Travis Kvapil in 4th Position in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Point Standings
Kvapil’s K&N Filters Ford was at the top of the speed charts in practice on Friday morning. The K&N Filters crew felt as if they had a shot to contend for the pole in qualifying until the rain started. The qualifying session was cancelled and the field setting was based on 2007 owner’s points.
Kvapil lined up fourth for the start of the 200-lap race, and held the position for the opening 25 laps. At the first caution, he told the K&N Filters crew the truck was strong in the early part of the race.
The race restarted at lap 43 with Kvapil in the third position. He stayed there until the No. 14 and 23 worked their way around him pushing Kvapil into fifth position. At lap 79, there was another caution and Kvapil came to pit road for tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Quick work by the K&N Filters crew sent Kvapil back onto the racetrack in the third position.
Kvapil made his way to the front for the lead at lap 104. As he began to encounter lapped traffic, Kvapil fought a loose condition and he was not able to run the line he was looking for. As the laps continued, the No. 33 and 23 trucks closed the gap on Kvapil, passing him with only 30 laps remaining. He held onto the third position to bring home his sixth top-five finish of the 2007 season.
“All in all, it wasn’t a bad night,” said Kvapil. “I’m just a little disappointed. We really thought in practice we had a truck to win. We were about an adjustment off from being first. In the long run we were just too loose, spinning the tires off the corner and it ultimately hurt me in traffic. It’s just hard to pass lapped guys when you don’t have the whole track to do that. We were just a little too free in the long run, but all in all, not a bad night for our K&N Ford.”
Kvapil is fourth overall in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series point standings. The Series continues at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee on Saturday, August 11.
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