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Friday, August 13, 2010

Kevin Conway, Extenze part ways with Front Row team

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Things are changing at Front Row Motorsports, where driver Kevin Conway and the sponsor, Extenze, will no longer be on or in the car. Friday morning, before practice, the decals were pulled off the car, and it was announced that Conway would not be driving the car.

Extenze put out a release saying they are “100% committed to Kevin Conway and the sport of NASCAR, so obviously something went wrong at Front Row to drive them away.

There are no doubt more details to come on this story, as Conway, a rookie, has done a decent job getting experience in the Cup series this year and staying out of the way when the top drivers are approaching. He hasn’t exactly racked up top finishes, but Front Row isn’t exactly a top-level organization. It appears something happened between the sponsor and the team, and Conway is out of a ride as a result, since he is connected to the sponsor. Now, the only hope he has to finish out the year is for another team to pick up both sponsor and driver.

This year, that might be tricky, but next year speculation already has begun that a team lacking sponsors, such as Richard Petty Motorsports will attempt to pick up the Conway-Extenze package. I hope this happens, as Conway deserves a chance to develop as a driver.

Baby #2 for Gordon
Jeff Gordon and his wife Ingrid welcomed their second child into the world this week, a boy named Leo Benjamin.

On Friday, he was still beaming.
“Oh it’s so amazing. It was a great, great, great week. I can’t say enough. I’m thankful that everything went as planned and everybody is healthy and doing well. Just every day you just smile bigger and bigger because it’s an amazing experience.”

Kahne claims pole
Capping off a week in which he announced his new ride at Red Bull Racing in 2011, Kasey Kahne set a speed of 187.183 to take the pole for Sunday’s race at MIS.

“I carried a lot of speed down the backstretch. It wasn’t turning enough, so I just floored it and used a lot of the racetrack, but we were able to hang on.”

Starting second was Jimmie Johnson, who said after qualifying that he was almost there.
“To lose it by 2 hundredths of a second, I just left a little bit on the track.”

Starting third is Clint Bowyer, who is just 10 points out of the Chase and needs to have a good finish.

“These are important times for us, racing for the Chase. This goes a long way toward a good run on Sunday,” Bowyer said. “Our cars are running well, we just keep having crazy things happening. I think we can be a part of this Chase.”

He also got in a good zinger on Kyle Busch, who earlier in the day had said he only has one really fast car among the stable of #18 rides at Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Sounds like he needs to buy a Chevy,” Bowyer quipped.

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