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Travis Kvapil and K&N Filters Team First at Michigan in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Travis Kvapil and the No. 6 K&N Filters Team scored their first win of the 2007 season at Michigan International Speedway. The Brooklyn win came on the heels of three consecutive top 10 finishes for Kvapil in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Travis Kvapil in No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150
Kvapil at Michigan
Kvapil was strong in both practice sessions last Friday, and the K&N team picked up its first Bud Pole Award of 2007. Kvapil was ahead of second place starter Mark Martin by two-tenths of a second.
No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150 starts first and finishes first at Michigan
Travis Kvapil and K&N Filters Team in Winners Circle at Michigan
At the drop of the green flag, Martin passed Kvapil, but Kvapil put the No. 6 K&N Ford back at first on lap three. He held on for a few laps but Martin took back the lead on lap nine. The No.6 K&N Ford needed an adjustment and Kvapil received the break he needed when a caution flew at lap 29. He went to pit road for tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
On the lap 34 restart, Kvapil lined up second and found himself in the middle of a strong battle among the top-five running trucks. Kvapil, Kyle Busch and Mike Skinner did their best to catch Martin’s truck. At lap 48, Kvapil blew past Martin to reassume the lead, as Martin’s No.21 truck pulled into the garage with an expired engine.
At lap 56 another caution flag flew and Kvapil returned to pit road. When the green flag dropped at lap 61, Kvapil was in third position and ready to run to the checkered flag. In the closing laps it came down to a battle between Busch and Kvapil. During the second to last lap, Kvapil took the lead to pick up the victory.
“K&N is ecstatic Roush Fenway Racing was able to get K&N its first NASCAR win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series,” said K&N Engineering President Steve Rogers. “K&N is the only air filter used by Roush Fenway Racing.”
“It all starts back to the race shop and I’ve got to thank everyone at Roush Fenway Racing, K&N and Ford for giving me this opportunity,” said Kvapil. “We started the year off kind of struggling and the guys figured out what we needed to do to make the trucks where I could drive them fast. Kansas was a turning point, with my teammate Erik Darnell winning there. Since then, we’ve been a top-five truck every time we’ve come to the race track, and we finally did what we needed to do at Michigan.”
Kvapil vaulted to fourth position in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points, 265 markers behind leader Mike Skinner. The series resumes next week at The Milwaukee Mile on Friday, June 22.
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