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Travis Kvapil NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Victory at Nashville
It was hot at Nashville Superspeedway at Lebanon, Tennessee, but Travis Kvapil was hotter in the No.6 K&N Filters Ford F-150. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Racer started in 11th place and finished first.
No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150 Team
Travis Kvapil in 3rd Position in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Point Standings
From practice to qualifying, Kvapil and the No. 6 K&N Team sizzled on the track and was the crew to beat.
Travis Kvapil's Burnout at Nashville
Travis Kvapil in K&N Filters No. 6
The No.6 K&N Filters Ford F-150 was solid in practice and qualifying sessions last Friday. On Saturday there was no relief from the sweltering heat but Kvapil went to the tight side during his two lap qualifying effort. He started at 11th and Mike Skinner took the pole position. However, Skinner’s place at the top of the scoring tower would be short.
Kvapil entered the Nashville Superspeedway Race with four starts at the 1.333-mile oval. Skinner led the field into turn one in his No. 5 truck, but Kvapil immediately jockeyed for position. He was seventh by lap 10 and reported the K&N Ford needed to turn better in the middle of the corners. K&N Crew Chief Mike Beam planned a track bar and tire pressure adjustment during the first pit stop to help Kvapil’s handling.
On lap 41 the first caution flew due to debris on the track and Kvapil came down to pit road for the first time. Kvapil pulled into the K&N pit for new tires, fuel and adjustments. He returned to the track in 6th position. The green flag flew again and the No.6 K&N Ford F-150 started picking off the competition one at a time. By the halfway point on lap 75, Kvapil was the fastest truck on the track and there was no looking back.
The Wisconsin native eventually found his way to the top of the charts on lap 103. Shortly after Kvapil took over the lead, the fourth caution flew and brought him back to pit road for the final time of the night. The K&N Team returned Kvapil to the track 14.8 seconds later. Kvapil took the green flag again on lap 114 and never relinquished the lead.
On lap 150 under a rain of flashbulbs Kvapil won. The victory brought the K&N Team’s win column to three for the season along with seven top-five and ten top-ten finishes. Kvapil beat Ron Hornady, Jr. by 2.403 seconds to preserve his chances for a second title. He is third in the overall point standings, 236 points behind leader Mike Skinner.
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