the time he took the green- and-white checkered flag, the handling still had not improved. Nemechek would finish Stage 2 in 23rd place.
  • Shortly after the Final Stage got underway, a wreck happened among the lead cars, causing Nemechek to slide his tires through the grass in order to avoid getting caught up. He pitted for 4 tires and fuel after a brief red flag pause, but still was not satisfied with the handling on his No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang. On Lap 242, Nemechek would spin coming off of Turn 2 after the car “just snapped loose” and spun around on him. He avoided significant damage, but still would be unable to recover for a lead-lap finish. Nemechek took the checkered flag in 22nd place.
Nemechek on Texas:
  • “It was a tough day in our No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang. We had some issues and struggled to find a good balance throughout the day. And in the final stage, I think, it just snapped loose on me and spun me around. It’s certainly not the day we were hoping for, for our partners at CITGARD and FleetPride. We’ll talk through it at the shop this week and look for a better run at Kansas."

CITGARD Returns to Power John Hunter Nemechek at Texas

Nemechek on Texas:
"Texas was one of the races I ran last year with Front Row Motorsports, so you always look forward to going back to a place where you had good experiences. Having the same crew when we go back is helpful and I’m confident in where we’re going as a team. We already have a notebook from running at Texas last year, so hopefully we can start off close. As a mile-and-a-half track, Texas is basically Kentucky reversed. The track is going to change a lot with the PJ1, so as a driver, you need to find the best line to run while adapting to various conditions.
"It’s great to have CITGARD back on board with us this weekend, and we want to extend a special welcome to FleetPride Service Centers to the CITGARD family. CITGARD heavy duty engine oils are now available at all 43 FleetPride Service Center locations across the US. I’m looking forward to a great run at Texas this weekend, and a great result for our partners."

John Hunter Nemechek Ready for All-Star Open with YANMAR America

Nemechek on Bristol All-Star Event:
"I feel pretty good about our chances to get into the All-Star Race. When you look at where we finished earlier this year at Bristol, most of the guys in front of us are already in the race. We have to make the most of the situation we’re in, and I think we’re going into Bristol in a good situation.
"Bristol has been good to me ever since I started my career in NASCAR. It’s high-banked and really fast, which suits my driving style. I’ve always liked to run there. You have to attack from the start, search for grip, use multiple lines and figure out where you can run best. It’s a lot of fun. If I could race at Bristol every single weekend, I would.
"I’m really looking forward to having fans back with us and running on Wednesday night. I think it’s a very unique thing that NASCAR has been able to accomplish this year. It’s one of those things that we’re able to give back to fans and supporters. I’m glad that we have YANMAR America with us one more time and it’s great that they’ll be able to watch their car on track from the stands."

Post-Race Report: Kentucky

No. 38 YANMAR America Ford Mustang
Started: 22nd
Finished: 36th (out)
  • Stage One: 29th
  • Stage Two: 29th
  • Stage Three: 36th (out)
  • Following a random draw for starting position, John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Kentucky Speedway in 22nd place. He noted on Lap 6 that his No. 38 YANMAR America Ford Mustang was “free to start” and was experiencing a lot of splitter bounce. At the Competition Caution, Nemechek pitted for 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. As Stage 1 came to a close, Nemechek was still loose and still bouncing off the splitter. He would take the green- and-white checkered flag a lap down in 29th position and pitted under caution for 4 tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.
  • Nemechek continued to struggle with the handling of his No. 38 YANMAR America Ford Mustang in Stage 2. He radioed to the team on Lap 116 that the splitter bounce was worse and when he was “behind someone in traffic, I just get loose.” He noted a few laps later that he was “wrecking loose center off” and eventually made a green flag pit stop for 4 tires, fuel, wedge and packer adjustments. When the caution came out on Lap 153, Crew Chief Seth Barbour made the call for Nemechek to pit for another packer adjustment and in the few short green flag laps remaining in Stage 2, Nemechek said that his handling had definitely improved. He would finish Stage 2 in the 29th position.
  • Two laps down and without a wavearound opportunity, Nemechek pitted for 4 tires and fuel at the final Stage Break Caution. As Stage 3 got underway, Nemechek noted that his No. 38 YANMAR America Ford Mustang was finally in a place where he felt comfortable and his handling had improved. After making contact with the wall on Lap 243, Nemechek sustained heavy damage to the right side of the car, and the crew was unable to make enough repairs on pit road. He would retire to the garage and finished in 36th place.
Nemechek on Kentucky:
  • “Wasn’t the day we were hoping for in our No. 38 YANMAR America machine. We were loose to fire off and we were hitting the splitter, and it got worse before it got better. Seth and the crew tried a few different adjustments, but by the time we were able to get the handling to a better place, we were already multiple laps down and then we made heavy contact with the wall, which ended our day. Hate that for the team and our partners at YANMAR America. Everyone has worked so hard to get our Front Row Motorsports cars ready each week. We’ll regroup and focus on having a good run in the All-Star Open and getting our YANMAR America Ford Mustang into the All-Star Race on Wednesday."