Fontana II: Travis Kvapil preview

Kvapil Set Up to Succeed at Fontana Team Had Strong LJS Ford at Spring Race Statesville, N.C. (October 5, 2010) - Travis Kvapil and the No. 34 Long John Silver's Ford team head to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., this week, hoping to...

Kvapil Set Up to Succeed at Fontana
Team Had Strong LJS Ford at Spring Race

Statesville, N.C. (October 5, 2010) - Travis Kvapil and the No. 34 Long John Silver's Ford team head to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., this week, hoping to pick up where they left off in the spring. The team had a strong car at the February race at the two-mile oval, but lost an engine cylinder late in the event. The No. 34 crew will take a similar set-up to the track this week, looking for a good finish in Sunday's Pepsi Max 400.

Kvapil has seven career Sprint Cup starts at Auto Club Speedway, with a top finish of 18th. The team finished 30th at the track's February race after the mechanical issue struck.

Comments from Long John Silver's Racing Team Driver Travis Kvapil on Auto Club Speedway and the Track Losing a 2011 Race:

"We're really excited to go back to Auto Club Speedway. It's a lot like Michigan. It's a two-mile, medium-banked racetrack. Our set-up in our race there in February was really good. We finished 30th, so it doesn't show that we had a really good race, but that's because we lost a cylinder with about 50 laps to go. I think we had been running around 20th or 21st, so we had a pretty good car that day.

"Obviously, we'll look back at what we ran at that first race there. But, more importantly, we'll look at what we ran at some other racetracks throughout the summer and what we learned with our rear sway bars and front bump-stops and all those things and try to apply them to Fontana. We're looking to wrap the year up with some good finishes and I think Fontana is a place where we can definitely do that.

"We made some good progress at Kansas last week. That's a track where I don't have a lot of laps - I've only run there a few times - and it was the series' first trip out there this year, so it was our first time running there as a team. But we had our car working pretty good after the practice sessions and into the race. It was just one of those deals where we didn't have the best qualifying run and we started toward the back, and from there it's tough to make up track position under long green-flag runs.

"As far as Fontana losing a race, I like going out there twice a year. But it's not going to hurt my feelings to only go there once and go to Kansas twice. I probably favor Kansas over Fontana. It's just a long way out there (to California). It's hard on the teams logistically when you've got to haul racecars across the country and still be at the racetrack the next week with your truck ready to go again. So, for the race team it's a little easier only going there one time, but as a driver, it actually doesn't really matter to me."

-source: front row motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Long , Travis Kvapil