Front Row Motorsports made a surprising statement on Tuesday just two weeks before the start of the Cup Series Season.
Todd Gilliland will be snuffed out as one of the 34 full-time drivers from the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023 with Zane Smith being announced as his replacement as a part-time driver for selected races.
Smith will drive the No. 38 Ford Mustang for Front Row Motorsports in five Cup Series races this year.
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The reigning Craftsman Truck Series champion Smith will also attempt the season-opening Daytona 500 in the No. 36 Ford, a third car for the organization alongside Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland.
“I’m fortunate to have a great sponsor of Centene’s stature to step up and support me and Front Row Motorsports as I look to gain racing experience in the NASCAR Cup Series while at the same time defending the NASCAR Craftsman title,” said Smith.
Todd Gilliland reacted to news of losing his Cup ride
Todd Gilliland did not take the news too kindly and voiced his dissatisfaction as he was expecting to run the full schedule this season.
“It was a shock when they told me and I’m disappointed,” he tweeted. “We’re working really hard to still be behind the wheel for the races I will be missing and plan on putting our best foot forward all season.”
As you guys have heard I won’t be full time in the 38 this year. It was a shock when they told me and I’m disappointed. We’re working really hard to still be behind the wheel for the races I will be missing and plan on putting our best foot forward all season.
— Todd Gilliland (@ToddGilliland_) February 7, 2023