NCWTS: Kvapil Scores MAKE’s First Top-5 in Daytona

Event: NextEra Energy Resources 250 
Date: February 19th, 2016
Track: Daytona International Speedway

Start: 32nd
Finish: 5th
Laps Led: 2
Driver’s Points Position: 5th
Owner’s Points Position: 5th

Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 50 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), finishes 5th after using strategy to avoid the “Big One”.

The No. 50 Chevrolet Silverado struggled in practice and qualifying with single truck runs however Travis Kvapil showed speed in the draft. Kvapil would start the NextEra Energy Resources 250 in the 32nd position. The experience of Travis Kvapil showed from the start of the race as he decided to drop to the back to avoid any damage. The caution flag flew at lap 6, so the crew went to work filing the Chevrolet Silverado full of Sunoco racing fuel.  Caution flag flew on lap 42 for an incident on the frontstretch. The crew went to work with four Goodyear tires and two cans of racing fuel. Travis Kvapil continued to discuss the possibility of wrecks to come during the next couple of short caution periods. This was defiantly the case as on lap 94 The No. 50 avoided the “Big One”, an 18-Truck accident in turn 3 causing a red flag period of nearly 30 minutes. During this break
Kvapil, Spotter Doug Campbell, and the team finally decided it was time to make some moves with 2 laps to go. Travis Kvapil restarted in the 6th position and quickly worked the draft to move up until the caution flag flew on lap 100 ending the race. The No. 50 of Travis Kvapil Finished up the NextEra Energy Resources 250 in the 5th position scoring the best finish for the small MAKE Motorsports team out of Shelby, NC. This is also Travis Kvapil’s 1st top-5 since the 2012 NCWTS season.

TRAVIS KVAPIL QUOTE: “We didn’t have a fast enough truck to be in the front all night but we knew there would be a wreck at some point. I didn’t want to be in the middle lane so we just stayed in the back while being patient and waiting for the big wreck. The wrecks are inevitable at the end when they start getting aggressive, pushy, and impatient. After the big wreck it was time to make some moves to get the best position possible. We executed our strategy well and got the results in the end. I can’t thank CorvetteParts.netenough for coming on board and the MAKE Crew who worked hard all weekend.”