Dover a Fast Favorite for Kvapil LP Building Products and Advantage Homes Join Team Statesville, N.C. (September 21, 2010) - Travis Kvapil can always bank on the speed of Dover (Del.) International Speedway - and the driver of the Long John...
Dover a Fast Favorite for Kvapil
LP Building Products and Advantage Homes Join Team
Statesville, N.C. (September 21, 2010) - Travis Kvapil can always bank on the speed of Dover (Del.) International Speedway - and the driver of the Long John Silver's Ford is looking forward to it. The No. 34 team heads to the high-banked oval for this weekend's AAA 400, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' second race of the season at the "Monster Mile."
The team welcomes LP Building Products and Advantage Homes as associate sponsors on the No. 34 Ford. LP Building Products is a Nashville, Tenn.-based manufacturer of high-quality building materials. Its products are sold through distributors, dealers, professional lumberyards and retail home centers. Advantage Homes builds award-winning, high-quality, innovative homes in some of the most desirable locations in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, using top products to ensure excellence, durability and reliability. This weekend's race will be LP Building Products' second time partnering with Front Row and Advantage Homes' first.
Kvapil is coming off a 32nd-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the team's No. 38 car, which boosted that entry up to 36th in owners' points. He has seven starts in his Sprint Cup career at Dover, with a top finish of 11th.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing Team Driver Travis Kvapil on Dover International Speedway, Front Row's Top-35 Mission and LP Building Products and Advantage Homes:
"I'm excited to go back to Dover. It's a place I really enjoy going to. We didn't run as well as we wanted to in the spring race, but it's a place where I've had some really good results in the past. It's just a really fun racetrack. It's a concrete, high-banked one-mile track, and things happen really fast there. Accidents happen coming off of Turn 2 or Turn 4, and the track's really narrow down the front straight-away so it's hard to stay out of trouble.
"It's one of my favorites. It's a place where you can really attack the corner and carry a lot of speed. The key thing there is to have a car that turns through the middle of the corners. We're excited to go back. We've learned a lot throughout the season and we're going to take a different approach there than we had in the springtime. We'll see if we can come home with a different result.
"The biggest thing when you go concrete racing at a place like Dover, is the track doesn't change as much with the heat. Asphalt, when it cools off, gains a lot of grip. Concrete doesn't seem to change as much as asphalt does. It stays a little more consistent. But, one thing you'll see at Dover and Bristol, as the tires build air pressure and temperature, the front tires always seem like they chatter through the little bumps in the concrete. And you can really feel that. So, you have to have a good spring and bump-stop package in the front and definitely a good shock package. It's just a little bit of a different feel.
"As a team, we've kind of changed our way of thinking in the last few weeks. Our number-one priority is to get that No. 38 back in the top 35 in owners' points. That holds a lot of value for our team. So, all three teams - not just whoever is driving the 38 that week - are working really hard and putting a lot of effort into that car's performance.
"We've really made some good gains with that car in the past month or so. We moved up a spot this past weekend to put us the first car outside of the top 35. So, we're excited about these last nine races and our opportunity to pick up more owner points.
"We're happy to have LP Building Products and Advantage Homes on our No. 34 Fusion this week. LP was with us in Texas earlier this year and I think they had a great experience at the track, so it's cool to have them back. And we'll be welcoming Advantage Homes for the first time. It's always good when you can give the sport some exposure to an organization for the first time, so we're grateful for that opportunity. We'll do our best to get a good finish at Dover for both groups."