Martinsville: Kevin Conway preview

Conway to Make Martinsville Debut Rookie Used Online Simulation to Prepare Statesville, N.C. (March, 23, 2010) - Preparing to make his first career start at the .526-mile, paper-clip-shaped oval, Kevin Conway and the No. 38 ExtenZe Ford team are...

Conway to Make Martinsville Debut
Rookie Used Online Simulation to Prepare

Statesville, N.C. (March, 23, 2010) - Preparing to make his first career start at the .526-mile, paper-clip-shaped oval, Kevin Conway and the No. 38 ExtenZe Ford team are looking forward to Sunday's Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500.

The ExtenZe Racing team heads into Martinsville where they look to keep the momentum going after coming off a season-best 28th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. Conway earned his fourth consecutive Raybestos Rookie of the Race award and continues to lead the Cup Series rookie point standings.

ExtenZe Racing Driver Kevin Conway Comments on the Spoiler and Martinsville Speedway:

"It's going to be another big change for the series this weekend. The spoiler is something the fans are probably looking forward to. I also think, as a driver, it's going to help produce better racing -- especially when we get to some tracks that are more aero dependent. At Martinsville you can probably have a good race without anything on the back of the car. So, I don't know if you'll see the biggest effect of the spoiler at Martinsville, but I think everyone is looking forward to it.

"I'm just ready for Martinsville. It's a great track and it's a lot of fun, too. I haven't raced there yet, so maybe my feelings will change after the race, but we're really looking forward to getting there and getting a race under our belts. We had some motor problems at Bristol, but still got to the end. We'll be back with good horsepower this weekend and hopefully an even better finish than we had at Bristol.

"Since I haven't run at Martinsville, I have spent a lot of time online on the simulator making laps. I think I've logged thousands of miles online. I'm not the type of person who really believes that helps a lot during the race. It helps as far as getting the visuals of the track and the layout, but nothing can simulate race conditions. I'm as ready as I can be without making any 'real' laps there.

"We have watched a lot of race clips and studied how the race unfolds. It's still a lot about having a good car at the end of the day. You have to take care of your equipment to have a chance at the end. The guys that have top finishes are the ones whose sponsors you can read at the end of the afternoon. If we can still read ExtenZe by Lap 490 we'll feel pretty good about things.

"You don't want to put yourself in a situation where it ruins your day early. You have to be patient. It's a lot like Bristol where you just need to get laps in and be competitive. We don't want any major issues that force us out of the race. We just want to keep ourselves out of trouble and get in a good position to make a run in the last 50 to 100 laps."

-source: front row motorsports

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