Kvapil Confident He Can Lay Down a Fast Lap Says Talladega Qualifying Is about 'Pure Speed' Statesville, N.C. (October 26, 2010) - Travis Kvapil and the No. 38 Long John Silver's team head to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway this weekend with two...
Kvapil Confident He Can Lay Down a Fast Lap
Says Talladega Qualifying Is about 'Pure Speed'
Statesville, N.C. (October 26, 2010) - Travis Kvapil and the No. 38 Long John Silver's team head to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway this weekend with two goals. The first is to qualify for the Amp Energy Juice 500 on speed. The second is to be in the mix in the closing laps of Sunday's event to contend for a top finish in what many call the biggest "wild card" race of the Sprint Cup season.
Kvapil has a history of finding speed at Talladega, with one pole and a top finish of sixth in his six career starts. He earned a season-best finish of 18th at the track in April.
To help prepare for the super-fast superspeedway, the team visited the AeroDyn wind tunnel this week to make the final adjustments on the No. 38 Ford Fusion before heading south to the 2.66-mile tri-oval.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing Team Driver Travis Kvapil on Talladega Superspeedway, Qualifying the No. 38 on Speed and the Wind Tunnel:
"Going to Talladega having to qualify on speed, it's just going to be a matter of whether your car's fast enough - if you have enough horsepower. Really there's no handling involved. They repaved the track a few years ago, so it's ultra-smooth and has a lot of grip. We just run around there wide open and they're fairly easy to drive by yourself. It's a whole different story when you're in the draft with 40 other guys around you. But for qualifying, it's pure speed and pure horsepower. Hopefully we'll have enough this weekend.
"We had the cars in the wind tunnel this week. There's not a whole lot you can do, as far as changes go, at this point. A lot of times, the development and work in the wind tunnel is done months in advance leading up to the race. We went this week just to verify where our car was. We took two of them. Obviously we wanted to make sure the one that I'm going to be qualifying with on speed has less drag than the other car. We're taking the best car we've got in the shop for the 38 car to qualify in on speed.
"While we're in the wind tunnel, we take the opportunity to try a few things. Of course, with the rules that NASCAR gives you, there's not a whole lot of areas you have to work with. But there are always ideas to try. But I'm confident with our Roush-Yates horsepower that we'll be able to get our Fusion in the field.
"It's always exciting to go to Talladega. I won a pole there a few years ago with Yates Racing, and we were in a position to win the race until we got caught up in a wreck with a few laps to go. Talladega is one of those places where anything can happen. You can be caught up in a big wreck early or you can be in that lead draft with a few laps to go and, if you make the right moves, you can win the race. That's what I'm excited about. It's kind of a wild-card race. We had our best finish there earlier this year, and I think we can go, keep it clean and be there with a few laps to go. And if we pick the right lane and make the right strategy, we could win that race.
"We always see a couple different strategies with Talladega. A lot of times you see a couple guys ride around toward the back, trying to stay out of trouble. Especially with the 'Chase' going on, it's going to be a critical race for those 12 guys. So I can definitely see those guys trying to be a little conservative and trying to ride it out until we get to 10 or 15 laps to go when the money's on the line. But that presents an opportunity for me and for Front Row Motorsports, where we can try to be up front and race hard and try to lead some laps and put on a great race for all the fans of Front Row."
-source: fron row motorsports