This Week in Ford Racing Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 28 Hitachi Power Tools Ford Fusion, stands 24th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings going into this weekend's race at Phoenix. He spoke about the one-mile track and...
This Week in Ford Racing
Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 28 Hitachi Power Tools Ford Fusion, stands 24th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings going into this weekend's race at Phoenix. He spoke about the one-mile track and his season to date.
"Phoenix is a really fun race track. It's a one-mile track, but it has a half-mile, short-track, half-to-three-quarter-mile feel to it. You have really, really tight corners in one and two and kind of a long, flat sweeper through three and four, so it's really a track where you've got to find a compromise on your setup. A lot of times you're tight in one and two and loose in three and four and that's just kind of the balance you have to have. I'm excited about it. There are a lot of things we learned at Loudon that I think we can apply there with our setup, and I'm guessing as most of these tracks we go to, our setup is gonna be quite a bit different than what we raced there the first time because of the things we've learned throughout the summer and things that we think are better. So it's just a fun track to go out there. I like going out west, too. It's a fun track and it's great racing. It's a great weekend because they have a bunch of divisions there and it's just a really cool place to race at."
HAS YOUR TEAM BEEN WORKING TOWARDS NEXT YEAR AND TRYING THINGS THAT NORMALLY YOU MAY NOT TRY IF YOU WERE IN THE CHASE? "We are disappointed with the second half of our year. It seemed like the first half we were running pretty solid and pretty consistent. We were in the top 20 in points and we had some bad luck in there, but, more than anything, our performance has just kind of fallen off a little bit. We haven't completely given up on what we're doing right now, but there were definitely a few tracks where we were trying a different package than maybe the rest of our teammates were and it might have hurt us, but we're trying to get better and trying to definitely build for next year. At the same time, we still need to have performance now to hopefully secure sponsorship. We feel like we're right on the cusp of getting that done, so it's a fine line. We need to perform for today, but evolve for tomorrow as well."
ARE YOU READY FOR THE OFF-SEASON? "I wouldn't mind taking a couple of weeks off. It seems like you're at the last couple of weeks and you say, 'OK, I'm ready for a break. I'm ready to go visit family for Thanksgiving,' and things like that, but, for me, about mid-December I get the bug and I want to get back going again. As a race-car driver, we've got the easiest part of it. We don't have to work Monday-Friday at the shop, we just get the glory of showing up on the weekend and driving these things, but I know for a team it's good for us to get a little time off and regroup a little bit and build for next year. We're really optimistic for '09, but as a driver, I like to take a couple weeks off, but then I'd like to be right back at it."
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