According to the NASCAR Insiders , Kevin Conway may be on thin ice with Front Row Motorsports. Conway has performed poorly, despite being guaranteed a starting spot in all but one race this season, through shuffling by team owner, Bob Jenkins.
Conway has made all 21 starts — he didn’t start the Daytona 500 because he was not cleared by NASCAR. Travis Kvapil drove the car. Conway has an average finish of 31.6, with no top 5s or top 10s. His best finish this season is 14th in the Coke Zero 400, in which a lot of wrecks took good cars out of the race. Other than that, his best finish is 28th.
If Conway were to lose the seat, ExtenZe would stay on board, sponsoring another driver.
Update: Robert Wilhovsky, Director of Motorsports Marketing with ExtenZe Racing, disputed this report. He said:
Contrary to some Internet reports out there that recently surfaced after the NASCAR race weekend concluded at Watkins Glen, ExtenZe and Alteril are 100% committed to Kevin Conway and the sport of NASCAR. While we are currently evaluating our options for 2011, Kevin Conway has been and will continue to be the foundation of our NASCAR program in the years ahead.
Update 2: Despite recent comments from ExtenZe Racing, Tony Raines has replaced Kevin Conway on the entry list for this weekend’s Carfax 400 at Michigan.
Update 3: It appears that Kevin Conway and ExtenZe Racing, Conway’s sponsor, have suspended their program with Front Row Motorsports and Yates Racing. They could return to the car later in the season.
Raines is set to drive in this weekend’s Carfax 400 and the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The team will reevaluate after that.