By AMANDA VINCENT
The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series game of substitute driver musical chairs has slowed down, and Brett Moffitt has a full-time ride for the remainder of the season. He’s be named by Front Row Motorsports as the driver of the No. 34 Ford for the remainder of the season.
“I am excited for the opportunity to be in a Sprint Cup car on a weekly basis,” Moffitt said. “The most important thing for me at this point of my career is seat time, going to some of these tracks that are new to me, and racing around 42 other drivers in race conditions. And the more time I spend in the 34 car and with this team, the more competitive we’ll get. And I think that consistency will lead to some good finishes.”
Moffitt had driven a combination of the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota and the No. 34 of FRM over the course of the first 11 races of the season. He started out as a fill-in driver for Brian Vickers in the No. 55. During Vickers’ brief return, Moffitt moved over to the No. 34 to fill-in for David Ragan as Ragan filled-in for Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Busch is returning Saturday for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ragan originally was expected to return to the No. 34 sometime this season, but he recently was named the full-time driver of the No. 55 for the remainder of the season.
Ragan drove the No. 34 in the season-opening Daytona 500 in February before moving over to Joe Gibbs Racing. In the time since, drivers in the car have included Moffitt, Chris Buescher, Reed Sorenson and Joe Nemechek.
“We’re glad to be able to move forward knowing who is going to be in the car on a consistent basis,” Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins said. “Brett’s already got some great experience under his belt, and I think having the same driver-crew chief team working together regularly will bring some stability to our No. 34 team and help Brett with his development as well.”
In all, Moffitt has a total of 16-career Sprint Cup starts. His career-best finish came in his first start of the season — an eighth-place showing at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.
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