Ex-Hendrick Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Insider’s Switch Promises New Twist In Pecking Order Ahead of New Season

Published 11/24/2022, 6:11 AM EST

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With a new season around the corner, there are a few new changes to the NASCAR teams. One of which being Front Row Motorsport’s latest announcement. As a part of several changes throughout the organization, Front Row Motorsports have decided to shuffle personnel. And as a result of this, the #34 and #38 will now have their new crew chiefs. One of which is a veteran with ties with famous NASCAR teams and drivers like Hendrick Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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As per the recent announcement, veteran race engineer Travis Peterson will be serving as the new crew chief for the #34. Peterson, who has spent the last five years with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing, has an elaborate and successful career in NASCAR. After working as a race engineer for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick Motorsports, Peterson has also worked with drivers like Chris Buescher, Matt Kenseth, and Ryan Newman.

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Moreover, Front Row Motorsports also promoted the former #34 crew chief Ryan Begenty to the position of Performance Director. Now, Begenty is responsible for overseeing all chassis and body assembly operations. Apart from this, the team has also made a few leadership changes with its #38 team.

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Seth Barbour, the crew chief for #38, will now assume the role of Technical Director. He will now be responsible for overseeing all the car preparation as well as track-engineering processes. However, no announcement about the new crew chief has been made yet.

How did Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR fans react to the announcement?

NASCAR fans seemed quite excited about the new changes announced by Front Row Motorsports (FRM). Moreover, they congratulated the veteran engineer for starting his new journey with a team like Front Row Motorsports.

Furthermore, former NASCAR driver and JR Motorsports (JRM) team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. also congratulated Peterson. And surprisingly, this fanned some wild fan theories about JRM and FRM.

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Glad to set afoot on a new journey, Peterson said that he sees this as a huge opportunity that he is ready to take advantage of. He said; “I think there are a lot of people in the NASCAR garage who are noticing what Front Row Motorsports has accomplished with the new car and their truck program.”

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Furthermore, he shared; “This is an opportunity to come into a winning and championship organization and help take that next step of getting more wins in the Cup Series and be in the Playoffs. I’m ready to get to work. I’ve always had the goal of becoming a crew chief and now I’m ready to take advantage of the opportunity.”

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Devyani Sharma is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her postgrad in English Literature, she has worked as a content writer for a while now. With over three years of experience in the field and hundreds of articles published on the web, Devyani has now associated with EssentiallySports to start her journey in the world of sports journalism.
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