The most under the radar driver in the sport, Michael McDowell will once again return to Front Row Motorsports for what is sure to be another mediocre season. I say that harshly due to the fact I still don’t understand why McDowell has remained in the Cup series outside of his financial backing thanks to Love’s Truck Center’s.

I wish there was more to talk about, but the truth is FRM isn’t expected to make any positive jump in their equipment and McDowell is well into his prime with no growth coming. The 34-team is expected to be about what it has been for years. A middle to back of the pack team that will get a handful of top tens and maybe contend for a win at Daytona or Talladega.

I believe that McDowell’s stop gap run is coming to an end soon. FRM is showing signs of wanting to get younger and go with upside over experience, even if it didn’t work out with John Hunter Nemechek, their signing of Anthony Alfredo confirms their intentions. 

Best-case season:

Wins: 1

Top Fives: 2

Top Tens: 6

Average Finish: 20th

Worst-case season:

Wins: 0

Top Fives: 0

Top Tens: 2

Average finish: 25th

I hate to be so dismissive, but there’s nothing to discuss for this team. McDowell and FRM have been in the same position competition wise for years now and there is no reason to expect anything else out of them. I don’t know what FRM’s team goals are, but they can’t be too lofty.

McDowell has a shot at winning a superspeedway race; he’s come close in the past. I’m going to be generous with his best-case season, because if that scenario played out it would be his best season to date, but it’s within the realm of possibility. Last season his 4 top tens was his best statistical year, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he continues that momentum.

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