Bristol: Pole winner interview

Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150, captured his third career pole in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series by claiming the top spot for Wednesday's night's O'Reilly 200. TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150...

Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150, captured his third career pole in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series by claiming the top spot for Wednesday's night's O'Reilly 200.

TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150 --

"It's always nice to start up front at Bristol. We had a great test here a couple of weeks ago and really learned a lot. We came here yesterday with our K&N Ford and it's just been fast right off the truck. We really found some speed in it today. I was really happy because the guys sat back at the hotel and talked about it and they came up with a good game plan for today and it paid off. You don't know what to expect for pit strategy and things like that, but being up front is definitely gonna play into our hands."

HAVE YOU TALKED ABOUT PIT STRATEGY?

"I think it's gonna depend on how the race plays out. I think everybody is gonna try to pit as early as they can and make it the rest of the way on fuel, but then do you pit again or not? I feel like the track is easier to pass now than it was and the tires don't seem to fall off a whole lot, so it's just gonna kind of depend on how many guys are on the lead lap and how your truck is performing. Hopefully, we can just keep it up front all night and we'll be happy."

DO YOU NOTICE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE FROM A GRIP STANDPOINT WITH THE NEW CONCRETE SURFACE?

"It seems like anytime we go to concrete it kind of has that same feel. It has a lot of grip, but at the same time, it's kind of tough to get a hold of it. It's a lot different than what it was a couple of weeks ago. It seems like there's a lot more rubber down in the track, so they did a great job with the track. The groove has opened up a little bit and I think it's gonna be a little bit easier to pass. It's still gonna be a track position type of race, but if we get back there a little bit, I think we can get our way to the front."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Travis Kvapil