Conway Brings Some Experience to the Monster; Team Gaining Ground through First Third of Season Statesville, N.C. (May 11, 2010) - Kevin Conway may carry the title of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie heading to the "Monster Mile," but the...
Conway Brings Some Experience to the Monster; Team Gaining Ground through First Third of Season
Statesville, N.C. (May 11, 2010) - Kevin Conway may carry the title of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie heading to the "Monster Mile," but the driver of the No. 37 Ford ExtenZe Racing team goes to Dover (Del.) International Speedway this weekend with some experience to lean on.
Conway has two Nationwide races at Dover in his back pocket - a 30th-place finish in 2007 and a 24th-place finish in 2009 - to help prepare for this weekend's Autism Speaks 400 at the one-mile concrete oval. He heads into the weekend coming off his 10th consecutive Rookie of the Race award after finishing 33rd at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on Saturday and now leads the rookie race by 73 points at the one-third mark of the season.
The ExtenZe Racing Ford will carry the Autism Speaks decal in support of this weekend's autism awareness efforts.
ExtenZe Racing Driver Kevin Conway Comments on Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is a racetrack I've had mixed results at in the Nationwide cars. Seems like we usually get caught up in someone else's mess there - a lot of times not of our own doing. It's a racetrack that's a lot of fun to race on. It's a cool racetrack, from the configuration and the speed that your carry, but it's not one that we've had very much luck with at all.
"I think when you go to Dover, it's almost like a high-speed Bristol. It races a lot like a short track, but the speeds are much higher. So, the first order of the day is to survive at Dover and make sure you're there at the end.
"The last couple weeks have been really good for the team in that we've run as competitively as we have all season. Even though the finishes weren't where we wanted them to be, we know we're having stronger runs. Our lap times are better, we're working with and learning from our teammates, and we're just gaining a lot of valuable laps and valuable information that's really going to pay off when we come back to these tracks a second time.
"So, looking at how far we've come a third of the way through the season, we can definitely say we're making progress and getting better. And, we continue to earn those points for Raybestos Rookie of the Year."