It’s a bit of a surprise when Matt Tifft today will enter the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next year.
After two full seasons of XFINITY Series Racing, it’s the right time for Tifft to learn his trade at the top level with Front Row Motorsports.
That’s where Tifft will drive the No.36 Ford Mustang having inherited the charter from the defunct No.23 BK Racing assets a few months back.
Don’t know who will be the Crew Chief or sponsoring Tifft’s No.36 machine right now.
Yes, he will be driving for a limited-budget organization.
He has driven for Joe Gibbs Racing & Richard Childress Racing before in the second-tier.
However, it’s an excellent opportunity for Tifft to pick up a few dot points from his new team-mates:
- No.34 Michael McDowell
- No.38 David Ragan
McDowell & Ragan are very experienced racers and know what’s it like to compete against some of the top equipment teams in Cup level.
So Tifft will confidently have the talent in mind to pull off at least the Top 20-25 mark on a regular basis.
Some people on social media say that Tifft should learn more time in an XFINITY Series car to win races.
He not may have won an XFINITY Series race.
But like Daniel Hemric, Tifft has done enough regarding natural Top 5 & 10 finishes over the past two years.
As long as he doesn’t miss out the Playoffs at least in the Top 8, that’s fine which did happen.
Plus he’s not making any other mistakes to drive a top team in Cup straight away.
That will hopefully be his wish later his career if his FRM stint is successful.
Yes, 2017 at Joe Gibbs Racing was a slow and steady build with 2 Top 5 & 13 Top 10 feats in 7th.
But 2018 at RCR looked more successful with six Top 5s & 19 Top 10 finishes in 6th.
Plus he nearly won at Watkins Glen in 2nd back in August and 3rd in Phoenix earlier this month.
Give Tifft a chance to fire off his Cup career from the ground up and go from there.
If he does make occasional Top 10s in his first season, then there’s no doubt Tifft will become a success at FRM.
For now, great job from FRM to balance youth and experience in their 2019 Cup campaign from February in Daytona.