TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 16 IWX MOTOR FREIGHT CHEVROLET SILVERADO, finished 2nd: ABOUT YOUR RACE TODAY. "It's really fun to sit in something that I can drive to the front, and that's exactly what I had today. We had to pit a few times, we had some...
TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 16 IWX MOTOR FREIGHT CHEVROLET SILVERADO, finished 2nd:
ABOUT YOUR RACE TODAY. "It's really fun to sit in something that I can drive to the front, and that's exactly what I had today. We had to pit a few times, we had some body damage. The first pit stop I slid right through the pit box, didn't get outside tires on it and had to come back around. We had a lot of things going on today, but we were able to keep working on it. The truck was pretty tight in the beginning and I couldn't make up any ground, and it was real tight off the corners. To be faster today, we really had to be turning off the corners on the bottom because everybody was protecting the bottom so much. The guys did a great job making adjustments for me so I could keep the truck turning on the bottom. What a finish, that was exciting."
YOU'VE NOW GOT FOUR WEEKS UNTIL YOUR NEXT EVENT AT DARLINGTON. YOU MUST BE EXCITED ABOUT THAT RACE. "Yea, I can't wait to get to a racetrack where we can bang a little bit, not that we didn't today I guess. Tire strategy is going to be key there, so it's a fun racetrack where the driver's real important. Mainly we just need to concentrate on getting our trucks ready to go to Darlington, take our short-track stuff it ready, and we'll probably do a little testing in between. Basically we spent all winter building a brand-new truck to come here. We tested three times to come here and really haven't spent any time on the rest of the year, so we'll spend this next month concentrating on getting ourselves tuned up for the rest of the year."
DESCRIBE THAT LAST LAP, WHAT YOU SAW AND WHAT YOU DID. "We were fourth coming to the green/white/checkered deal, and we had kind of made an agreement with the 52 truck that we were going to stay in line until we were coming to the checkered, but on the backstretch in Turn 3 we were going to jump to the outside and try and make a run on the 14 and the 29. We were pretty sure that the two Fords, the 14 and the 29, were going to stick together, so we were going to jump to the outside on the last lap, and I was actually going to try and push Mike (Wallace) to the win. He had a good run off of (Turn) 2 coming to the white-flag lap, and I felt like it was just too early to make a move to the outside. All afternoon the bottom groove was really where you had to be to make up ground. It seemed like anytime you went to the outside guys would slide back, and you could never really make up any ground on the outside. I kind of feel bad that I hung Mike out to dry, but at the same time I had to do what I thought was going to put me in a position to go to the front and give myself a chance to win. I thought the 14 was going to win, then I thought the 29 was going to win. At one point the 59 was leading, and coming off of (Turn) 4 when they got side by side in front of me it punched such a big hole in the air, I got such a good run on them I thought I was going to blow by them both. I just about did - it was close."
CRAWFORD'S MOVE WAS PRETTY DRAMATIC ON THE LAST LAP - HOW EXCITING WAS THE END? "I guess I'd have to see a replay of it. I don't even really remember what happened there. All I knew is I thought I was pushing Rick (Crawford) down the backstretch coming into Turn 3, and then I believe the 59 was on the outside of him and they kind of pulled away from me a little bit. But I got such a good run on both of them I was kind of able to slingshot the two of them to the outside and make it three-wide. Like I said earlier, the bottom groove was where I wanted to commit myself until we were coming to the checkered flag, and that's exactly what I did. The 14 truck was the one that happened to be down there who I was pushing down the backstretch on the last lap.