Successful Partnership Expands to 18 Races
STATESVILLE, N.C. (January 13, 2015) – David Gilliland will return to Front Row Motorsports in 2015, and his No. 38 Ford will carry the colors of Love’s Travel Stops for an expanded 18 races. The extended partnership will once again anchor Love’s as Gilliland’s principal sponsor for the season and will return the familiar yellow, red and black scheme to the No. 38 Ford Fusion for half of the 2015 points races.
The 2015 Sprint Cup season will mark Gilliland’s 10th year in NASCAR’s top series and sixth with the Statesville, N.C.-based race team. The 38-year-old driver earned Front Row’s first pole position in 2014, owns Front Row’s highest-ever points finish (26th in 2013) and has been a consistent threat for the team on superspeedways, road courses and short tracks. Gilliland and the Love’s Travel Stops Ford famously pushed teammate David Ragan to a Front Row 1-2 finish at Talladega Superspeedway in 2013 for the team’s first victory.
Love’s Travel Stops enters its third year as a partner with the team, having progressively grown its commitment with each season. The 18-race program will include events such as the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, both races at Texas Motor Speedway, and road-course races at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International.
“I am beyond excited about Love’s commitment to our program and to growing it each year,” Gilliland said. “What I’m most proud of is the simple fact that it’s working. Our program does exactly what a NASCAR partnership is supposed to do. It’s been hugely successful, for us and for them. I can’t wait to see what we can do as a team this year.”
The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Love’s Travel Stops is family-owned and operated with more than 330 locations in 40 states. During the 50 years they have shared the road with drivers, Love’s has grown to become one of America’s favorite travel stops offering clean, modern facilities stocked with fuel, food and supplies for travelers.
“This partnership enables Love’s to build closer relationships with our customers and highlight the Fast, Clean, Friendly service we’re known for,” said Dave Frankenfield, director of marketing for Love’s. “Gilliland is a great ambassador for Love’s, often stopping at our locations throughout the country during his personal travels. The engagement he values with his fans and our customers makes this relationship strong.”
“I’m really proud of how our relationship has grown with Love’s Travel Stops,” said team owner Bob Jenkins. “It’s a great success story of a company coming to the sport and partnering with the race team that can best deliver exactly what they’re looking for. The partnership has grown each year, and we look forward to it growing even more in the years to come.”
The Love’s Travel Stops Ford will hit the track in February for Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 will kick off the Sprint Cup Series points championship on Feb. 22, with the qualifying duels run on Feb. 19.
About Front Row Motorsports:
Front Row Motorsports is a race-winning organization competing in NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series, fielding the No. 34 of David Ragan and the No. 38 of David Gilliland. The team is owned by Bob Jenkins and is headquartered just outside of Charlotte, N.C. FRM was named to INC Magazine’s “INC 5000” list in 2012, recognizing the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The team’s partnership base is representative of more than $200 billion of the U.S. economy and includes organizations such as Ford Motor Company, CSX Transportation, Love’s Travel Stops, Farm Rich, Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s. Visit teamfrm.com.
About Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and remains entirely family-owned and operated. With more than 330 locations and 200 Love’s TruckTire Care centers in 40 states, Love’s approximate growth rate is 20 stores per year. Love’s is currently ranked No. 9 on Forbes Magazine’s annual listing of America’s Largest Private Companies. To learn more, go to www.loves.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/lovestravelstops), or follow @LovesTravelStop on Twitter.