TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd) "We had a really great truck. I knew that in practice yesterday and, unfortunately, we had to start by points so we started a ways back there. We just had a really good truck right...
TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd)
"We had a really great truck. I knew that in practice yesterday and, unfortunately, we had to start by points so we started a ways back there. We just had a really good truck right from the get-go and we worked our way up into the top 10. Then the first pit stop I had them loosen the truck up a little bit for me and on the restart I thought the truck was gonna be way too loose, but after about 10 laps it took off and just drove our way up through there. Really, I think I drove all the way up to second and then when Ron pitted we stayed out and got the lead and led a little bit there. The guys on pit road had a great pit stop and we came out leading and the truck was really fast. We were just running great lap times and it just took my truck like three or four laps to get going after a restart. I was just too loose. We'd spin the rear tires and it just took me a little while to get going, but after a few laps I could really go and put good lap times down again. I was concerned when that caution came out with Ron behind me. He's always good at restarts and I think the 17 truck got down inside of me and got in there too hot -- a lapped truck -- and got loose, got up into me. He spun out and I had to go way up the track to avoid that and that's when Ron slipped by. Like I said, it just took me a little bit to get going -- two or three laps -- and Benson got by me. We definitely had a long-run truck and we had a bunch of cautions there at the end that hurt me."
DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING TODAY THAT WILL HELP TOMORROW?
"Yeah, I think so. I couldn't believe it. That long green-flag run, the fastest lap I made of the race was two laps before I pitted and that's 50-60 laps on the tires. I just couldn't believe how durable the tire was. Now, granted, the Cup cars got 200 more horsepower, but, basically, the biggest thing I learned is that the tire is very durable and I think you're gonna see a lot of no-tire and two-tire stuff tomorrow to gain track position. It seemed like my truck was actually better with 10 laps on the tires than on fresh stuff."
DID THE CONTACT WITH THE 17 HURT YOUR TRUCK AT ALL?
"No, I don't think it hurt my truck, but the biggest thing was I lost my position to Ron and, like I said, my truck was just too loose for two or three laps, but the way the race played out, where you'd only run a lap or two and there would be a caution, I might have been able to just hold my position long enough to stay in front of Ron. I knew Ron was gonna be faster than me for a few laps and I was hoping we could go 10 or 15 laps straight. I felt I could reel him back in and go, but it's just the way it is with all these cautions at the end. We were kind of stuck. We had a truck set up to just go for the long run and not five and 10-lap segments. I'd like to think I could have held Ron off, but, more than likely, probably not. He was pretty fast on the get-go and I was slipping and sliding for a few laps."
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