“We decided to make a driver change,” said Front Row general manager Jerry Freeze. “ExtenZe (Conway’s sponsor) has asked to take a hiatus. They’re taking a break and could be back later this fall.
“Tony is also on the entry blank for Bristol and then we‘ll reevaluate.”
This move was made just three days after a statement released early in the week from ExtenZe:
"Contrary to some Internet reports out there that recently surfaced after the NASCAR race weekend concluded at Watkins Glen, ExtenZe and Alteril are 100% committed to Kevin Conway and the sport of NASCAR," said Robert Wilhovsky, Director of Motorsports Marketing. "While we are currently evaluating our options for 2011, Kevin Conway has been and will continue to be the foundation of our NASCAR program in the years ahead.
Ah... but Wilhovsky is not affiliated with Front Row Motorsports. It looks like Front Row made the very rare decision to make a driver change and sacrifice sponsor dollars.
This also leaves the Sprint Cup Series without any Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates, although given that Conway was a virtual lock this year, it wasn't very legitimate in 2010 to begin with.
And yes, I realize that there's a lot of potential in the comments. Ladies and Gentleman, start your senses of humor.
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