Night Racing Takes Conway Back to Roots Rookie Carrying Momentum after Top-15 at Daytona Statesville, N.C. (July 6, 2010) - Even though Chicagoland Speedway is new to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Conway, racing at the 1.5-mile oval will...
Night Racing Takes Conway Back to Roots Rookie Carrying Momentum after Top-15 at Daytona
Statesville, N.C. (July 6, 2010) - Even though Chicagoland Speedway is new to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Conway, racing at the 1.5-mile oval will feel a little familiar. The driver of the No. 34 ExtenZe Racing Ford, who is also the leading Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender, looks forward to racing under the lights in Saturday's LifeLock.com 400 because night racing reminds him of his early-career short-track days.
The ExtenZe Racing team celebrated a season highlight at Daytona International Speedway last week, where the No. 34 scored a 14th-place finish in the Coke Zero 400 - a Front Row Motorsports history best. This finish also gave Conway a career best in his early Sprint Cup Series career and gave him his 17th straight Rookie of the Race award. He now leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year chase by 149 points.
ExtenZe Racing Driver Kevin Conway Comments on Chicagoland Speedway, Night Racing and Scoring a Top-15:
"Chicagoland Speedway is another track on the Sprint Cup Series that I have never been to. I'm really looking forward to getting through practice on Friday and learning as much as we can before qualifying on Friday afternoon. I'll really be leaning on my teammates, Travis (Kvapil) and David (Gilliland) for a lot of advice to help figure things out. I'll also spend some time on the simulator to learn as much as I can.
"I love the night races. I'm really excited that Chicago has gone to a night race for the Sprint Cup Series. The night racing is cool because everything is just more vibrant and more exciting. You get a better sense of the speed of the cars.
"All of us who have grown up on short tracks raced on Friday and Saturday nights. So, to get back to the night races, it gets us back to our roots a little bit more. Personally, I love the night races. Every chance we get to run one, I love it.
"Last week's finish at Daytona was wild. It wasn't pretty but, in the end, it made for a great night. I'm really proud of this ExtenZe Racing team. We've been working hard all season to get better and better, and I've been learning more and more each week that's helping me and helping the team.
"It's pretty cool to know that we earned the best finish in Front Row history. And to do it at Daytona my first time on track there. All I can say is 'wow.' I'm pretty proud of that. Now hoping we can carry some of that momentum into Chicago and beyond."
-source: front row motorsports