Kvapil Ready to Get Drafted 'Anything Can Happen' at Superspeedway Statesville, N.C. (April 21, 2010) - Is it possible for the racing at Talladega to get even closer? Travis Kvapil believes recent design changes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup car...
Kvapil Ready to Get Drafted
'Anything Can Happen' at Superspeedway
Statesville, N.C. (April 21, 2010) - Is it possible for the racing at Talladega to get even closer? Travis Kvapil believes recent design changes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup car could lead to even tighter drafting for this weekend's Aaron's 499 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
After a short week at the Front Row Motorsports shop due to Monday's rain-delayed race at Texas Motor Speedway, the No. 34 Long John Silver's Ford team is now preparing for the season's first superspeedway race with the series' new spoiler. The Long John Silver's Ford team successfully raced its way back into the top 35 in owners points in Texas with a 24th-place finish.
Sunday's race will be Kvapil's sixth Sprint Cup start at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. He has earned one pole and has a best finish of sixth.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing team driver Travis Kvapil on Talladega Superspeedway:
"Talladega is going to be unique going there with the spoiler on our cars instead of the wing. NASCAR sent a bunch of teams down there a few weeks ago and collected a bunch of data. But anything can happen when we go there, as far as the rules. I've been there before where you show up with one package, and they make changes throughout the weekend, they put different restrictor plates on throughout the weekend, so we just have to be really open-minded. But I believe they're pretty confident in the spoiler package they're bringing to the speedway. So, all the changes that they made, we really don't know how it's going to turn out.
"The restrictor-plate race at Daytona (in February) was phenomenal. I expect this race at Talladega to be even more competitive. I think these cars might suck up and draft even better than they did in the past. So we're all going to be shooting from the hip along with NASCAR to see how it all works out. I feel confident that it will be a great race.
"Talladega is exciting because you don't have to have the fastest car to be running fifth, or even second for that matter. You can position yourself correctly and make the right moves and you can still win the race.
"We're in that 40-car pack, three-wide, all within two seconds of each other from the leader to last place. It's phenomenal to watch for the fans. You're running 200 miles an hour, bumper to bumper, door to door, three-wide for 500 miles. One mistake could cause a big crash, so that keeps the fans on the edge of their seats. They're watching to see if all the drivers stay in check, and when the big accident happens, they're just hoping their driver made it through.
"It's never-wracking as a driver, but I enjoy it. It's a big chess match at 200 miles an hour. But you've got to be there at the end of the day. And if you're in that lead pack with a few laps to go, you've got a shot at winning."