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Clayton Hughes to join Front Row as McDowell’s spotter, parting ways with Truex

Front Row Motorsports indicated Friday that spotter Clayton Hughes will join the organization, spotting for Michael McDowell in the NASCAR Cup Series next season.

Hughes had been the longtime spotter for Martin Truex Jr., and he served as his eye in the sky for his march to the 2017 Cup Series championship. Hughes was a familiar voice on the radio for Furniture Row Racing who followed Truex to Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 team, where his call of “Stage winner, M-T-J,” continued to be a common refrain.

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FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass reported that Drew Herring, who has spent his recent years with Toyota Racing Development’s testing and simulation program, would spot for Truex in 2021.

Front Row Motorsports has not announced its full driver lineup for next season, but Hughes indicated on social media that he would work with McDowell and crew chief Drew Blickensderfer, who would return for his third straight season with FRM. John Hunter Nemechek announced Nov. 16 that he would leave the Bob Jenkins-owned Front Row team, and he signed a week later with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.