Richmond: Kvapil - Ford Friday interview

Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 28 Yates Racing Ford Fusion, is coming off his second top-10 finish of the season after a sixth-place run at Talladega last Sunday. Kvapil, who is 23rd in the Sprint Cup point standings, spoke about...

Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 28 Yates Racing Ford Fusion, is coming off his second top-10 finish of the season after a sixth-place run at Talladega last Sunday. Kvapil, who is 23rd in the Sprint Cup point standings, spoke about this weekend's race at Richmond before Friday's practice session.

YOU HAVEN'T RACED AT ANY OF THESE TRACKS WITH THE NEW CAR AND WITH LIMITED TESTING, YOU DON'T NECESSARILY GET THAT CHANCE UNTIL RACE WEEKEND. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET USED TO EACH TRACK LIKE RICHMOND TODAY? "To be honest with you, it doesn't take long -- maybe five to 10 laps -- something like that. Fortunately, early in the year we've been able to test at a lot of race tracks. I haven't raced here at Richmond since the fall of '06. The Truck Series doesn't run here and I obviously haven't run the new car here as well, so it'll be a little bit of an adjustment, but I think just the laps I've had at Phoenix and Martinsville with this car, especially Phoenix, I think Phoenix is pretty close to the driving characteristics of what it's gonna do here at Richmond, so I think I'll be up to speed relatively soon. I don't want to say it's an easy track to get around, but it's pretty straightforward. There's nothing really crazy about this race track and then having 300 laps under my belt at Phoenix with this car makes me think we're gonna be OK. It'll be just like normal. It'll take a few laps to feel it out and get my braking points down and things like that, but it won't take too long."

DO YOU FEEL THIS TEAM IS HITTING ITS STRIDE? "I think so. I think all of Yates Racing is gaining momentum it seems like. It's exciting when these cars are getting color on them now, especially the last few weeks, and it all works hand in hand. The better we run, the more apt sponsors are to jump aboard, so we're working really hard at the shop. That's what's really cool and it's paying off. I'm just really proud of my team. We are making gains every week and the relationship is getting stronger with the crew chief and driver and the teams are working really well together, so we're definitely gaining momentum and I think we are gonna continue to just get better as the year goes forward."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Travis Kvapil
Teams Yates Racing