Kevin Conway May Be Only 2010 Sprint Cup Series Rookie

Mark RudiCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2010

LEBANON, TN - JUNE 05: Kevin Conway, driver of the #87 Extenze Toyota walks through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway on June 5, 2009 in Lebanon,Tennessee. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Kevin Conway may be the only rookie in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season.

Conway will drive for Bob Jenkins and Front Row Motorsports in the No. 37 Extenze sponsored machine, according to Racer Magazine . The team will be expanding to two cars with Travis Kvapil as a teammate to Conway in the No. 34 Long John Silver's machine.

"This is a great opportunity to compete at the highest levels of NASCAR," Conway said to Racer.

"The goal is to gain experience as quickly as possible with the cars and compete for solid finishes as the season goes along. Having Travis as a teammate and being backed by Ford and Roush/Yates Racing Engines gives me a lot of confidence that we can perform up to the highest standards."

Front Row Motorsports ran under the Dodge banner last season, but is expected to be switching to Fords for 2010 with a partnership from Roush/Yates engines.

Currently, it appears that Conway will be the only driver competing for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year award, as no other rookie driver has announced they will be in the running.

Even though this will be Penske driver Brad Keselowski's first full-time Sprint Cup Series season, he is not eligible for the award because he ran more than the seven race limit in 2009. Any driver looking to compete for ROY cannot compete in more than seven races the year prior to their full-time schedule.

Conway drove in the Nationwide Series last season, but only ran 12 races for K-Automotive Motorsports. His best finish was 15th at Kentucky last season.

Conway has never run a full-time schedule in any of NASCAR's top three touring series.


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