Texas II: Travis Kvapil preview

Kvapil Looks for Texas-Sized Rebound Can Get Back in Groove at Favorite Track Statesville, N.C. (November 2, 2010) - Texas Motor Speedway is the type of track to make you forget about everything else and focus on the task at hand. The tricky, ...

Kvapil Looks for Texas-Sized Rebound
Can Get Back in Groove at Favorite Track

Statesville, N.C. (November 2, 2010) - Texas Motor Speedway is the type of track to make you forget about everything else and focus on the task at hand. The tricky, 1.5-mile oval is just what the doctor ordered for Travis Kvapil after he missed last weekend's race at Talladega (Ala.) Speedway after failing to qualify on speed. This weekend, he'll head to the Lone Star State and one of his favorite tracks to pilot the No. 34 Long John Silver's Ford in Sunday's AAA Texas 500.

Kvapil has visited Victory Lane at Texas, earning his first Truck Series win at the track in 2001. His truck career also included five top-5 and seven top-10 finishes at the Fort Worth facility. Sunday's race will be his eighth Sprint Cup Series start at Texas. He finished 24th in the April race this year, and his best career Cup finish is 18th.

Comments from Long John Silver's Driver Travis Kvapil on Texas Motor Speedway and Missing Talladega:

"Texas is a track I really enjoy going to. It's really special to me because I won my first truck race there a few years ago. I feel pretty good about going back. Our (October) Charlotte finish wasn't that great but we had a really competitive racecar, and Texas is like Charlotte. I like those types of racetracks - Charlotte, Texas, Michigan. They suit my driving style and we've had some pretty good runs at those types of places.

"Texas is a neat track. You can run two- and three-wide there. The groove widens out once tires wear out a little bit. It's got enough character to it, with a couple little bumps, so you've got to have a good handling car and a good spring and shock package to get through the corners. And obviously you need good horsepower to get down the straight-aways. I'm optimistic about it. I think we can go there and run well. I think we can probably do a little better than we did in the springtime and come out of there with a good day.

"Obviously we were disappointed about missing the Talladega race. We've had a tough couple weeks with that '38' car. First, we were within five points of getting back in to the top 35 going into Martinsville. But we had problems during that race, cutting a tire and then the gear issue later, so that set us back a bit. We had hoped to not be in position to have to qualify on speed at Talladega, but the Martinsville finish kind of ruined that. Then we just struggled with speed at Talladega and wound up missing the race. So those are definitely two weeks to forget.

"We've worked really hard at Front Row Motorsports to get that car back up into the top 35, and we're going to keep digging to get the most we can out of these last three races. I'm proud of my team and proud of the effort they've put in. Sometimes the results don't always reflect the effort, but I'm proud of my guys."

-source: front row motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers John Long , Travis Kvapil
Teams Front Row Motorsports