Kvapil looks toward 2007 season

KVAPIL LOOKING FORWARD TO 2007 SEASON Concord, N.C. (December 6, 2006) - With a championship, five career wins, 40 top five and 64 top 10 finishes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Travis Kvapil certainly has something to look forward to ...

KVAPIL LOOKING FORWARD TO 2007 SEASON

Concord, N.C. (December 6, 2006) - With a championship, five career wins, 40 top five and 64 top 10 finishes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Travis Kvapil certainly has something to look forward to in 2007. Piloting the No. 6 Ford F-150 for Jack Roush in 2007 will be no small task but Kvapil is up for it and knows he can contend for his second championship.

"I definitely think that everyone's goal going into the year is to go for the championship and have a successful season," stated Kvapil. "Everything that I'm told so far is that the team is sticking together and the same crew chief is going to be onboard. It's basically just plugging in a new driver, and with my experience - I've raced in the Truck Series for four years - I feel like I'm a better driver now than I was two years ago. I just feel that I've had to step up as a driver, and I'm looking forward to going back to the Truck Series where I plan to be successful."

Kvapil, who has been racing since 1992, was a stand out driver in the Truck Series from 2001 to 2004. In just four short years he built a resume that rivals all other champions. In 2001 Kvapil won Rookie-of-the-Year honors after claiming his first career Truck Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway and racking up 11 top five and 18 top 10 finishes in just 24 starts. He also finished fourth in the overall point standings that same year. He went on to win races every season for the next three. In 2003 he had a championship year winning at Bristol, chalking up 22 top 10 finishes in 25 starts and finishing all but one lap on his way to his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship. The 30 year old Janesville, Wis. native had made his mark in NASCAR history and moved on to compete in the NEXTEL Cup Series in 2005 and 2006.

After the 2006 season, the NEXTEL Cup team that Kvapil was with closed its doors. This left the door open for Roush to sign Kvapil to become part of his already strong stable of drivers. An opportunity that Kvapil could not pass up.

"More than anything, for me, it was an opportunity to get with a good group and a good race team." Kvapil continued, "I know given the right opportunity that I can still win races and run up front. We just did it two years ago. When Jack came to me and then asked me to drive that truck, I thought it would just open up so many doors. Number one, it would just get me to running up front and winning races."

One of Kvapil's newest teammates, Carl Edwards, sees the addition of Kvapil to Roush Racing as a strong one.

"Travis is a great driver," said Edwards. "He's proven he can win not only races but championships. He's competitive in both the Truck and Cup Series' and I think he's going to be hard to beat next year. I'm proud to have him as a teammate. He's a super nice guy and he's easy to get along with which is so important. I think he'll be a great addition to Roush Racing and our truck program. He'll be able to pick right up where Mark Martin left off in the No. 6 Ford."

Roush echoed Edwards' excitement about the addition of Kvapil.

"Travis cut his teeth up in Wisconsin like Mark (Martin), and like Matt (Kenseth) did, and like Erik Darnell did. There are a lot of really good racers that have come out of that part of the Midwest. He has won a championship in the Truck Series so he's proved himself as a winner. It's real important to Ford Motor Company and it's important to me. The Mike Beam-led team with Hal Ralston as engineer, is strong team that I think can win a championship. We're real excited to be able to come back and run for a championship with Mike, Travis and the guys."

Kvapil has started in 96 truck races and completed 97 percent (or 16,077 laps) of all the laps run between 2001 and 2004. He's started a truck at 28 race tracks and led laps at all but six of those tracks for a total of 450 laps led in four years. His average career truck start is 9.4 while is average career truck finish is 9.6. With stats like this, look for Kvapil to be at the front of the field in his debut in Roush Racing's No. 6 Ford F-150 on Friday, February 16, 2007.

-credit: roush racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Erik Darnell , Mark Martin , Travis Kvapil