Event: Las Vegas
Kvapil Looks for Change of Luck in Vegas; Dealt Bad Hands in Daytona and Phoenix, Ready to Rebound
Statesville, N.C. (March 2, 2011) - In the first two races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Travis Kvapil was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, with accidents sidelining him early at Daytona and Phoenix. The driver of the No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford is ready for a change of luck this week at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway and the chance to show how fast his 2011 car can be.
Kvapil has four Cup career starts at Las Vegas, including one top-10 finish (eighth).
Comments from Long John Silver's driver Travis Kvapil on Las Vegas:
"I really like going to Las Vegas. They repaved it a couple years ago and added the banking to it. It used to be kind of a flat mile-and-a-half. Now it's high-banked and fast. The first race I ran there in 2007 in the (Camping World Truck Series) truck on the new configuration, I won that day. We qualified decent last year at Las Vegas and ran pretty well, so I always feel good about going there.
"Of course, the town is fun and there are things to do. It's neat to get out to the West and see a different part of the country. But again, I just really like the track and I'm excited to take our new cars and new engines out there. The anticipation of the unknown for us when we get to all these other tracks is big right now. It's not just how much better do we think we are, but we'll find out how much better we're really going to be when we get to these places.
"With the new cars with the new noses, and the new engines, we're somewhat starting from scratch on our race notebooks. A lot of things we learned last year, we can apply to this year. We can use that information as a reference or use it as a starting point for our set-ups. A majority of the races last year, when we left by the end of the weekend, we probably had a pretty decent package - something that was driving OK but we just lacked some speed. So we're hoping with the new engines and with the new technology built in to these new cars - obviously they have new bodies compared to what we had - we pick up some speed with the new equipment.
"I think things like springs, sway bars and shocks and the way we tune them during the race weekend will still apply and we can use those for reference. But I'm working with a new crew chief, Bill Henderson, and he's got his own ideas on things he's worked with and set-ups he's run in the past. So we've got a good mix of his ideas, our ideas on what we've run in the past, and with new cars, we've got an opportunity to run much better."
-source: front row motorsports