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Travis Kvapil Remains 3rd in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with K&N Filters Ford
Handling problems plagued Travis Kvapil in the No.6 K&N Filters Ford F-150 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.
No.6 K&N Filters Ford F-150
Kvapil and the No. 6 K&N Team entered New Hampshire third in points in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Kvapil fought to stay in the top-10, but a round of green flag pit stops followed by a caution sent him one lap down and he was unable to regain track position. He drove the No.6 F-150 to a 15th place finish.
Travis Kvapil in No.6 K&N Ford F-150 at New Hampshire International Speedway
Kvapil fights to stay in top ten at Loudon
The No.7 K&N Filters Ford F-150 was a top ten truck during both practice sessions on Friday. Rain cancelled Saturday morning’s qualifying session. The field lined up according to points and Kvapil was third at the start of Saturday’s 200-lap event.
Pole sitter Ron Hornaday jumped into the lead and Kvapil moved into second at the start. By lap seven, Kvapil reported that the No. 6 was tight going into the center of the corner.
Crew chief Mike Beam planned a wedge adjustment to help correct the handling problem, but it would be 32 laps before Kvapil could pit. He was in 7th place when the first caution flew on lap 38. Kvapil came down pit road and the K&N Team changed four tires, re-fueled, made a wedge adjustment and pulled a left rear spring rubber. Kvapil went back to the track in 10th place for the re-start on lap 43.
Kvapil settled into 11th place as the field spread out but on lap 57, the No. 40 and the No. 09 collided and several other trucks drove into them for the third caution. The field re-started on lap 66 and spread further and further apart. Kvapil fell as low as 14th by lap 85 but moved his way back to 12th by lap 92.
On lap 137 Kvapil had cycled to second on the board. On lap 138 Beam called for Kvapil to come down to pit road for the final time. Kvapil left pit road in 14th but as the field cycled around the No. 51 truck spun bringing out the fourth and final caution.
The field took the green on lap 146 and spread out. Kvapil fought to put himself in position, but the truck dashed his hopes. Kvapil finished 15th, but maintained his third position in the overall point standings.
“We fought it all weekend,” said Kvapil. “The truck would tighten up during a run and it just would not roll through the center. Mike Beam and the entire K&N Team worked really hard this weekend. We just couldn’t hit on the set-up.”
Kvapi and the K&N Team return to action next week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 22. Look for the race live on SPEED-TV.
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K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world's leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports from off-road and powersports to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N Filters, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.knfilters.com.
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