Chevrolet rookies strong at Daytona test

Rookie Travis Kvapil (pronounced KWA-PUL), in the No. 60 CAT Rental Stores Chevrolet Silverado campaigned by Addington Racing, posted the second quickest lap of today's test session, 49.550 seconds at 181.635 mph, just three hundredths of a mile...

Rookie Travis Kvapil (pronounced KWA-PUL), in the No. 60 CAT Rental Stores Chevrolet Silverado campaigned by Addington Racing, posted the second quickest lap of today's test session, 49.550 seconds at 181.635 mph, just three hundredths of a mile per hour slower than series veteran Rick Carelli's No. 1 lap. Kvapil is contesting his first Craftsman Truck Series, following a three-year stint in the NASCAR Re/Max Challenge Series and one season in the ARTGO Challenge Series.

Kvapil: "It's fairly easy so far. I hate to say it, but it is. I think for the most part it's easy because I am with a really good team, a race-winning team -- they finished third in points last year. The only thing that changed this year (for them) from last year is having me. Everything else is still intact. Running on a bigger track like Daytona, that's just new to me. It's pretty easy being out there by yourself, but when we get in the pack (drafting) it's probably going to be a little tougher. Right now it's like driving down the straightaway by yourself."

DID YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE THIS GOOD FIRST TIME OUT?
"Not really. I thought there would be some teams like (Jack) Sprague's and (Bryan) Reffner's that probably would run a little better. It's good. I'm happy with the team, my Silverado and my performance. We're all happy and too excited for this coming year."
ON RUNNING SUPER SPEEDWAYS:
"I've raced at Gateway in St. Louis, Pikes Peak and Chicago. The one-and-a-quarter-mile track in St. Louis is the biggest race track I've raced on. We were at Talladega a week and a half ago. We ran real good out there too. It's been a fairly easy adjustment so far. I'm just kind of taking one step at a time."

ON DRAFTING:
"We just did a little bit at Talladega. I've got a lot to learn there. I only had a taste of it. We will have some time tomorrow afternoon (to draft, as NASCAR will allow drafting from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday). The main thing with the draft that I found is just to be careful, to be paying attention to what's going on. You can't lose your concentration."

Ricky Hendrick, in the No. 5 GMAC/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado, another rookie contender, was fifth today, with a 49.602/181.444 lap. He was followed by non-rookie Jack Sprague, in the No. 24 Netzero.net Chevrolet Silverado, in sixth, 49.620/181.378.

Lance Norick (also not a rookie), No. 90 ABChoice Chevrolet Silverado, was seventh today with a 49.723/181.003, but still holds the quickest lap of the weekend so far, 182.482/49.320, set yesterday.

-Judy Stropus

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