Kevin Conway Is the Answer To Robby Gordon and NASCAR's ROTY Prayers

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IAugust 31, 2010

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 07:  Kevin Conway, driver of the #34 Extenze Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at Watkins Glen International on August 7, 2010 in Watkins Glen, New York.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Kevin Conway, who recently left his Front Row Motorsports ride to pursue greener pastures with sponsor ExtenZe, has become the answer to Robby Gordon's prayers, as well as NASCAR's Rookie of the Year prayers.

Conway has answered Robby Gordon's prayers by bringing much-needed sponsorship to Robby Gordon Motorsports.  RGM just announced today that Conway will be their driver for the balance of the 2010 season.

On the other hand, Conway's new ride is an answer to a prayer for NASCAR, who desperately needs some continuity for its Raybestos Rookie of the Year program.

Conway currently leads the ROTY Standings, with a margin of 154 points over Terry Cook in the Cup Series competition.

"We are excited to have ExtenZe Racing and Kevin Conway join Robby Gordon Motorsports," Robby Gordon said.   "This is an excellent opportunity for everyone involved, and I am excited to have Kevin behind the wheel of the No. 7."

"I hope we will be able to help Kevin bring home the Rookie of the Year Award while expanding our team and his on-track experience."

Robby Gordon's new driver could not agree with his team owner more.

"I am thrilled to finally be able to announce our signing with Robby Gordon Motorsports," Conway said. "The Bristol race a couple weekends ago came together very late and gave everyone just a quick peek at what was possibly to come.

"Now that everything is in place I can't wait to take to the track this weekend in Atlanta in the No. 7 ExtenZe Racing Toyota."

Conway is most certainly looking forward to a change of pace from his runs with Front Row Motorsports.  Although he has had some success with that team, such as a 14th place finish at Daytona over the fourth of July and leading a lap at the Brickyard 400, more often than not, he has been logging laps in the back of the field or even running a few laps down to the leaders.

Prior to stepping up to the Cup Series with Front Row, Conway raced successfully in the ARCA Series. He also ran a limited schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2007, sharing seat time with Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola and Brad Coleman and garnering two top-5 and four top-10 finishes.

Conway's hopes for success have now been rekindled with the move to Robby Gordon Motorsports. The driver's answer to his own prayers has always been his steadfast sponsor ExtenZe, who also has had faith in their driver, moving with him to his new gig at RGM.

"Moving our racing program with Kevin over to Robby Gordon Motorsports was a no brainer really," Robert Wilhovsky, Director of Motorsports Marketing for ExtenZe said.  "Robby has a great organization with very good equipment and a car locked into the top-35 owner's points that will allow us to get Kevin more seat time and help him continue to grow as a driver.

"We look forward to the remainder of the year with RGM," Wilhovsky continued.  "We are glad we get to have him and his organization join Kevin's quest to be crowned the 2010 Raybestos Rookie of the Year driver.

"I am very thankful for this opportunity Robby has given me and ExtenZe," Conway said.  "I'm looking forward to helping keep the No. 7 in the top-35, gaining more seat time and finishing races while reaching my ultimate goal of claiming the 2010 Raybestos Rookie of the Year title with RGM."

Conway will take the wheel of the No. 7 ExtenZe Racing Toyota in the upcoming Labor Day weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  This will be Conway's second start for RGM, including his inaugural run at Bristol, and he is most certainly looking to better his run earlier in the season at Atlanta, where he came in 31st.