There's No Place like Home for Kvapil Driver Has Faith in New Crew Chief Statesville, N.C. (October 12, 2010) - The garages and pits might seem a little more crowded at this week's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. With Travis Kvapil and the Long...
There's No Place like Home for Kvapil
Driver Has Faith in New Crew Chief
Statesville, N.C. (October 12, 2010) - The garages and pits might seem a little more crowded at this week's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. With Travis Kvapil and the Long John Silver's Ford team racing at their home track of Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Kvapil will be surrounded by plenty of friends and family plus non-traveling team members from Front Row's Statesville, N.C., race shop. Kvapil, new crew chief Brian Burns and the No. 34 team are ready to put on a good show for the home crowd during Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at the 1.5-mile oval.
Saturday's race will be Kvapil's eighth Sprint Cup Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His highest finish is 17th. In this season's spring race at the track, the Long John Silver's team battled a tough-handling car to move up from the back of the field and finish 28th.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing team driver Travis Kvapil on the Charlotte Motor Speedway, New Crew Chief Brian Burns and the Recently Announced Big-Screen Videoboard:
"I'm really excited to go to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the fall race. The Saturday night race is always fun. It's great to be at home - that's probably the biggest thing that's cool about Charlotte. You're able to bring all your friends and family. Guys that typically work at the shop throughout the week, who don't travel with the team on race weekends, they can come to the track and be a part of it.
"Charlotte's a great racetrack. It's a mile and a half, high-banked and has a lot of speed. It's similar to some of the other places we go to, so we can take a lot of the things that we learned at other tracks and apply them there. So we're looking for a great run.
"Over the past few weeks, we've made some changes at the shop in moving crew chiefs around. My crew chief since Fontana has been Brian Burns, and I'm excited to have him step up. He's a guy who's been with the company for a few years now. He was my race engineer on the Long John Silver's car throughout this season, and he was race engineer on the No. 34 car last year also. He's a really, really smart, young guy. I know he's going to do an excellent job. I feel that he's one of the leaders of this whole company, actually. He's got a lot of experience in the field, working at (Earnhardt) Ganassi a few years ago, and is a hard worker. I think we're going to work well together. I'm looking forward to finishing the year out as a team and building for next year with Brian as my crew chief.
"Charlotte's making some changes. They're adding a really, really big, big-screen in time for the May race. It's cool that they're reaching out to the fans to try to put on a better show. Having that big-screen on the backstretch is going to give everybody in the infield and everybody on the frontstretch a really good opportunity to stay in tune to the action on the track. Sometimes when you're watching a race live, you might be watching your guy and you might miss something else. So, it's always nice to have a replay. For that matter, maybe I can watch it under cautions as we're going down the backstretch so I can see what the yellow flag was for. It should be pretty cool."
-source: front row motorsports