Kvapil - Ford interview 2008-09-16

This Week in Ford Racing Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 28 Yates Racing Ford Fusion, isn't in the 12-driver Chase field, but he's still racing as hard as he can on a weekly basis. Kvapil provided perspective on how he views those competing...

This Week in Ford Racing

Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 28 Yates Racing Ford Fusion, isn't in the 12-driver Chase field, but he's still racing as hard as he can on a weekly basis. Kvapil provided perspective on how he views those competing for the championship and whether or not he's conscious of that on track.

ARE YOU MORE COGNIZANT OF THE CHASE DRIVERS AT THIS POINT IN THE SEASON? "Yeah, for sure. You still have to race hard, but I think for those 12 guys you have to be pretty respectful. There's give-and-take, and I would think it would be the same thing on their end of it, too. They don't want to do anything foolish to wreck out of a race because one bad race could really hurt their chances at a championship, so you still have to race hard but you've got to be respectful and have a little give-and-take, especially with those 12 guys. As a competitor, I don't want to be that guy that could cause them trouble and cause them their shot at winning the championship. So you just have to be respectful while racing hard and just be aware of the situation."

IS THAT HARDER TO DO AT DOVER WHERE THINGS HAPPEN SO FAST? "Yeah, probably. Fortunately, though, at a place like that there are a couple of grooves once we get in the race and you can move around. But things do happen fast there and a lot of times you get caught up in something and that's just racing. We had a good car there in the spring and I think we ran 11th, so I'm excited to go to Dover. At the same time, there's a lot on the line for those 12 guys and you just really have to be aware of that and race those 12 guys, not really differently than the rest of the field, but you just have to make sure you don't stick your nose in there and cause them a bad day."

JACK ROUSH SAID THE OTHER DAY THAT TEAMS NOT IN THE CHASE SHOULD BE WORKING ON THINGS FOR 2009. IS THAT THE APPROACH YOUR TEAM IS TAKING? "We can't just start from scratch and go out in left field and away from everything we've learned thus far, but Loudon is a good example. We had a completely different setup than what we had in the first race earlier in the year just looking for things that will help us at places like Martinsville and Phoenix later in the year. The first half of the year went so good for us. We were top-20 in points, but in the summer months we really fell back and struggled and now we're trying to get forward again and figure out where we didn't keep up. We want to try and get better to wind these last 10 races down and build for next year."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Travis Kvapil
Teams Yates Racing