Kvapil Has Unfinished Business at Loudon Team Takes Same Car and Confidence back to NHMS Statesville, N.C. (September 14, 2010) - Travis Kvapil and the No. 38 Long John Silver's team are ready to make up for the slip-up - the one that cost them...
Kvapil Has Unfinished Business at Loudon
Team Takes Same Car and Confidence back to NHMS
Statesville, N.C. (September 14, 2010) - Travis Kvapil and the No. 38 Long John Silver's team are ready to make up for the slip-up - the one that cost them a starting position at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June. The team missed the NASCAR season's first race at the one-mile flat track when their strong-practicing car got loose during a very slick qualifying session, causing them to miss the main event. It is the only race the team has missed this season.
The team returns to Loudon, N.H., with the same car and a similar set-up, and the confidence they'll put the Long John Silver's Fusion into the starting line-up for Sunday's Sylvania 300.
Kvapil has six career Sprint Cup starts NHMS in the Cup Series, with a previous best finish of 16th.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing Team Driver Travis Kvapil on New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Start of the Chase:
"Our first race at Loudon this year, we were really excited about it. We had a great car in practice, and went to qualify and the track was really slick. We slipped and got too loose and missed the race. That was a huge disappointment for this Long John Silver's team and for Front Row Motorsports. It was the first race we missed all season. We're actually going to go back now with the same car and a very similar set-up and we're not going to slip in qualifying. I think we could have had a great race there in June had we made the event.
"This time, first things first, we have to have a good practice and then a good qualifying run. We've got a great set of notes to work with, so I'm confident we can do that. And going there after Richmond, we learned some things at Richmond that will apply to Loudon. We didn't have the best of runs Saturday night, but at least we found out some things that will help us in our approach to Loudon.
"I'm not worried about qualifying at all. I still have a lot of confidence going to Loudon - confidence in my car and in my team and in the set-up. I think we're going to go up there and run really well.
"Now that we get into the Chase, you don't really race the Chase guys any differently, but you're just aware of the 12 guys and what the consequences could be if you slipped and took them out or if you wrecked and they were a part of it. You still want to race hard, but you don't lay over for those guys by any means. You definitely know what the consequences are if something happens.
"I've been in situations in the Truck Series where I've been racing for a championship. The last thing you want is to get wrecked by one of your competitors. So you just have to be aware of those guys, show a little bit of patience, but still race them really hard."
-source: fron row motorsports