Kevin Conway (racing driver)

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Kevin Conway
Conway (left) with fellow ROTY candidates in 2010
Born (1979-04-15) April 15, 1979 (age 38)
Cornelius, North Carolina, U.S.
Awards 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
31 races run over 2 years
Best finish 35th (2010)
First race 2010 Auto Club 500 (Fontana)
Last race 2011 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
34 races run over 6 years
Best finish 36th (2011)
First race 2003 Aaron's 312 (Atlanta)
Last race 2011 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish 86th (2009)
First race 2009 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 29, 2012.

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.

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 career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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]


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 Chevrloet 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]


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.


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 teams[edit]

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.


Front Row Motorsports[edit]

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 Motorsports[edit]

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.


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]


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 life[edit]

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 results[edit]


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

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2011 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota DNQ

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

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


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  2. ^ a b c NASCAR (April 21, 2004). "WS: Irvan offers opportunity for Conway". Daytona Beach, Florida: 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". Huntersville, North Carolina: 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". 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". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Gluck, Jeff (July 18, 2010). "12 Out Of 12: An Interview With Kevin Conway". SB Nation. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Joe Gibbs Racing (August 29, 2007). "BUSCH: Fontana II: Kevin Conway preview". Huntersville, North Carolina: Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  8. ^ NASCAR (February 11, 2004). "2004 Rookie candidates preview". Daytona Beach, Florida: Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Gary Keller Motorsports (December 8, 2004). "BUSCH: Gary Keller Motorsports forms new team". Dayton, Ohio: Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Carver Racing (May 8, 2006). "BUSCH: Richmond: Kevin Conway weekend notes". Mooresville, North Carolina: Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "BUSCH: New team Carver Racing signs Conway". Carver Racing. Mooresville, North Carolina: May 4, 2006. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d Tyler, Marty (February 2, 2007). "Conway Joins Joe Gibbs Racing “I Can’t Wait”". Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Tyler, Marty (September 29, 2009). "Kevin Conway And Extenze Ink A Multi-Year Deal". Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  14. ^ Stats "Driver's statistics" Check |url= value (help). Racing Reference. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Tyler, Marty (March 25, 2011). "2011 Auto Club Speedway Quotes “Caught in the CatchFence” from Kevin Conway, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Mike Harmon". Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Ryan, Nate (October 8, 2010). "Front Row team does juggling act in qualifying for triple play". USA Today Sports. USA Today. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Pockrass, Bob (August 14, 2010). "Kevin Conway out at Front Row Motorsports as sponsor Extenze cuts ties with team". Brooklyn, Michigan. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Menzer, Joe (March 8, 2011). "CONWAY, RGM IN WAR OF WORDS AFTER ALTERCATION". Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  19. ^ Vincent, Amanda (January 21, 2014). "2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie battle one to watch". Auto Racing Daily. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  20. ^ Moody, Dave (January 11, 2011). "COMMENTARY: Bud Shootout Needs A Makeover". Retrieved 28 August 2015. [permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013 Technical Specifications". Archived from the original on 2013-12-05. Retrieved Dec 3, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Series Champion, Conway Takes the Final Checkered Flag of the Season". Archived from the original on 2013-10-28. Retrieved Dec 3, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Joey Logano
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Andy Lally