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Blake Koch gets Front Row Motorsports nod for Phoenix, Las Vegas

Feb 17, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Blake Koch will be next up in the likely driver carousel that will be piloting Front Row Motorsports’ No. 35 Ford, the car being driven by Eric McClure at the Daytona 500.

He announced today he’ll race FRM’s third car at Phoenix and Las Vegas. He posted semi-respectable NASCAR Nationwide Series results at the two races last year, 16th at Phoenix and 21st in Las Vegas.

Koch made his Sprint Cup debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway last fall, and finished 38th after completing 216 laps before a vibration took him out of the race in the Leavine Family Racing entry.

In 28 Nationwide starts last year, the closest Koch came to a top-10 finish occurred in a one-off start for RAB Racing at the season finale at Homestead. There, Koch qualified second and finished 11th in the team’s No. 99 Toyota.

Koch wrote a tweet with thoughts on the appointment.

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