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5 Points to Ponder: No Chase Drama? No Problem, 4 Too Many for Hendrick & Kevin Conway’s S&P

thanks to the exploits of the driver and sponsor FRM bid farewell to at Michigan last month, their No. 38 team may well lock themselves back into the field. Why? Because Kevin Conway, despite bringing his Extenze sponsorship with him to Robby Gordon Motorsports, has been start-and-parking the No. 7 car. I was present in the pits during the Atlanta race two weekends ago when this trend first surfaced, and both the team’s pit stall and radio communications bore this out.

Bubble Breakdown: Kevin Conway, Robby Gordon’s Team Still Headed the Wrong Way

Dave Blaney gunned FRM’s No. 38 a full 39 points closer to the bubble, where Robby Gordon’s new wheelman Kevin Conway suffered a second straight DNF. But for Bob Jenkins’s only team outside the Top 35, in order to exact FRM’s revenge on the Conway-ExtenZe duo, the team would still have to drive through Latitude 43 Motorsports, now a tantalizing seven points right in front of them.

Bubble Breakdown: Front Row Version 2.0 Making a Move at Atlanta

Less than a week after Kevin Conway and sponsor ExtenZe left Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 team, drivers Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland and Tony Raines quietly salvaged finishes inside the top 30 at Bristol to move all three of their teams more than 20 points away from the bubble. Sliding closer to trouble was none …

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Grading the 2010 NASCAR Pack, Part II: Drivers A-Kenseth

With the NASCAR season two-thirds of the way gone and the final off week now out of our way, we’re taking a brief moment of respite, grading all the drivers and teams once again on their performance so far in 2010.

Bubble Breakdown: Front Row Motorsports Regroups at Brutal Bristol

Last week at Michigan, Elliott Sadler ended a nine month top-10 drought and amassed a season high 375-point cushion on the bubble. Regan Smith and Scott Speed also turned heads on race day by parlaying pit strategy into a pair of top-25 finishes while Sam Hornish Jr. continued a steady seven-race gain. But behind these …

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Voices From the Heartland: As a Sponsor, Respect for ExtenZe Grows Bigger

I don’t “hate” a lot, mostly because it is a waste of time, but there are a few things that really get my loathing up. Among those are; stupid people, stupid products, and stupid commercials, in no particular order. Unfortunately, stupid products usually go hand in hand with even stupider commercials… leading me to wonder if the people starring in them or endorsing the product, are stupid as well. I mean, who in their right mind would want their claim to fame to be endorsing a stupid product or acting in a stupid commercial? Such has been my opinion of ExtenZe ever since I saw their very first commercial.

5 Points to Ponder: The Cup Series We Know So Well… Stupidity & Mistakes Repeating Themselves

On the stats sheet, it’s hardly been a stellar Cup Series rookie campaign for Kevin Conway. Through 21 starts thus far in 2010, only four have resulted in top-30 finishes, and he’s ended races on the lead lap just three times: the two road courses and a 14th-place run at Daytona. Front Row Motorsports has had to make owner points swaps on a number of occasions to ensure that Conway, the slowest qualifier nearly every weekend, and his valuable Extenze sponsorship take the green flag on Sundays.

Bubble Breakdown: Marcos Ambrose Amazing While Scott Speed Slips Onto Edges of Top 35… Again

Last week at Pocono, Sam Hornish Jr. was all smiles when his fourth consecutive top 11 at the tricky triangle capped a five-race, 157-point climb up the standings for his No. 77. The run moved them past Marcos Ambrose, who suffered his third engine failure of 2010, and Elliott Sadler, who was left catching his breath after a horrifying late-race crash, while putting the top 25 in points within reach.

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