Yates Racing Driver, Travis Kvapil: "The main focus of restrictor plate racing is to make sure that you have a strong enough car that will make it to the end of the race. I know that the engine shop has been working really hard leading into ...
Yates Racing Driver, Travis Kvapil:
"The main focus of restrictor plate racing is to make sure that you have a strong enough car that will make it to the end of the race. I know that the engine shop has been working really hard leading into this weekend and they feel very confident that we're going to have a very strong engine package for this weekend. There is a difference in racing at Daytona in July versus when we open up the season there in February and the focus for this weekend will be handling. The track surface is much warmer in July than when we race in February so cars tend to not have as much grip in the heat. We'll focus the majority of our practice time on making sure that we are comfortable with how the car handles in the turns and at the high speeds we attain on the straightaways. I'm looking forward to racing Saturday night under the lights at Daytona."
Yates Racing Crew Chief, Todd Parrott:
"The car that we're bringing to Daytona this weekend has been our main speedway car this year. It's the same car we ran in the Daytona 500 as well as at Talladega where Travis (Kvapil) got his best finish of the season so far with a sixth-place finish at Talladega. This car has a lot of speed and our focus will be to make sure we stay out of trouble and have a good-handling car since the high temperatures in Florida will leave drivers searching for grip. Our goal is to have a shot to win this race on Saturday night and I truly feel that we have the driver, team, and equipment to be able to do that."
NOTES OF INTEREST:
* Kvapil will sign autographs at the Ford Racing merchandise trailer on Saturday, July 5th from 4:00pm-4:30pm
* Kvapil has an average starting position of 27.0, and an average finish of 25.8 at Daytona
* Kvapil has completed all 926 career laps at Daytona (100 percent) and has led for one lap
* Kvapil's best finish at Daytona is 19th which he accomplished in the 2005 Daytona 500
Chassis #719 is the chassis the No. 28 Ford. Drive One. team will be running this weekend for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. This is the same chassis the team ran at Daytona for the Daytona 500 at the beginning of the season, as well as at Talladega in April where they finished a season-best sixth-place.