Las Vegas: Kevin Conway preview

Conway Hopes for Less Eventful Vegas Race; Rookie Driver Proved Toughness in Cup Debut Statesville, N.C. (February 23, 2010) - Kevin Conway will be making his first start at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend during the running...

Conway Hopes for Less Eventful Vegas Race; Rookie Driver Proved Toughness in Cup Debut

Statesville, N.C. (February 23, 2010) - Kevin Conway will be making his first start at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend during the running of the Shelby American Cup race. Conway, competing for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year title, heads into the race with his head held high after overcoming adversity in his first career Sprint Cup Series race last weekend in California.

The No. 37 ExtenZe Racing team finished 31st in their first outing together after Conway was forced to battle an ill handling racecar for a majority of the race that was caused by a broken front splitter. Conway was also caught a lap down with an untimely caution while pitting for routine service. He went on to complete the event with no major incidents and the end result was made impressive by overcoming all the obstacles they faced in his Cup debut.

The team's never-give-up attitude allowed Conway to capture the Raybestos Rookie of the Race award where he now heads into Vegas as the leading Rookie of the Year title contender.

Kevin Conway Comments on Sprint Cup Debut and Heading into Vegas:

"I hope it's a little less adventurous this time around. As a rookie in the Sprint Cup Series you're going to learn a lot about the tracks and cars every weekend but in California I quickly had to learn how a car handles without a part of the splitter, which was a little more than I bargained for my first time out. I hope Vegas is going to be a little bit less adventurous for us.

"But, at the same time, it's good that we went through all of that adversity so early, too. We're going to have more things like this happen, but if you can work through them and get a finish and collect points, that's a positive for us. If we just raced all day with no problems and finished 31st, then we'd be more worried.

"I think Las Vegas will be good for us. I'm looking forward to it.  I
love the town and being able to visit and race there.  I think it's a
cool trip for most guys.  You get to have a lot of fun there.

"As far as the race track, I've never raced on the new configuration before. We're going to have a little bit of a learning curve there as well. But this is the type of track that fits my driving style. It's a fast, high-banked, mile-and-a-half track where attrition has played a big role in the past few races. So, for us, it's going to be about completing the race and getting as many points as possible to maintain our spot in the top-35 just like we did in California.

"The next four races are big for a lot of people. The top-35 is important for so many. Luckily we're locked in with this ExtenZe Racing team right now. That's important to us and we want to stay locked in. Getting in all the laps at Vegas will be a big step towards making that happen."

-source: front row motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Conway