Today’s Live Fast Motorsports preview continues NASCAR.com’s countdown of team previews for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, starting with new chartered teams then ranked in reverse order of best finish in last year’s owner standings.
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Engine: Roush Yates Engines
Driver-crew chief pairings: B.J. McLeod—Frank Kerr (No. 78)
What’s new: The whole team. Drivers B.J. McLeod and Matt Tifft have teamed up to form Live Fast Motorsports and it is the culmination of a relationship that began when Tifft (now 24) went to a stock-car driving school at age 12 and McLeod (now 37) was one of the instructors. McLeod will be the driver with Tifft helping run things. The team has a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing that will see them get cars, parts and pieces from the championship-caliber organization – likely in a similar vein to SHR’s alliance with Go Fas Racing in 2020. The team purchased a charter from Go Fas team owner Archie St. Hilaire’s ownership interest of Circle Sport Racing’s charter. Veteran crew chief Frank Kerr will call the shots atop the pit box.
Team outlook: Expect some growing pains as a new team in the sport’s top series. Tifft has talked about 2021 being a “transition year” for the team to get its feet wet ahead of the 2022 debut of the Next Gen car.
Racing Insights’ stats break: McLeod has made 57 Cup starts with a best finish of 19th in the 2019 Daytona 500.
B.J. McLeod, No. 78 Ford
Experience: First full-time season after four part-time seasons in the NASCAR Cup Series
2020 stats: 16 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s
2020 final Fantasy Live ranking: 44th
2021 championship odds: 1,000-1
Outlook: This season is about laying the groundwork for the seasons to come as the organization takes shape. Tifft said in a November availability after the team was announced that they are looking to emulate Go Fas Racing “over the next year and going into future years.” A finish in the top 30 of owner points would be a solid start for the organization.
NASCAR.com 2021 team previews schedule
Jan. 18: 23XI Racing
Jan. 19: Trackhouse Racing Team
Jan. 20: Live Fast Motorsports
Jan. 21: Spire Motorsports
Jan. 22: JTG Daugherty Racing
Jan. 25: Front Row Motorsports
Jan. 26: Richard Petty Motorsports
Jan. 27: Roush Fenway Racing
Jan. 28: Wood Brothers Racing
Jan. 29: Richard Childress Racing
Jan. 30: Non-chartered and teams outside the top 30
Feb. 1: Chip Ganassi Racing
Feb. 2: Stewart-Haas Racing
Feb. 3: Joe Gibbs Racing
Feb. 4: Team Penske
Feb. 5: Hendrick Motorsports