Addington Racing Takes 'Like A Rock' Award For Third Straight Year
FONTANA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2001): When Travis Kvapil crossed the finish line on the 57th lap of the 100-lap Auto Club 200 at California Speedway today, he earned Addington Racing its third straight Chevrolet "Like a Rock" award and $50,000.
The Chevrolet "Like a Rock" award, a $50,000 winner-take-all contingency prize, is designed to recognize the "Most Dependable-Longest Lasting" Chevrolet-equipped team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series completing the most laps of competition during a season.
Driving the No. 60 Cat Rental Stores Chevrolet Silverado in his rookie season, Kvapil completed 4,211 laps of a possible 4,281 in the 2001 24-race season. In 73 races, over three seasons, Addington Racing has completed a total of 12,644 laps of a possible 12,799, clearly demonstrating that this team, led by crew chief Rick Ren, has the talent and ability to keep its Silverado running strong under the most strenuous racing conditions.
"We at the Silverado Brand are proud of our association with Addington Racing, a team whose focus is not just on winning, but on finishing each race," said Maria Rohrer, assistant brand manager for the Silverado Brand at Chevrolet. "This award recognizes not only the driver who brings home his Silverado in one piece in each event, but the strength of the entire 'most dependable' crew behind him."
"It's super," said Kvapil, 25, of Janesville, Wis. "It speaks a thousand words as to how good this team is. They did it with two different drivers. That shows how good the guys are back at the shop preparing these trucks for me every week. The Hendrick motors, they're obviously pretty durable. They stand all the miles we put on them. It's really cool for this team to do it three years in a row. It's a big award for the guys; they take a lot of pride in it. I'm just glad I was able to drive the Silverado and just keep it out of trouble the best I could all year long."
Rick Ren, the only series' crew chief to lead two rookie drivers to wins (Kvapil, who won one race this year, and Andy Houston, who won one in 2000), is proud of the team he has assembled. "It just goes to show the dedication that everybody has in doing their job, doing it right, looking for problems, making sure they don't happen. A lot of that's because we went to a lot of trouble to show these guys the right way to do things when we started here and they've all taken it upon themselves that that's part of their job now and they're dedicated to what they do."
Kvapil and Addington Racing closed out the 2001 season with one win, 11 top-five finishes, 18 top-10s and Kvapil earned Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Kvapil's Silverado led 43 laps in 2001.
The "Like a Rock" award has now been presented five times:
1997: Rich Bickle, No. 17 Sears DieHard Battery/Darrel Waltrip Racing Chevy C1500
1998: Jay Sauter, No. 3 GM Goodwrench/Richard Childress Racing Chevy C1500
1999: Andy Houston, No. 60 Cat Rental Stores/Addington Racing Chevy Silverado
2000: Andy Houston, No. 60 Cat Rental Stores/Addington Racing Chevy Silverado
2001: Travis Kvapil, No. 60 Cat Rental Stores/Addington Racing Chevy Silverado
Chevrolet has the leading race track record. No other car or truck manufacturer can match the number of NASCAR, NHRA, sports car-racing and off-road championships that Chevrolet has won. That's because Chevrolet has always worked hard to build performance, style and quality into dependable, long-lasting cars and trucks that go the distance, both on and off the track.