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#79 – Matt Tifft on the Racing Writer’s Podcast

Matt Tifft on the Racing Writer’s Podcast

Front Row Motorsports rookie Matt Tifft has found that expectations for competing in the Cup Series are a little bit different from reality. Tifft talks about what his ‘welcome to Cup’ moment was early in the season; the difference in intensity from Xfinity to the Cup Series; if not having a win in the Xfinity Series before moving to Cup bothers him; if Tifft can feel the difference in race lengths from Xfinity to Cup; digging into how a young driver learns and works to improve; the importance of having more data available in the Cup Series; learning the digital dash; what information he likes to use the most; how he feels about the simulator; the benefit of having a veteran crew chief in Mike Kelley and teammates David Ragan and Michael McDowell; how comfortable Tifft is speaking up in competition meetings; what teams FRM looks at that they need to beat every weekend to be successful; how different it has been for Tifft to change his personal expectations; breaking down a competitive, but not flashy, battle for Rookie of the Year. Music: www.bensound.com.

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