Saturday, August 14, 2010
Statesville, N.C. (August 13, 2010) – Kevin Conway, the leading 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year driver, and ExtenZe Racing announced they are suspending their program with Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing (FRM) effective immediately.
In 21 starts this year for FRM, Conway captured 21 straight Rookie of the Race awards while padding a 153-point lead in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. He also gave FRM its best finish in the team’s history since its inception back in 2005 when he finished 14th at Daytona International Speedway on July 3. Kevin has consistently finished right in line with his veteran teammates David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil in each race he has competed in this year.
He also became the first Raybestos Rookie to lead a lap at the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25 since Jamie McMurray did so twice for 22 laps back in 2003.
“First, I want to thank Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing and Ford for giving me an opportunity to drive for them this year,” said Conway. “It has been a really big learning year for me and I certainly couldn’t have made it this far without Front Row, support from Ford, and the veteran leadership of my crew chief Peter Sospenzo and my teammates David (Gilliland) and Travis (Kvapil).
“It was exciting for me to be able to give Front Row their best finish in the team’s history and it’s unfortunate that we can’t work it out to remain in the car for the immediate future. From here, I am looking forward to what lies ahead for myself and ExtenZe Racing for the remainder of 2010 and beyond,” added Conway.
“As was released earlier this week, ExtenZe and Alteril are 100 percent committed to Kevin Conway and the sport of NASCAR,” said Robert Wilhovsky, director of motorsports marketing. “While we are currently evaluating our options for the rest of 2010 and next year, Conway has been and will continue to be the foundation of our NASCAR program in the years ahead.
“We knew this was going to be a big learning year for him and it has been incredible what he has been able to accomplish with very limited resources finishing right there with his much more experienced and veteran teammates each and every week while competing on many of the tracks for the first time in any type of race car.
“It has been exciting to watch Kevin develop this year as a driver and we are very excited to be a part of his quest to become the 2010 Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kevin has a big future with us and in NASCAR and we look forward to what lies ahead,” added Wilhovsky.