TRAVIS KVAPIL, No.5 No.5 International Trucks-Monaco RV Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Are you looking forward to returning to the Camping World Truck Series full-time? "I'm excited to be back in the Truck Series full-time. I've been there a handful of races over the last couple years. The Truck Series is very special to me. It's the series where I got my first starts in NASCAR, and won some races there, and won a championship there. It's cool to be back with Toyota -- I got them their first NASCAR victory in the Truck Series. Just a lot of neat things happening for me. I'm excited to be with the Randy Moss team. They got a great sponsor in International Trucks. It's just a good group of people. A new crew chief on that side too with Ricky Viers. It's an exciting time for me to run a truck full-time, yet run in the Cup car almost full-time. It's going to be a fun summer for me."
Will it take time to get acquainted with the Randy Moss team or are there familiar faces at the team? "There are a lot of familiar faces there starting at the top with David Dollar (co-owner) -- he's been in the Truck Series for as long as -- I started in 2001 and he was there a few years before me. I know David. I got to know him over the years. Chris Showalter, my car chief, was actually my crew chief/car chief back in 2003 when I won the Truck Series championship. And there are some fabricator guys and tire guys that were on my teams over the past couple years. So, a lot of familiar faces. The rules in the Truck Series haven't really changed since I ran there full-time in '07. So, I feel like I'm going to be comfortable getting acquainted to the truck and knowing what I need in my set-up and things like that."
Is it a concern balancing your time between the two teams? "It's a concern. I'm the type of driver that likes -- a couple days a week I'll go to the shops and hang out. I'm usually, like during the practice and when the garage closes here (at the track). On a race weekend, I'm usually walking out with the team. I like to stay around the garage, stay around the shop and things like that. I've already had a little bit of a battle with myself. When I'll be at one shop and I want to go to the other shop and hang out over there too and see what they're doing with the other team. I am fortunate that they're only about 10 miles away from each other. They are both in Statesville (North Carolina) -- so it's easy for me top bounce back and forth. I think the Truck series is only 25 races so there's a lot of weekends where I don't think there's really going to be a lot of conflict. We are completely separated, or a truck race is Friday and the Cup race is Sunday and after Friday's over I'm done and over with that for the weekend and can concentrate on the Cup car Saturday and Sunday. It's going to be a battle. I know it's going to be busy, but I'm excited to have the opportunity to run them both and to be busy and I'll do the best I can and spend as much time as I can -- and that's definitely what is needed -- with each team."
-source: toyota motorsports