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Kevin Conway (born April 15, 1979) is an American professional stock car racing driver who currently races in the Blancpain Super Trofeo Championship. He is the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year (ROTY), 2014 Super Trofeo World Champion, and two-time North American Super Trofeo Series Champion.[1] Conway has raced in motocross, legends, the World Karting Association, United States Automobile Club (USAC), American Speed Association (ASA), NASCAR's regional K&N Pro Series West, and all three of NASCAR's national touring series.

Kevin Conway
2010NASCARRookiesNMPA.jpg
Conway (left) with fellow ROTY candidates in 2010
Born (1979-04-15) April 15, 1979 (age 40)
Cornelius, North Carolina, U.S.
Awards2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
31 races run over 2 years
Best finish35th (2010)
First race2010 Auto Club 500 (Fontana)
Last race2011 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
34 races run over 6 years
Best finish36th (2011)
First race2003 Aaron's 312 (Atlanta)
Last race2011 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish86th (2009)
First race2009 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 29, 2012.

A protege of Cup Series winner Ernie Irvan and longtime test driver for Cup teams,[2][3] Conway is best known for his association with the male enhancement product ExtenZe from 2009 to 2011. The sponsorship led ultimately to Conway's first full-time NASCAR season and ROTY effort in 2010, but also led to lawsuits from former teams due to unpaid sponsorship funds.[4][5]

Racing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Conway began his career racing at age six, running AMA motocross, go-karts, and winged midget cars. Moving to Charlotte, North Carolina as a teenager, Conway became the youngest legends car national champion in 1994, at the age of 15.[3][2] Conway would later race late model stock cars in NASCAR's regional Dodge Weekly Racing Series (now the Whelen All-American Series).[2]

2002–2005Edit

Conway moved to major-league stock car racing in 2002, when he made his debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series (now ARCA Racing Series).[3] His first race came in the No. 17 Eagle One/Valvoline Chevrolet for A. J. Henriksen, Ernie Irvan, and George deBidart at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he started fifth and finished thirteenth after a rear axle problem late in the race.[3] In his next race that fall at Lowe's he finished seventh. Conway also served as a test driver for NASCAR Winston Cup Series team MB2 Motorsports.[3]

In 2003, Conway made his NASCAR Busch Series debut at Atlanta in the No. 22 for Bost Racing, qualifying 27th and finishing 33rd.[3] In 2004 he made his career debut in the Winston West Series (now the K&N Pro Series West) at Fontana in the No. 28 Ford owned by Ernie Irvan, racing against Cup Series regular Ken Schrader and future Cup drivers Clint Bowyer and David Gilliland. Conway qualified and finished fifth after leading much of the race.[6][7] Conway attempted three Busch Series races in 2004, failing to qualify for all three.[8] In 2005, Conway signed to run the No. 03 Chevrolet for Gary Keller and Mark Smith,[9] but failed to qualify for the first two races of the season. He made his only start of the season at Darlington Raceway in the No. 43 Channellock/Supra Boats Dodge for the Curb Agajanian Performance Group, where he finished 29th.[10]

2006Edit

In 2006, he declared for Busch Series Rookie of the Year honors, driving the No. 58 Carver Racing Dodge, which was in the process of purchasing equipment from Glynn Motorsports.[11][3] After the team switched to the No. 40 for Richmond,[11] the team suspended operations, leaving Conway out of a ride after four starts.[12] He competed in the West Series once again at Irwindale Speedway for James Pritchard, where he finished eighth.

2007Edit

In 2007, Conway joined Joe Gibbs Racing's Busch program, signing on for eight races in the team's No. 18 Chevrolet. Conway brought sponsorship from Z-Line Designs, who partnered with him on the recommendation of former driver Lake Speed, and shared the ride with drivers Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Brad Coleman and Aric Almirola.[3][12] Conway struggled in the ride, having an average finish of 29.4, 9 positions worse than his teammates in the same ride. He was released at the end of the 2007 season, though Z-Line would continue to sponsor JGR.

