Kvapil Up for Hard-to-Handle Track Charlotte Performance Is Good Pocono Preview Statesville, N.C. (June 1, 2010) - Travis Kvapil knows you have to pick your poison at Pocono Raceway. With each corner of the 2.5-mile oval being unique, you need...
Kvapil Up for Hard-to-Handle Track Charlotte Performance Is Good Pocono Preview
Statesville, N.C. (June 1, 2010) - Travis Kvapil knows you have to pick your poison at Pocono Raceway. With each corner of the 2.5-mile oval being unique, you need to choose the one you want your car to handle best. The No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford team is ready to take on the challenge in this weekend's Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at the Long Pond, Pa., track.
The team is coming off two strong runs at Charlotte Motor Speedway - a 28th-place finish in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 and a ninth-place run during the previous week's Sprint Showdown.
The race will be Kvapil's seventh Sprint Cup start at Pocono. His best finish is 16th.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing team driver Travis Kvapil on Pocono Raceway and Team Progress:
"I like Pocono quite a bit. It's the most unique racetrack we go to by far. It's got a huge, long front straightaway, a very fast and high-banked Turn 1, and then Turn 2 is a pretty flat, 90-degree corner. And then Turn 3 is even flatter yet, and it's a long, sweeping corner like at Milwaukee or Loudon.
"It's just really hard to get a good handle on your race car there. If you handle good through Turns 1 and 2, you're always tight through Turn 3. If you get it working through Turn 3, you're always really loose through Turn 2. But it's a really cool racetrack. It's really unique and has an old, worn-out surface, and it makes for a really cool place to go to. I won an ARCA race there (2005), and it's always neat to go to a place where you've won in the past.
"It's very challenging to find a set-up that works for all three corners. I don't know if I've ever had that. Typically you work on Turn 3 the most because it sets you up for the long front straightaway. So, if you can get through Turn 3 well and get to the throttle fast, it carries that momentum and speed all the way down the front straightaway. And you can make some good passes on the frontstretch when your car handles through Turn 3 pretty good. So, for us, we're going to work on Turn 3.
"I think we're going to have a good car at Pocono. We'll be running the same car we ran at Charlotte last week and I was pretty happy with the car there. We got it into a pretty good set-up early on in the race and were able to pass for position when we needed to. We actually had a better car than our 28th-place finish showed because we had to make an extra green-flag stop for a loose wheel. So I'm pretty encouraged for what we can do at Pocono.
"We're a good ways into the season now and I feel like our Long John Silver's team has a pretty good idea of what we need at each racetrack for our set-up. But I'm really looking forward to when we go back to these tracks a second time. I'm working with crew chief Steven Lane and my engineer, Brian Burns, for the first time this year, and new cars and a new race team, too. Right now we're just going off of what our teammates have or what Front Row ran in the past. But it will be nice to go back to these tracks when we'll have notes on what I ran in the past and what I like."