A Shake-Up in the Set-Up Kvapil's Team Takes New Approach to Richmond Statesville, N.C. (September 7, 2010) - When Travis Kvapil hits Richmond (Va.) International Raceway this week, he might feel like he's racing the track for the first time...
A Shake-Up in the Set-Up
Kvapil's Team Takes New Approach to Richmond
Statesville, N.C. (September 7, 2010) - When Travis Kvapil hits Richmond (Va.) International Raceway this week, he might feel like he's racing the track for the first time this season. That's because the Long John Silver's team is taking a different car and set-up than they ran earlier this year at the 0.75-mile oval. Kvapil and the No. 38 team expect to bring a faster car to the track, as they'll need to qualify on speed for Saturday night's Air Guard 400.
Kvapil has seven Sprint Cup series starts at Richmond, with a top finish of 11th. The team finished 34th at the track's May 1 race.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing team driver Travis Kvapil on Richmond International Raceway:
"We're excited to go back to Richmond. Actually, we're excited to go back to all these tracks for a second time. Richmond is a place where we didn't run as well as we wanted to in the spring race. But we've been going back and looking at some of the set-ups that have worked for us the past couple months, and we're going to go with a completely different set-up to Richmond. We're also taking a different car, which is a lighter car. So, we'll be in much better shape this time.
"This team struggled a bit early in the season, finding the right combinations and figuring out the balance I liked in my car. Now that we're in the second half of the year, going to these tracks a second time, we have a lot better understanding of where we stack up and things that work for us. So I know we're performing better now than we did earlier this year.
"All the night races are a lot of fun and Richmond is probably one of the coolest ones we go to. It's a really cool track where you can run two- and three-wide. It's a big enough place where you can carry a lot of speed and you have to have good aerodynamics and horsepower, but it's a small enough track where the fans are right on top of the action. It's still short-track racing with a little beatin' and bangin'. And with it being the last race for some guys to make the Chase, it could get a little crazy.
"Night racing is always fun and Richmond is just a cool place for it. It takes me think of my old short-track days, racing late models on Friday and Saturday nights. I always look forward to going there.
"We didn't have the best weekend at Atlanta, so we're definitely looking to rebound. Atlanta's just one of those tracks we can't quite hit the set-up on. But we've got a good approach to Richmond and we're confident we will not only make the race but have a good run."
-source: front row motorsports