By admin | March 9, 2011
By Richard Allen
This past Friday Robby Gordon allegedly attacked Kevin Conway in the ‘Neon Garage’ at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. According to reports seen in various areas, Gordon supposedly confronted Conway and soon afterwards the situation turned physical.
In that regard, Conway issued the following statement: “I don’t mind stiff competition, but I want to make sure the hard facts are told. First and foremost, I love being a part of NASCAR and have worked very hard to earn the privilege of competing in the Sprint Cup Series. On Friday night, Robby Gordon, who has a long history of issues in NASCAR decided to ambush me in the garage area at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, completely unprovoked. Robby even confronted Joe Nemechek, my car owner, on pit road during Cup Series qualifying shoving him and telling him that he was looking for me and going to assault me. We have many witnesses including a crew chief that signed a police report documenting the truth of his physical attack on me. Situations like this are not good for our sport. It’s one thing if we were racing each other and I wrecked him or he wrecked me, that’s an entirely different situation. It’s very unfortunate that he chose to physically attack me to address his rage. Our fans, sponsors and NASCAR expect and deserve more from our competitors than this bullish, illegal behavior that was displayed by Robby against me.”
The alleged incident apparently stems from legal proceedings between the two drivers.
Last year, Conway drove one of Gordon’s cars for a short time with the understanding that ExtenZe, a company which produces a male enhancement drug, would provide sponsorship of the car. According to Gordon, those sponsorship payments were not made in full. In turn, Gordon supposedly never paid Conway a portion of what he was supposed to have earned for his driving services. This has resulted in lawsuits being filed between the mentioned parties.
Gordon has released a statement refuting Conway’s claims about the alleged incident. He says that no punches were thrown, but rather, a heated argument was all that took place.
Whether any money is ever recovered or not, the problem for Conway in this matter may run deeper than financial. His career may have taken a dramatic turn. Even if payment is gained, credibility may well have been irreparably lost in a place where it matters most to a NASCAR driver, the garage area.
Since the above statement was released, the social networking site, twitter, has been abuzz with ridicule and mockery. A number of well known drivers, media personalities and fans have weighed in about the statement’s wording. The fact that Conway’s sponsor is a male enhancement product and the words “stiff” and “hard” were used within the first sentence of the paragraph was seemingly not lost on anyone. But more importantly, the additional comments made by others were particularly telling.
To be perfectly honest, I find it difficult to take Conway’s statement seriously due to that very wording. It almost seems to be so over the top that one almost wants to believe it to be some sort of contrived means of garnering attention for ExtenZe.
Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) openly laughed at the inescapable phrasing. Worse, Brendan Gaughan(@Gaughan62) declared, “Conway is a wuss”. A number of media personalities and fans have devised innumerable ‘tweets’ making fun of and adding to the wording contained within the statement.
Ultimately, it seems to be somewhat obvious that Kevin Conway has damaged himself in the incident with Robby Gordon occurred. While it was Gordon who was branded as the aggressor and placed on probation by NASCAR, it is likely that Conway will be branded as the loser of credibility among his peers when all is said and done.
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