Las Vegas: Kvapil - Ford interview 2009-02-24

This Week in Ford Racing Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 28 Yates Racing Ford Fusion, has enjoyed success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, site of this weekend's Shelby 427. In three career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts there, he has one ...

This Week in Ford Racing

Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 28 Yates Racing Ford Fusion, has enjoyed success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, site of this weekend's Shelby 427. In three career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts there, he has one top-10 finish (eighth, last year) and one top-10 start. He also won a Truck Series race there two years ago. Kvapil finished 18th last weekend in Fontana, Calif.

ON RACING AT LAS VEGAS. "It's a fun track. Over the past few years, they've reconfigured it, and I've got a Truck Series win here in '07 there, as well, so it's definitely a place I enjoy going to - not just because it's Las Vegas, but because it's always been a fun race track. When it was flat, you'd race two- or three-wide there and the groove really opened up. Two years ago, or so, they repaved it and added a bunch of paving to the track, and that gave the track a lot of speed. It's strange; it's a brand-new track, but it already has some roughness to it, and after a few laps on your tires you can race side-by-side and make some passes. I like the high-banked, mile-and-a-half type tracks. It's a place I enjoy going to. It's always good racing there, in both configurations."

WITH THE NEW CONFIGURATION, DOES IT CLOSELY RESEMBLE ANY OTHER MILE-AND-A- HALF TRACK ON THE CIRCUIT? "It's kind of its own unique track right now - it's probably more like a Texas, kind of Charlotte, somewhere in-between there. You really carry a lot of speed and the track has a lot of grip. It's a little bit rough, where Charlotte and Texas are fairly smooth. It's definitely a unique mile-and-a-half track. I like the new configuration with the banking; it's definitely a lot faster race track, and I think the racing was not compromised in doing that."

ON BEING NOT FULLY SPONSORED AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NEXT FEW RACES. "Obviously, what we [did] in California [was] a big day for us. We had a great car [there] last spring and just didn't get the results. Vegas was a good track for us last year. It seemed like we struggled at Atlanta, but I feel like we made big improvements on our Atlanta track and our setup there from last spring and last fall, and hopefully we'll just make that much more of an improvement here for this spring. Overall, though, I feel like we'll be okay. Martinsville and Bristol are coming up, too. Those are tracks that I always tend to run pretty well at. So we just need to go out and perform, get the job done. We've been fortunate to have a couple sponsors come around - Golden Corral, Farmer's Insurance. I don't know what capacity they'll be with us in the future, but hopefully they like what they see and want to stick around or we find somebody that we can keep putting deals together and keep it going."

ARE THERE STILL POTENTIAL SPONSORS OUT THERE THAT ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED WITH NASCAR RIGHT NOW? "I think so. I'm not, obviously, the one making phone calls or answering phone calls every day, but our marketing team says there's a lot of interest in our team right now. All of the sponsors we had on our car a year ago are definitely interested. They haven't closed the door on it, it seems like they're holding back, not sure if they want to commit, so I think there are, hopefully, opportunities down the road where some of these teams will feel comfortable with the economy and their business and are able to get back into NASCAR racing. It's definitely a great avenue to reach out to the fans."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Travis Kvapil
Teams Yates Racing