'You Can't Have Anything Go Wrong at Loudon' Kvapil Sees Pros and Cons of Moving a NHMS Race Statesville, N.C. (June 22, 2010) - Travis Kvapil says New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a fun place, as long as nothing goes wrong. The one-mile flat...
'You Can't Have Anything Go Wrong at Loudon'
Kvapil Sees Pros and Cons of Moving a NHMS Race
Statesville, N.C. (June 22, 2010) - Travis Kvapil says New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a fun place, as long as nothing goes wrong. The one-mile flat track hosts the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 this weekend - a race so short and a track so challenging that it's hard to recover from any mistakes.
Kvapil and the No. 38 Long John Silver's team are preparing for this tough New England venue after crossing the continent returning from a 24th-place finish at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The weekend's events will be Kvapil's seventh appearance at NHMS in the Cup Series, with a previous best finish of 16th.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing team driver Travis Kvapil on New Hampshire Motor Speedway, possibly moving a NHMS race and 2011 splitter changes:
"Loudon's a really cool racetrack. I won a Camping World Truck Series race there a couple years ago. It's definitely a short track - it's a one-mile, really flat racetrack. In the past, it was really hard to pass there. It definitely used to be a single-groove type of track. Over the past few seasons, they've changed the track just a little bit that it now allows for two-lane and even three-lane racing there.
"Loudon is a place where track position is very important. It's hard to pass. And it's kind of a short race being only 300 laps, so you've really got to have a great-handling car. You've got to have great brakes on your racecar and a great pit crew. Basically it's a place where you can't have anything go wrong. It's too hard to overcome it in a short race. But it's a fun track, and you can pass there, so it's a really cool place.
"Loudon does seem a bit like a larger Martinsville. At Martinsville, you've got the paper-clip shape, long straightaways and really tight corners, and you're hard on the brakes. And Loudon is much of the same, just longer straightaways and a little bit bigger corners. But it's the same feel. So you can definitely relate some things you learn at Martinsville and take those with you to Loudon.
"If we lost one of the Loudon races, it probably wouldn't much matter to me. I like going to the Northeast. The race fans really come out when we go there. But the two Loudon races are fairly close together on the schedule. Maybe we could take one of those races and go somewhere in the Midwest like Kansas again or another Vegas race. I think there are venues on the series that could put more people in the seats. And the banking at Loudon makes it so that the racing isn't really racy, compared to a Charlotte or a Las Vegas-type racetrack, where you can run two or three lanes and carry a lot of speed. Loudon gets a little bit strung out. You just don't run as fast on a flat, one-mile racetrack.
"I would hate to lose another race at Loudon because you'd be taking away from the short tracks that we already feel like we're pretty limited on. But, I wouldn't mind going to one of these newer tracks, maybe in the Midwest, and drawing a larger audience.
"I know there's a lot of talk about changing the front splitter on the Cup car. I think that would be a good change. I remember when I ran the Truck series a few years ago, before the trucks had a splitter, I thought they looked a lot neater. It was just more of an air dam look, kind of like how the new Nationwide Series car is going to look. I feel like the current set-up we have with the splitter is a little bit bulky, kind of archaic-looking.
"I think the race fans would like something that looks more like a car you'd see on the street. I know Ford in particular is running the Mustang in Nationwide. I think if Ford decided to run the Mustang in the Sprint Cup Series, that would be really cool. One of the cars you think of right off the top of your head when you think of Ford and racing is the Mustang. So I think it would be a great fit and I'd be excited to be a part of it if that's what happens down the road."
-source: front row motorsports