Last weekend at Watkins Glen, Travis Kvapil scored a 24th-place finish. His teammate Landon Cassill finished 23rd. It was the second time since BK Racing formed in February that both its drivers finished inside the top 25. Kvapil sees the performance as a sign of the team's progress and hopes that this weekend's Pure Michigan 400 will reflect how far they've come since racing at Michigan International Speedway in June.
Kvapil feels that the newly paved, two-mile oval drives just like it used to, only faster. That's great news for a two-time winner at the speedway. He plans to take the same approach he's always had into this weekend and hopes for similar results.
Kvapil's results at MIS speak for themselves. He has visited victory lane on two occasions in Truck Series competition (2004, 2007) and collected one pole (2007). In his four Truck Series starts, he has never finished outside the top-10. He has competed in 11 Cup Series events at MIS. His best finish is 13th, which came in 2008. He's led four laps during two Cup Series events (2010, 2011).
Comments from BK Racing Driver Travis Kvapil heading into Michigan:
"You drive Michigan the same way that you used to. The track is quite a bit different. The surface is just super-smooth and has a lot of grip. Last year and years prior, the track was rough and pretty much worn out. You could run three or four different lines easily throughout the race and move around. Now that it's been repaved, the groove is a lot narrower, maybe one or two lanes. Until the track ages a little bit, we'll be running one or two lanes.
"We had an opportunity to test there a few weeks ago, so I feel pretty good about our package in the Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota. The spring race was OK for us. It wasn't spectacular but we had a good race for our first time there. We'll be taking what we learned in the race, along with what we gained from the test session, and I feel good about it. I think we can go there and have a really good, solid day.
"I've always really enjoyed racing there. I like the way that you can adjust your line to suit how your car's handling. It has good banking. I like tracks like that. I've always had a good feel for it. I've won a couple of Truck races there. I enjoy the track. It's close to home. It just feels good."
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