Kvapil Makes History at Daytona in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Race

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In one of the most exciting races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Travis Kvapil finished third in the No.6 K&N Engineering Ford F-150 at Daytona International Speedway. He is part of Daytona history with the eighth closest finish in the Series' record books.
Jack Roush, Travis Kvapil and Charles Maier Jack Roush, Travis Kvapil and Charles Maier
Travis Kvapil led most of the way in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race at Daytona
Travis Kvapil led most of the way in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race at Daytona
“Daytona can be tough,” said Jack Roush, owner of Roush Industries, Inc. “Travis did everything he needed to do. A lot of times you can have the fastest vehicle and still not win.”

K&N Ford F-150
K&N Ford F-150
K&N Proud Sponsor of Roush Racing No.6 Ford F-150
K&N Proud Sponsor of Roush Racing No.6 Ford F-150
Kvapil started the race in 4th position and put the K&N Ford at the top of the leader board at lap 18. He ran in front of the field until lap 23 when a caution involving several trucks and lots of debris changed things. Crew Chief Mike Beam called the K&N No.6 to pit road. Kvapil restarted 8th at lap 29 and was back in front by lap 37. He continued dominating until Benson pushed Sprague around Kvapil at turn four, bringing the three trucks to the finish line. Sprage took the win with a mere 0.31 second margin of victory.

“I’ve been here before and I knew that was going to happen,” said Kvapil. “I got down the backstretch and looked in my mirror and thought I’m too far on these guys. Either way, if I just held it wide open, they would have passed me earlier. I’m disappointed. I was dragging on the brake down the backstretch and trying to split the air between those two guys. In doing that I lost a lot of my own momentum. Our K&N F-150 was the best truck out there and I feel like I let down the guys on the team. I don’t know how I could have done it any better. If I moved up we would have wrecked, so I needed to give him just enough room and unfortunately it cost me the win. I’m really proud of everybody with Roush Fenway Racing. They gave me the best truck in testing and I had the best truck out there. As for K&N, we just signed them last Thursday for Daytona, so we’re really happy to get them out front most of the night.”

“I am a customer and proponent of K&N,” said Roush. “From our prospective K&N products have provided us with performance over the last decade.”

“We’re thrilled to team up with Travis Kvapil and Roush Fenway Racing,” said Charles Maier, Sports Marketing Director of K&N Engineering. “Roush Racing, now Roush Fenway Fracing has been in the business of winning races for many years and we are pleased to be associated at Daytona and look forward to an on-going business relationship with the new joint venture.”

Kvapil is tied for second in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, just 15 points out of the lead. The next race is at California Speedway on February 23.

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