The Continuing Saga of Kevin Conway, and Why Talent Means Less in NASCAR Today.

James EyeContributor ISeptember 17, 2010

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Kevin Conway, driver of the #7 Extenze Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 10, 2010 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Kevin Conway is in no way a bad driver.



He is a terrible driver, non deserving of being in Sprint Cup Series.

With news coming this week that his former team Front Row Motor sports was suing Conway and Biotab Nutraceuticals (Extenze), over alleged non-payment of part of a 5.4 million sponsorship. This is because Conway who is now is driving for the Robby Gordon Motor sports team is tied with sponsor Extenze, when Conway was fired from FRM because of lack of performance (keep the Extenze jokes to yourself) the sponsor went out the door with the driver. Now we have seen sponsors tied with drivers before, but before Conway came along we never have seen a driver with such a lack of talent with such a commented sponsor. Some will say “well Paul Menard does this; he is only driving because he has a family sponsor.” Ok but has Paul Menard shown improvement every year since he has been in cup? Yes. Will Paul Menard win races? Yes one day he will!


Conway will no doubt win Rookie of the year; this is because he is the only driver racing for the title. This should lessen the title just a little bit, a driver who has an Avg. Finish of 32.4 with no top 5 and no top 10s. But Conway can always state he was the 2010 sprint cup rookie of the year, something Extenze can state as well. Talent did not win the title but now him and Extenze may able to pick and choose his ride did, because he was rookie of the year.


Now News has come out this week that has stated Justin Allgaier will most likely be out of a job at Penske racing over sponsorship woes after this season. What does this say when a driver who has already shown more talent in two years on the Nationwide Circuit, May not even have a ride next year. While another driver is able to pull off Avg Finishes of 32.4 and will most likely stay in the cup series for 2 maybe 3 years if he is lucky. If this continues to happen NASCAR in the end will suffer with fields full of awful drivers, who are only there because a sponsor likes them.


It’s not longer who the best driver is.