2009: Various Cup/Nationwide teamsEdit

After spending the 2008 season out of NASCAR, Conway returned in 2009 with sponsorship from his male enhancement product ExtenZe.[13] He began racing midway through the season in the No. 87 for Braun Racing (using the No. 87 owners points from NEMCO Motorsports), and had a career-best fifteenth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway.[14][15] He also ran a race for R3 Motorsports[13] and later K Automotive Racing to finish out the Nationwide season. He made his first Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix, finishing nineteenth in Rob Fuller's truck, as well as unsuccessfully attempt to qualify for a Sprint Cup race in the No. 70 TRG Motorsports Chevy.

2010Edit

Front Row MotorsportsEdit

Initially planning to run full-time in the Nationwide Series, in 2010 Conway signed to drive the No. 37 ExtenZe Ford in the Sprint Cup Series for Front Row Motorsports as a teammate to Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland. Conway's lack of superspeedway experience caused him to delay his Rookie of the Year campaign, as NASCAR would not give him approval to compete in the Daytona 500. Kvapil raced the 37 at Daytona, while John Andretti ran Kvapil's 34 car. Conway earned a career best finish of 14th at Daytona International Speedway in July, one of only 3 finishes better than 30th in 2010. As the only fully sponsored driver in the Front Row stable, he rotated among the team's No. 34, No. 37, and No. 38 cars in order to remain in a Top 35-ranked car that would guarantee a starting spot.[16] Prior to the August race at Michigan, Conway and the ExtenZe sponsor logos were removed from the car, with Tony Raines replacing him. Conway and ExtenZe would go on to be sued by Front Row Motorsports for lack of payment, which they cited as the reason Conway was removed from the car.[4][17]

Robby Gordon MotorsportsEdit

Conway returned to competition with Robby Gordon Motorsports at Bristol,[4] and ran 7 races in the No. 7 car,[18] as well as attempting one in the teams No. 07 car, missing the race at Charlotte. Owner Robby Gordon would also get into a sponsorship dispute with Conway and Extenze, which turned violent the next season.[18]

Conway won the NASCAR Rookie of the Year award for 2010 by default, as his only competitor, Terry Cook, ran only 3 of the first 10 races during the year. It was the least competitive rookie of the year battle in modern NASCAR history up to that point.[1][5][19] Conway ran 28 races in 2010.

2011Edit

 
Conway at Road America 2011

For 2011, it was announced that Conway would enter the Budweiser Shootout (eligible due to winning Rookie of the Year in 2010),[20] Daytona 500, and possibly a few more races for Joe Nemechek and NEMCO Motorsports in the No. 97 Toyota with sponsorship from ExtenZe. Conway attempted 4 races, qualifying for 3 of them, in which he finished last in each.

Conway also ran 9 races in the Nationwide Series for NEMCO,[15] with an average finish of 28.1. He was released from NEMCO at the end of the season and has not competed in NASCAR since.[1]

2013Edit

In 2013 Conway competed in the North American Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series. Over the course of the season he drove a race prepared, lightweight, four-wheel-drive, 570 horsepower version of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4[21] to win the series championship in the Pro-Am division. The final Super Trofeo Series race weekend was held in conjunction with the IndyCar season finale race weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Conway earned a marketing degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.[3][12] Conway started the marketing company Exclaim Racing, which organized his sponsorship deals.[12][4] He also served as an instructor at the Richard Petty Driving Experience.[3] Conway's father Sam was a former team manager for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports, and a board member for Motor Racing Outreach. Sam died from lung cancer in 2007 at age 58.[7]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
2009 TRG Motorsports 70 Chevy DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH NHA DOV KAN CAL CLT MAR TAL TEX PHO
DNQ
HOM NA -
2010 Front Row Motorsports 37 Ford DAY CAL
31
LVS
36
ATL
31
BRI
28
DAR
33
DOV
30
35th 1830
38 MAR
31
PHO
33
TEX
27
TAL
30
RCH
37
34 CLT
35
POC
35
MCH
40
SON
28
NHA
23
DAY
14
CHI
33
IND
34
POC
31
GLN
31
MCH
Robby Gordon Motorsports 7 Toyota BRI
36
ATL
37
RCH
41
NHA DOV
37
KAN
38
CAL
31
MAR
QL
TAL TEX PHO HOM
30
07 CLT
DNQ
2011 NEMCO Motorsports 97 Toyota DAY
DNQ
PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX TAL
43
RCH DAR DOV CLT KAN POC MCH SON DAY
43
KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL
43
MAR TEX PHO HOM 79th 0
- Qualified but replaced by Robby Gordon
Daytona 500Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2011 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota DNQ

