Atlanta: Travis Kvapil preview

Kvapil and Long John Silver's Team Not Putting Cart before Horse; Team Still Content with Pace of Progress Statesville, N.C. (March 2, 2010) - With the No. 34 Long John Silver's team coming off its best performance of the young season, Travis ...

Kvapil and Long John Silver's Team Not Putting Cart before Horse; Team Still Content with Pace of Progress

Statesville, N.C. (March 2, 2010) - With the No. 34 Long John Silver's team coming off its best performance of the young season, Travis Kvapil now heads into Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at the 1.5-mile Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway. The team finished 24th last weekend in Las Vegas.

The finish helped them propel into the top-35 in owner points while Kvapil sits 29th in driver points, only seven points out of the top-25. The team is emerging under the skills of Kvapil, leadership of crew chief Steven Lane and the team's continued chemistry.

Kvapil has five truck series starts at Atlanta with a top-five and top-10 finish. He also has seven starts in the Sprint Cup Series at the track with a best finish of 23rd.

Comments from Long John Silver's Racing team driver Travis Kvapil on Atlanta and team progress:

"Atlanta, being one of these mile-and-a-half tracks, it's one of the fastest tracks that we go to. It has a tremendous amount of grip on new tires. The corners are wide and sweeping, but rough and bumpy, too. It's become a very unique track on the tour.

"We carry a lot of speed into the turns on new tires. You just feel like you are hooked up. You go almost wide open through the first and second turns as you try not to lift off the gas. It's amazing what new tires are like at the place. Qualifying is really fast, especially at night when the track is cooler.

"But, during the race, after 10-12 laps into the run you are out of grip and sliding all over the place. The tires are worn out and you're wrestling the car. Your car changes so drastically between old and new tires. Look at how Vegas ended - it's all about tires and track position at these tracks. Atlanta will be the same.

"Right now, I feel pretty good about how things are going. It seems like we're making progress with our communication, our car setups and our races. We have a lot to keep working on, but I think we're getting closer each week.

"We are still eyeing Bristol to keep the car in the top-35 in points. We're not putting the cart before the horse. The horse still needs some water here and there. So, we're providing that and moving along. We had a good performance at Vegas, but at the same time we knew we could have been a bit better, too.

"We had our guys stay out west (between Fontana and Las Vegas) so now we're all busy this week preparing our cars. We don't have a mass army of folks getting five or six cars prepared each week. We have our guys working their tails off and putting good stuff together for us to compete with. We feel good where we are right now and want to get all 500 miles in at Atlanta. That's another good day for us if we can accomplish that."

-source: front row motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers John Long , Travis Kvapil