KVAPIL POSTS SOLID TOP-20 FINISH FOR ZAXBYS AT RICHMOND INT'L RACEWAY Richmond, VA (9-11-09) -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series invaded Richmond International Raceway on Friday, September 11th, a day when America remembered all the men, women and...
KVAPIL POSTS SOLID TOP-20 FINISH FOR ZAXBYS AT RICHMOND INT'L RACEWAY
Richmond, VA (9-11-09) -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series invaded Richmond International Raceway on Friday, September 11th, a day when America remembered all the men, women and children who lost their lives; the brave people who gave their lives and the heroes that responded to the September 11, 2001 attacks on our country.
Travis Kvapil and the No. 09 Zaxby's team overcame a 35th-place qualifying effort and on-track adversity to bring home a respectable 20th-place finish in the Virginia 529 College Savings 300; posting RAB Racing's 5th top-20 finish of the 2009 season.
Rolling off the starting grid from row 18, the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford wasted no time moving through traffic and was scored in the 23rd position by lap 10 of the 250-lap event. Kvapil commented early on that the car was free in the center and needed more rear grip. When the evening's second caution flag was displayed for an incident in turn-2, Brad Parrott called the No. 09 machine down pit road for 4 tires, fuel, a track bar and air pressure adjustment. When the field went back to green on lap 45, Kvapil was scored in the 21st position.
Over the next 15 laps, Kvapil would lose five positions and commented that the car was free. At lap 62, Kvapil came over the radio to say the right rear tire was flat, ultimately forcing the team to pit under green-flag conditions to change right side tires only. The unfortunate situation left the No. 09 machine two laps down in the 32nd position.
Kvapil would slowly make his way back up the scoreboard during a long green flag run and was sitting in the 26th position when the third caution flag was waved for debris. Pit strategy would play a very important role in getting Kvapil track position as Parrott decided to keep the yellow and blue machine out on the track. The Zaxby's Ford was scored 25th only one lap down to race leader Kyle Busch when racing resumed on lap 130.
Fortunately for the Zaxby's team a caution flag was displayed just six laps later for an incident in turn-4. Parrott was able to bring the No. 09 machine down pit road for the team's final stop. Four tires, fuel and a spring rubber out of the right rear were in order. An above average pit stop allowed Kvapil to exit the pit stall in the 23rd position. Green-flag action resumed at lap 141.
Kvapil continued to hold his own in the 22nd position but due to a long green flag run on the .750-mile short track he lost another lap to VA native Denny Hamlin on lap 186. When the evening's fifth and final caution flag was displayed at lap 226 for debris Parrott opted to stay out again to gain back one of the two laps Kvapil had lost.
With 20 laps to go Kvapil restarted 20th one lap down. However, with the leaders on new tires and a 20-lap stint to the end Kvapil would settle for a 20th-place finish two laps down to race winner Carl Edwards.
The solid effort was Kvapil's eighth top-20 finish in 11 starts at Richmond International Raceway. Additionally, Kvapil's efforts moved the No. 09 entry up to 33rd in the 2009 championship owner point standings with 1,729 points; just 102 markers behind 32nd and 529 points outside the top-30.
Up next for RAB Racing is the Dover 200 from Dover International Speedway. John Wes Townley will be back behind the wheel of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion for what he calls his favorite track on the circuit. Townley, a 2009 Raybestos Rookie, has two starts on the 1-mile oval.