Kvapil joins Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports will enter the New Year with a new look all
the way around.
The organization will run under the Ford Motorsports banner
in 2010 with Travis Kvapil driving the No. 34 with Steven Lane as
his crew chief, sources told FOXSports.com. Kevin Conway will pilot
the No. 37 Ford with a crew chief to be named later.
“I’m happy to have the opportunity because there’s not many
opportunities out there,” Kvapil said. “The Front Row Motorsports
team has a lot of good things going for them. Sponsorship is
critical to the survival of a race team but despite what type of
sponsorship has been brought in in the past, Bob Jenkins, the
owner, has always been committed to running a full-time deal.
“There’s a lot of work to be done (with changing
manufacturers) but the team has taken another step forward in its
Kvapil, 33, returns to the Ford brand after amicably parting
ways with Yates Racing following the spring race at Bristol last
year when the team ran out of funding. Kvapil won the NASCAR truck
series title in 2003.
Although he hasn’t worked with Lane in the past, he witnessed
first hand the veteran crew chief’s work ethic when Kvapil
attempted three races in the No. 37 FRM car at the end of last
“He’s well respected in the garage and a very hard working
guy,” Kvapil added. “I’m excited about that. I’m not afraid to dive
in there and work hard too. I think it’s going to be a good
Conway, 31, ran 12 races with the Extenze sponsorship in the
Nationwide Series last season for three different owners — Joe
Nemechek, Robert Richardson and Dusty Whitney. His best finish was
15th at Kentucky in the No. 87 Chevrolet.
The short list for Conway’s crew chief candidates include
Peter Sospenzo, who worked with Tony Raines on the No. 37 last
season, as well as Larry Carter and Derrick Findley.