Kvapil Aims High at Michigan, Speaks about G-W-C Finishes Team Looks for Strong Finish for Ford, Fans Statesville, N.C. (June 8, 2010) - After a quality finish in the Poconos, the No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford team looks to carry some momentum...
Kvapil Aims High at Michigan, Speaks about G-W-C Finishes
Team Looks for Strong Finish for Ford, Fans
Statesville, N.C. (June 8, 2010) - After a quality finish in the Poconos, the No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford team looks to carry some momentum to Michigan International Speedway - a track that Travis Kvapil likes and where he has seen Victory Lane. The team hopes to put on a good show for local fans and for Michigan-based Ford Motor Company at Sunday's Heluva Good! 400 at the high-banked, two-mile oval.
The team is coming off a 22nd-place finish at Pocono Raceway, where they benefited from smart pit strategy and avoided a multi-car wreck under a green-white-checkered finish.
Kvapil has six previous Sprint Cup starts at Michigan, with a top finish of 13th. The 2003 Camping World Truck Series champion also has two Truck wins at MIS.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing team driver Travis Kvapil on Michigan International Speedway and Green-White-Checkered Finishes:
"I really like Michigan. It's a neat place - a big, two-mile, high-banked racetrack. It's always important to run well when you go to Michigan because it's Ford's backyard and you want to have a good showing for them. The race fans are awesome when we go up there, too. They're always excited to have NASCAR in town.
"It's just a great racetrack. It's a little old, a little worn out. But what makes it so cool is you can run three- and four-wide there no problem. There's plenty of room and there's plenty of racetrack. I've had some success there, winning a couple Truck Series races. And if you won at a track in the past, you always feel some confidence going back in the future. So Michigan's one of my favorites. I'm looking forward to going and having a good run up there - not only for our team but for Ford Motor Company.
"It's definitely a track where aero is important. At Front Row, we don't get a lot of seven-post or wind tunnel time being a little bit smaller race team. We just have to work hard and go off of our notes and spend a lot of time talking to the crew chief and the engineer about what we've done in the past and what I like in my car when I've run well there in the past.
"There's a lot of hard work that goes into it, but I feel like the guys have been doing a good job. I feel like the cars we're taking to the track now are definitely better than what we had earlier in the season. So we just need to keep improving every week. But Michigan is definitely a place we're looking forward to. It'll be tough to go out and contend for a win but we can definitely challenge to have a solid finish. I think we can get a top-10 in Michigan.
"The green-white-checkered rule that NASCAR put in for this year, I really like it. The race fans have to like it. I think it's great. You've got a lot of different scenarios that can play out. If you're toward the back, you can come in and put tires on it and give yourself at shot at trying to advance a few positions. If you're one of the guys in the top five or six, you might want to just keep your track position and hopefully ride it out for a lap or two.
"At Pocono, (crew chief) Steven Lane and I went back and forth quite a bit trying to decide what our best option was for that last dash. In the end, we decided to stay out and hold our position. We weren't getting much out of our old tires, but I think it was the right move. If we had pitted, we would have restarted farther back and probably would have gotten caught up in that big wreck.
"Just a lot of different scenarios can play out with a green-white-checkered. A lot of different strategies for the engineers, crew chiefs and drivers to try to get figured out. It's definitely great for the fans, it's very exciting. And for us drivers, it's all about capitalizing on opportunity. You get the field bunched all back up, and you get to go at it for two laps. You just try to get as many positions as you can. Obviously, a lot of things can go bad when you've got 30 guys all stacked up ready to charge hard for a lap or two, as we saw at Pocono. The key is bringing it home in one piece and still get a good result, which is what we did."
About Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing: Front Row Motorsports was formed in 2005 by restaurant entrepreneur Bob Jenkins. Since that time, the team has entered a car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2010, Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing will partner with Ford and Roush/Yates Engines to field a three-car operation based in Statesville, N.C. The team fields the Long John Silver's Ford driven by Travis Kvapil, the Taco Bell Ford driven by David Gilliland and the ExtenZe Racing Ford driven by Kevin Conway.