Nationwide SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
2003 Bost Motorsports 22 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH CAL RCH GTY NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL
33
PHO CAR HOM 139th 64
2004 Rick Ware Racing 51 Dodge DAY
DNQ
CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL GTY RCH NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY NA -
Mac Hill Motorsports 56 Chevy CHI
DNQ
NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
Smith Brothers Motorsports 67 Chevy ATL
DNQ
PHO DAR HOM
2005 Gary Keller Motorsports 03 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAL
DNQ
MXC LVS ATL NSH BRI TEX PHO TAL 122nd 76
Curb Racing 43 Chevy DAR
29
RCH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
2006 Carver Racing 58 Dodge DAY CAL MXC LVS
28
ATL
34
BRI
43
TEX NSH PHO TAL 86th 253
40 RCH
DNQ
DAR
28
CLT
DNQ
DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
2007 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Chevy DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI
26
NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV
30
NSH
31
KEN MLW NHA
21
DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL
20
RCH
43
DOV KAN
35
CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 71st 523
2009 NEMCO Motorsports 87 Toyota DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV
24
NSH
23
KEN
15
MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY
28
IRP
20
IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV 45th 1149
R3 Motorsports 26 Chevy KAN
24
CLT
24
MEM
27
TEX
20
PHO
24
HOM
22
23 CAL
18
2011 NEMCO Motorsports 87 Chevy DAY PHO LVS
43
BRI 36th 120
Toyota CAL
22
TEX TAL NSH
24
RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA
24
DAY
25
KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV
QL
BRI
29
ATL RCH CHI
24
DOV KAN CLT
36
TEX PHO HOM
26
- Qualified for Joe Nemechek·

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2009 Rob Fuller Motorsports 71 Chevy DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI CHI IOW GTW NHA LVS
31
MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 86th 106

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ARSC Pts
2002 Arne Henriksen 17 Chevy DAY ATL
13
NSH SLM KEN CLT KAN POC MCH TOL SBO KEN BLN POC NSH ISF WIN DSF CHI SLM TAL CLT
7
80th 365

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c NASCAR (April 21, 2004). "WS: Irvan offers opportunity for Conway". Daytona Beach, Florida: motorsport.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Joe Gibbs Racing (March 20, 2007). "BUSCH: Conway debuts for JGR at Bristol". motorsport.com. Huntersville, North Carolina: motorsport.com. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Pockrass, Bob (September 14, 2010). "Front Row sues former driver Kevin Conway, Extenze over portion of $5.4 million sponsorship deal". scenedaily.com. Archived from the original on 2010-09-18. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b Leone, Christopher (January 17, 2010). "Explaining NASCAR's Weakest Rookie "Race" in Recent Memory". bleacherreport.com. Bleacher Report. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
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  7. ^ a b Joe Gibbs Racing (August 29, 2007). "BUSCH: Fontana II: Kevin Conway preview". Huntersville, North Carolina: motorsport.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  8. ^ NASCAR (February 11, 2004). "2004 Rookie candidates preview". Daytona Beach, Florida: motorsport.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  9. ^ Gary Keller Motorsports (December 8, 2004). "BUSCH: Gary Keller Motorsports forms new team". Dayton, Ohio: motorsport.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  10. ^ Carver Racing (May 8, 2006). "BUSCH: Richmond: Kevin Conway weekend notes". Mooresville, North Carolina: motorsport.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  11. ^ a b "BUSCH: New team Carver Racing signs Conway". Carver Racing. Mooresville, North Carolina: motorsport.com. May 4, 2006. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
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  18. ^ a b Menzer, Joe (March 8, 2011). "CONWAY, RGM IN WAR OF WORDS AFTER ALTERCATION". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
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  21. ^ "Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013 Technical Specifications". squadracorse.lamborghini.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-05. Retrieved Dec 3, 2013.
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Achievements
Preceded by
Joey Logano
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
2010
Succeeded by
Andy Lally