McDowell Honoring Jimmy Means At Darlington

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Michael McDowell will honor Jimmy Means during the Southern 500.
Michael McDowell will honor Jimmy Means during the Southern 500.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford Mustang will feature a special paint scheme for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, honoring Jimmy Means’ No. 52 Alka-Seltzer Pontiac.

Means drove the iconic powder blue car in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In its early days, Front Row Motorsports was originally known as Means-Jenkins Motorsports, stemming from a partnership between Means and current Front Row Motorsports team owner Bob Jenkins. Their relationship began with Jenkins sponsoring Means at Bristol with his local Taco Bell franchise, which led Jenkins to a partial ownership of Means’ race team. The team was active for one year before Jenkins separated and founded Front Row Motorsports.

McDowell’s No. 34 Ford will feature the famous light blue body with red and dark blue accents. Front Row Motorsports partner Dockside Logistics will serve as the primary sponsor for the race.

“Throwback weekend at Darlington is one of my favorites of the whole year,” McDowell said. “It’s fun to recreate some of the most well-known paint schemes throughout the history of our sport. Our owner, Bob Jenkins, has always admired Jimmy Means, and the Alka-Seltzer car is definitely a favorite of his. I’m really excited that we can honor their friendship with our No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford.”