Darlington: Travis Kvapil preview

Quoting Yates Racing Driver, Travis Kvapil: What are you looking forward to heading into Darlington this weekend? "Darlington definitely ranks up there on my list of favorite race tracks. I've always enjoyed racing there because it's ...

Quoting Yates Racing Driver, Travis Kvapil:

What are you looking forward to heading into Darlington this weekend?

"Darlington definitely ranks up there on my list of favorite race tracks. I've always enjoyed racing there because it's a challenging race track. It's going to be a whole new Darlington with a brand new surface. I was able to test a truck there a few weeks ago which allowed me to get some laps in to give me a little familiarity with how the track may be like this weekend. I think it's going to be a great race weekend for us and we're thrilled to have LaFayette Ford as our sponsor at Darlington. The No. 28 will have a throwback paint scheme reminiscent to the days when Fred Lorenzen drove the No. 28 LaFayette car. I guess when you think of throwback race tracks, Darlington is one of those and I think it's going to be neat to have a 60's-looking car at one of the older tracks in the sport. I just really enjoy Saturday night racing and this race is so close to home for us that I'm looking forward to this weekend at Darlington a lot."

Quoting Yates Racing Crew Chief, Todd Parrott:

What's so special about racing at Darlington Raceway for you?

"This weekend we're going to 'The Lady in Black' where there is a lot of tradition associated with Darlington Raceway. Our team is actually going to be carrying the colors of LaFayette Ford, which is a sponsor from the 60's who was affiliated with Fred Lorenzen, so our car will have a throwback kind of look to it as well. It's just a very exciting and fun paint scheme for us to run because there is so much history associated with the great Fred Lorenzen driving that car. He had a lot of success at Darlington so I'm expecting nothing less than a win by Travis (Kvapil) this weekend. It is basically a brand new track since they have repaved the surface, so we've heard that it's very fast and also provides a lot of grip. All races at Darlington are exciting, but it's a track that I've had some success at and I truly enjoy racing there."

NOTES OF INTEREST:

* Kvapil has an average starting position of 17.5, and an average finish of 32.5 at Darlington

* Kvapil has completed 687 of 737 career laps at Darlington (93.2 percent)

* Kvapil's best starting position at Darlington is from 17th in the 2005 Dodge Charger 500

CHASSIS #464

Chassis #464 is the chassis the No. 28 LaFayette Ford team will be running this weekend for the Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington Raceway. This is the same chassis the team took to Bristol earlier this season for the Food City 500.

-credit: yr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Travis Kvapil , Fred Lorenzen
Teams Yates Racing