Front Row Motorsports confirmed today what Sirius Speedway first told you last Wednesday; that the team will field a pair of full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Fords in 2010 for drivers Travis Kvapil and Kevin Conway.
Kvapil will drive the Long John Silver's Ford, with Conway competing for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors in a second full-time entry, with sponsorship to be announced in the coming weeks. Sources close to the team tell Sirius Speedway that Conway's 2009 Nationwide sponsor -- Extenze Men's Health Supplement -- will accompany him to the Sprint Cup ranks. Front Row will receive engines from Roush/Yates Racing Engines and technical support from Ford Racing.
"Obviously this is the next step for our guys and the organization," said team owner Bob Jenkins. "To have support from Ford, along with the quality engines from Roush/Yates, this is a big leap forward for us. Travis is a champion and a veteran of this series. We expect him to take us to the next level and at the same time be a great mentor to Kevin who is competing for rookie of the year. I have confidence that they can help us get to the next level."
Kvapil, 33, returns to the Sprint Cup Series after his Yates Racing Ford was parked early last season due to lack of sponsorship. In 2008, the former Camping World Truck Series champion finished 23rd in points with four top-10 finishes for Yates.
"It's great to be back racing on the Sprint Cup tour again with Front Row Motorsports and Ford Racing," said Kvapil. "This is a team that created a real solid base last year. They have a lot of talented guys at the shop and the addition of Ford and their support will only allow the guys to get better. I have experience with Ford and Roush/Yates Racing Engines and I feel good about what we can do on the track this season."
Conway said his main goals for the season are to gain experience and compete for Rookie of the Year honors. "This is a great opportunity to compete at the highest levels of NASCAR," he said. "The goal is to gain experience as quickly as possible with the cars and compete for solid finishes as the season goes along. Having Travis as a teammate and being backed by Ford and Roush/Yates Racing Engines gives me a lot of confidence that we can perform up to the highest standards."