Conway Not Intimidated by Track Too Tough to Tame Rookie Ready for Darlington with Special Guest Statesville, N.C. (May 4, 2010) - There's a reason Darlington Raceway is called the track "Too Tough to Tame," but it's still one of Kevin Conway's...
Conway Not Intimidated by Track Too Tough to Tame
Rookie Ready for Darlington with Special Guest
Statesville, N.C. (May 4, 2010) - There's a reason Darlington Raceway is called the track "Too Tough to Tame," but it's still one of Kevin Conway's favorites. The driver of the No. 37 ExtenZe Racing Ford is looking forward to racing Saturday night's SHOWTIME Southern 500 at the 1.366-mile oval in Darlington, S.C.
In addition to the challenge of racing the narrow, egg-shaped oval, the weekend also brings a Mother's Day celebration for Kevin and his mother, Ann, who will be at the track to participate in pre-race ceremonies and watch her son make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup series start at Darlington.
Conway heads into the weekend coming off his ninth consecutive Rookie of the Race award and now leads fellow Cup Series rookie competitor Terry Cook in the rookie race by 62 points (99-37).
He also carries with him two Nationwide Series starts at Darlington that came in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, Conway finished 29th after starting 33rd and in 2006 he finished 28th after starting 43rd.
ExtenZe Racing Driver Kevin Conway Comments on the Upcoming Weekend at Darlington Raceway:
"Darlington Raceway is actually one of my favorite racetracks - in the Nationwide car, at least. I might have a different opinion after we run the Cup car there. But as of right now, I'm really looking forward to Darlington. It's a racetrack that really puts it back into the driver's court a little bit. It's one of the toughest racetracks that we go to all year long.
"You really can't ever back down. You've got to be on your game every second of every lap for the entire race. And this year with the double-file restarts and the new green-white-checkered rule and everything, it could get pretty crazy, especially at the end.
"We didn't have the race we wanted at Richmond - that was just a tough night - but we still finished the race, brought it home in one piece and got our ninth consecutive Raybestos Rookie of the Race award. We're still hoping to rebound and have a better run at Darlington.
"This race will be special because it's Mother's Day weekend and my mom will be there. She's always been supportive of me in my racing career, but to actually have her there at the race for Mother's Day will be cool. Darlington Raceway does a special ceremony to honor the moms that are there, and it's pretty neat that they do that because I think the moms deserve as much credit as anyone. We're both really looking forward to it."