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Front Row Motorsports hires two crew chiefs

January 17, 2013, Staff report,

Lane excited about return to team; Kerr hopes for growth

Front Row Motorsports completed its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series lineup Thursday by hiring new crew chiefs for two of its three drivers.

Frank Kerr will serve as crew chief of David Gilliland’s No. 38 Ford, and Steven Lane joins FRM as crew chief of Josh Wise’s No. 26.

The two men have combined to serve as crew chief in more than 400 Sprint Cup races. Lane has 258 races to his credit, including 28 last year with David Stremme. Lane first became a full-time crew chief in 2002, when he directed Kyle Petty’s No. 45 Dodge.

Lane also has experience with Front Row Motorsports. He led John Andretti in the team’s No. 34 car in 2009 -- its first full foray into Cup racing -- and Travis Kvapil the following season in the same car.

The veteran was hired to bring some stability to Wise's camp. With 34 career starts, the 29-year-old driver is the least experienced of FRM’s three Cup drivers.

"This will definitely feel like a homecoming of sorts, back with Front Row and back with Ford," Lane said.  "It was a great experience to help get Front Row's first Cup team off the ground back in 2009, and this will be a similar experience working with Josh as he expands his role with the team."

Kerr joins Front Row with 151 races under his belt, 104 of which came from 2009-2011 with JTG-Daugherty Racing.

The NASCAR veteran has previously worked with David Gilliland -- who has run all 36 Cup races in the past two years -- in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2005.

"I'm looking forward to working with this young team," Kerr said.  "As an organization they've only been on track for a few short years, but there's a lot of experience in the shop, in the leadership and behind the wheel. I'm looking forward to helping them continue to grow."