Going Retro at Richmond Kvapil Likes Old-Time Feel of Short-Track Night Race, Statesville, N.C. (April 27, 2010) - For Travis Kvapil, Saturday night's Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway will feel like "Turn Back the Clock"...
Going Retro at Richmond
Kvapil Likes Old-Time Feel of Short-Track Night Race,
Statesville, N.C. (April 27, 2010) - For Travis Kvapil, Saturday night's Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway will feel like "Turn Back the Clock" night. The driver of the No. 34 Long John Silver's Ford likens the .75-mile oval event to his late-model racing days under the lights at short tracks.
The team is coming off a strong run at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where the No. 34 Ford ran with the leaders all day, deftly avoid the big pile-ups and coming home with an 18th-place finish.
Saturday's race will be Kvapil's seventh Sprint Cup series start at Richmond. His best finish at the track is 11th.
LP Building Products returns to the No. 34 car as an associate sponsor this weekend. The Nashville, Tenn.-based company is a leading manufacturer of high-quality building materials. LP has been named as one of the safest companies in America and operates production facilities in the U.S., Canada and South America.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing team driver Travis Kvapil on Richmond International Raceway:
"I really like Richmond. It's a fun racetrack. It's a three-quarter-mile track but you carry a lot of speed there. It's got big, long straight-aways and pretty tight corners, but the corners have got enough banking to them that you can run side-by-side, even three-wide, all the way along the bottom line and all the way up to the wall. Once we get some rubber laid down, the racing is spectacular.
"It's a short-track feel with a lot of speed. So I think the fans really enjoy it. The fans are always really supportive of us when we get there. I know as competitors, we always enjoy going to Richmond. It's always one of our favorites. Saturday-night racing under the lights - it kind of takes you back to that short-track feel from what we grew up with, running Friday and Saturday nights with our late-model cars.
"I feel like our Front Row Motorsports team should be able to run pretty competitively there. I thought at Martinsville and Bristol - the two short tracks where we've run so far - we ran pretty competitively. We probably didn't get the finishes we should've had at either one of those races. But I thought we had cars that could run in the top 20. If we could've found better track position, we would've been just fine.
"I'm really proud of how our team performed at Talladega. Those green-white-checkers were pretty hairy at the end there. We avoided a couple wrecks that happened right in front of us and came through with a top-20. My spotter, Kevin Hamlin, did a great job all day.
"I'm excited about going to Richmond. It's a fun track to go to, it's a fun track to drive, and it's really fun racing once we get two- and three-wide. It's also nice to have our friends at LP Building Products there this weekend, too. They were with us at Texas and they'll be back at Richmond. They have been fun to get to know and we really appreciate all their support."
-source: front row motorsports