Somewhere, deep in the heart of NASCAR Country, in an undisclosed location, a new NASCAR superteam is being assembled. Nobody knows about it. Nobody is paying attention. And this new team is getting ready to sneak up on the competition in 2010.
Alright, so it’s not exactly like that. There is no superteam being assembled, and it’s not like nobody is paying attention. But there is a small team of competitive drivers that may sneak up on the competition in 2010 that not many people are paying attention to.
Independent team Front Row Motorsports, who finished 35th in the 2009 Sprint Cup standings with John Andretti, is expanding its operation into a 2-car team for the 2010 season. And there are plenty of changes going on in the shop.
For starters, the whole doubling-the-size-of-the-team thing. FRM ran a single-car operation a year ago, and was fairly competitive, beating out Red Bull driver Scott Speed for the final spot in the top 35 in points. The #34 car, however, will be getting a new driver in Travis Kvapil, the 2003 Truck Series champion.
The #34 car will also be getting a new teammate in rookie Kevin Conway, who will drive the #37 Extense mens’ health supplement car. I know, you’re already turned on to this team. Conway, as of now, will be the only driver competing for Rookie of the Year honors in 2010.
On top of that, FRR will be getting a manufacturer change, switching from Chevy to Ford, and getting technical support from Roush-Yates, a step up from the zero technical support they got a year ago. The switch will not only give them better equipment, but will allow them to share notes with two of NASCAR’s best teams, Roush-Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports.
Finally, the team will have two experienced crew chiefs. Steven Lane, who worked with Kvapil some in 2009, will be atop the #34 pit box. And though nothing is official, it appears that Peter Sospenzo, former Chip Ganassi Racing crew chief, may join the #37 team, with the rookie Conway.
All of this is going on during NASCAR’s quiet time. Not too many people are keeping an eye on the situation. In fact, Fox Sports is the only major media outlet that has had any coverage of this.
So even though this may not be a championship caliber team just yet, don’t be surprised if Travis Kvapil, Kevin Conway, and the whole Front Row Motorsports team sneak up on the competition in 2010.