YOUNG RACER STAYS OUT OF TROUBLE AND ON THE LEAD LAP AT NASHVILLE Travis Kittleson Notches Top-15 Finish in Truck Series Debut CONCORD, NC (August 15, 2006) -- There's an old saying that you never get a second chance to make a...
YOUNG RACER STAYS OUT OF TROUBLE AND ON THE LEAD LAP AT NASHVILLE
Travis Kittleson Notches Top-15 Finish in Truck Series Debut
CONCORD, NC (August 15, 2006) -- There's an old saying that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Well, when that applies to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, it's a very good thing for Travis Kittleson.
The young Florida driver entered his first Truck Series event on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway. The race was an education, but that's not all. Kittleson got to show his stuff by bringing home a top-15 finish for Green Light Racing, an independent team racing against giants such as factory supported Toyota teams and operations with NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series ties like Roush Racing and Kevin Harvick, Inc.
Kittleson stayed on the lead lap all race long and finished a solid 15th after starting 32nd in the Bob Steele Chevrolet / FansFirst.com / Fraternal Order of Eagles (FoE.com) Chevrolet Silverado
"That gives us something to build on," said Kittleson. "We finished well, stayed out of trouble and I learned a lot out there. This is a lot different from short track racing. You need to have a perfect aero package or else when you get running two-wide and try to make a pass, you will slide your nose right up the track and end up in the fifth groove. You have to change your driving style to adjust to that."
Kittleson has proven himself by running up front on short tracks from Florida to the Midwest and now he welcomes the opportunity to step up into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck or Busch Series.
"We'll see how things go from here," said Kittleson. "I know that I can get the job done at this level and I would just like to have the chance to prove that. We had a good race at Nashville and I'm very thankful for having that opportunity."
And while the Truck Series is still new to Kittleson, the skills needed to succeed there are universal to the entire sport.
"There are some things that are unique to the Truck Series and there are some things that are different about racing on a speedway, but the fundamentals are the same no matter what you are racing. Knowing when to be patient and when to be aggressive is important no matter what you are driving. We accomplished what we set out to do this weekend. Now, I just have to keep moving forward from here."