Martinsville: Travis Kvapil preview

Kvapil to Race A&W All American Food Ford Team Looking for Best Finish of Season at Martinsville Statesville, N.C. (March 23, 2010) - Coming off his second top-25 finish of the season, Travis Kvapil and the No. 34 team head to another ...

Kvapil to Race A&W All American Food Ford
Team Looking for Best Finish of Season at Martinsville

Statesville, N.C. (March 23, 2010) - Coming off his second top-25 finish of the season, Travis Kvapil and the No. 34 team head to another short track this weekend. Kvapil will be carrying the colors and logos of A&W All American Food for the first time this season. A&W All American Food is a division of YUM! Brands Inc.

The team finished 25th at Bristol this past weekend and is hopeful for a top-20 finish this weekend. Kvapil will be making his ninth Sprint Cup start at Martinsville. His best finish is 18th in 2008.

Comments from A&W All American Food driver Travis Kvapil on Martinsville:

"This weekend is the first race in what will be a series of races transitioning from the wing to the spoiler. I don't anticipate anything major happening this weekend. The biggest change will just be the physical look of the car. You don't need a wing or a spoiler at Martinsville to race around there. It's just another piece that can get knocked off at a short track like this.

"You are going to see a difference with the new spoiler at the mile-and-a-half tracks, the larger mile tracks like New Hampshire or even Richmond. The places where downforce is more important, I think we'll see guys working harder to figure out the spoiler and how to get the best balance of the car.

"The biggest keys to Martinsville are having mechanical grip and having your car turn in the corner. You want to have good drive through the turns and be able to get on the gas quickly. The exit off the corner is important and that's what the guys who are good excel at.

"The handling is just so much more important now. I think five or 10 years ago guys used to worry about transmissions and brakes melting during the 500 laps, but guys have such good equipment now that it's not that much of a worry. The technology is more advanced with the brake pads and brake systems that you need to concentrate more on setup than anything else.

"I enjoy Martinsville, short-track racing and the feel it has to it. It's a lot like how I raced growing up. The track is one of my favorites and we should be able to come out of here with another good finish. We're working on things to qualify better and race a bit better. I think this weekend is a good shot for us to have a top-20 finish."

-source: front row motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Travis Kvapil